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Robert (Bob) Krenzelok fishing on the Flambeau River and in back of the bakery

Robert on the right and brother Paul on the left at the hunting shack in Wisconsin 1998. Paul passed away in December 1 2000 and Bob May 12 2004. They both have left an empty spot in our families.

Robert Krenzelok was borne in Ladysmith Wisconsin on June 27 1925. He was the 6th living child born to Paul and Elizabeth Kellner Krenzelok.

He first went to St Mary's parochial school where the Catholic Nuns taught him a thing or two. Back then the Nuns were pretty tuff and you really got it if you didn't follow the rules. The Krenzelok's at this time were living at 917 E. 4th St. it was on the corner of 4th St. and Sabin on the south end of town. At this time Robert's father Paul would go to work at the Bakery at 115 E. Worden Ave (started in 1921) or probably the location on East Miner Avenue (moved to this location around 1930). The house on 4th St was a two-bedroom house. Robert remembers that in the living room was a pull out bed that sometimes as many as three of the children would sleep in. In the dining room there was a cot that one of the children would sleep on. I'm guessing that Ann was still living home and was in the second bedroom. I'm sure some of the other children slept in there too. Robert remembers a crib in his parent's room also. Anyways it was a full house I'm sure.

Robert Krenzelok's first communion 1932

Robert Krenzelok, a card he made for his parents 5th grade.

During the summer there were two full size beds up in the loft of the garage that the boys would sleep in. Robert remembers the bats flying around at night. Elizabeth was a very busy woman, with cooking, cleaning and doing the wash for all the family. Her mother for many years would come over once a week to help her with the laundry. For many years they had a large copper boiler that would be on top of the stove and all the clothes were boiled for some reason. Paul always tried to provide his wife with the latest washing equipment and one time brought home one of the first washing machines that washed and spin-dried. It was quite an event and didn't work out because it vibrated so badly and Elizabeth could not stand it!

The old house at 917 E 4th St S Avenue in 1998 on the corner of E College Ave. Note 2006: the color of this house has been changed.

Robert second over from the top left at his good friend and little did he know at the time his future brother inlaw Emmett Murphy. Taken at the Murphy home in 1937. Tom Brockbank ( Top row second from the right ) Tom and Bob first tried to enlist in the Army Air Corp and were turned down. Later they went to radio school at Ashland Wisconsin.

Robert remembers his father walking up and down the river with a long cane pole baited with a sucker, he caught many fine fish! The children also spent time picking lots of berries and whatever nature provided for the family to eat. It was a simple life but filled with lots of hard work for everyone. Sometimes they would find a boat on the river and would use it and returned it, no one cared if it was borrowed. On Sunday's the family would go out on Sunday drives to visit their friends. Paul always enjoyed having a nice car and Bob remembers his dad always having a car. Bob remembers his dad buying a new grey 1947 Dodge. Paul and a couple of his son's decided to go out to a tavern a few miles out of town for a drink and running out of gas.

Bob fishing on the Flambeau River 1946.

Paul also had a love for Buicks. One thing Elizabeth didn't have to do too much was bake. The bakery provided everything the family needed. Elizabeth always helped in the bakery and sometimes went down to help at the counter. She sometimes made fudge and candies to sell for a little extra cash. Robert remembers sleeping upstairs above the bakery. During the winter the warmth of the oven below felt good but during the summer it was almost unbearable. Grandma Kellner still came over once a week to help her daughter out with washing and cleaning. Grandpa Kellner walked down from their home in Maple Hill to deliver milk from their cow they always had.

Grandpa also worked at the paper mill. Once a year the Kellner's would butcher a pig and the whole family came over to me apart of the big event. Part of the pig would be a part of a special meal that day. Robert remembers his Grandfather as very strict and you didn't mess around with any of his things! Grandma was quiet and pleasant. The children never knew any Aunt's or Uncles, they were all in the old country. So the Grandparents were the only relatives the children knew. The boys spent a lot of time down at the swimming hole jumping off the bridge. During the depression Paul would make 5 or 6 dollars a day and bread sold for 7 cents a loaf.

Robert's High School Diploma 1943.

Christmas was a busy time for the bakery and family. The family would fast Christmas Eve with no meat and Christmas Day there would be a fine dinner with all of the fixings! Paul, Joe and Bob would head off into the woods for a Christmas tree and sometimes if they couldn't find a good one at ground level, up they went to top off a tree. They usually received a Turkey from Paul's cousins in Wyoming until one year it came spoiled. They mentioned it to our relatives and never received one again. The relatives in Poland always send the Holy Host and the family Christmas day would break this up and each would take a piece to eat.

Robert third from the Left downtown Ladysmith WI 1940s. The corner of the Bank ways the place to hangout.

Robert then went to Ladysmith High School where he graduated in the class of 1943. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp and was in training to be on a B-29 before the war had ended. He came back to meet the love of his life Geraldine Murphy who was once the little sister of friend, Emmett Murphy who they constantly had to chase away at birthday parties. I bet the thought of marrying Geraldine never enter his mind at this time. After the war Bob worked in the Bakery for about a year. He remembered asking his father for a raise one day. His father was not use of having anyone talk to him this way. Bob got a small raise. Bob was now making 35.00 a week.

Robert and Gerry Murphy Ladysmith 1946. Out at Gerry's place on Amacoy Lake, WI.

Gerry and Bob in 1998 out at Gerry's parents old place on Amacoy Lake pointing to where Lightening stuck when they were out at the Lake along time ago. The place out at the lake has provided our whole family with so many fond memories of Gerry's parent's Leonard and Esther Murphy.

He started dating Geraldine Murphy and soon they would be married. Bob went to the engineering college in Eau Claire for a semester and then to Dunwoodie institute in Minneapolis where he received a degree in Highway engineering. They started having their children and raising a family, but that's another story

Gerry and Bob in 1948 and Gerry and Bob in the 1950's.

Bob and Gerry dating.

Robert and Gerry's marriage certificate.


Bob and Gerry's Wedding day.

Leonard Murphy and daughter Geraldine. Gerry remembers her father being so nervous and shaking so much she didn't think he was going to make it down the isle.

Robert and Geraldine Murphy Krenzelok. Wedding with flower girl, Phyllis Reidner 1948.

Paul Jakubco next to the tree.

Bob's father Paul and Gerry's father Leonard Murphy.

Leonard, Paul and Bob's brother Paul.

Leonard Murphy and daughter Geraldine and Gerry and father inlaw Paul Krenzelok.

Gerry's mother Esther and Bob's mother Elizabeth.

Esther and daughter Geraldine and Elizabeth and daughter inlaw Geraldine.

Gerry's parents Esther and Leonard Murphy.

Gerry in the center. Bob's sister Lillian is second from the left and Gerry's father Leonard Murphy April 10 1948.

Bob's brother and best man Joe Krenzelok.

Left to right: Lillian Krenzelok, Virgiline Guer, Clarence Mitzer, Gerry, flower girl Phyllis Reiner, Bob, maiden maid and Gerry's brother Emmett Murphy. The wedding was in the morning at the church, lunch was out at Gerry's parent's and then the reception was later that evening at the American Legion Hall.

Bob and Gerry off for their Honeymoon.

Bob borrowed his father's 1947 Dodge sedan for the wedding. Above Bob's brother Paul and his wife Marie getting it all ready for Bob and Gerry's Honeymoon to Eau Claire, Wisconsin April 10th 1948. On the way out of town a few friends followed Bob and Gerry and tried to kidnap Bob but they failed. When they finally got to Eau Claire and checked into the Hotel at 2:00am they found all of their clothes tied into knots by Gerry's friend Erna.


What will the future bring?


Bob Krenzelok remembers during World War II coming home and going out to the Ace of Clubs tavern a few miles out of town with his brother Ed and Walter or Wilbur Kobielus. They started drinking with Ed throwing dice with the owner of the bar and Bob attending bar. They got pretty loaded and went back to the Krenzelok's. Walter or Wilbur got pretty sick and started to throw up in the bathroom. He some how lost his false teeth in getting sick amd not being able to find them he figured they went down the toilet . He had to return back the base without them. A couple of day's later Elizabeth while cleaning found them under the bathtub.

A Ed Krenzelok story: The Krenzelok boys would always be out looking for scrap around town to pick-up and sell. Bob's brother Ed was out with his little red pull wagon looking for bottles. Someone told him about a bunch of bottles over some where and Ed headed out to pick them up. Ed found the bottles and loaded up his wagon. Brother Paul was out in the bakery truck making some deliveries and saw his brother with the heavy load of bottles and picked up Eddie for a ride home. Little did they know that the Railroad Detectives or Dicks had been watching the bottles because someone had broken into a train car and stolen several cases of beer. The Dicks followed the boy's home and attempted to bust the boys thinking Paul was the ringleader who stole the beer and Eddie his accomplice in the crime. The boys explained their side of the story and the Detectives bought it. The railroad Detectives in those days were pretty tuff

Robert sold newspapers from 10 years old to all the way into High School to earn extra cash.

If you were facing to the front of the bakery the Newspaper office was located to the left and a Beauty Parlor was on the right. Many family pictures were taken in front of the beauty parlor next store with its fancy marble front. The little church behind the bakery and the Martin House was tore down years later. There was a little house behind the church where the Pastor lived. The Church was old but well maintained. You can see the church in many old pictures of the Bakery area.

Bob in front of the Beauty Shop next to the bakery. Ladysmith WI 1946.

Bob said he once had a crow and at the time a milkman would come down the street and deliver milk. In the back of his truck would be large cans of milk and Bob's crow had learnt to fly over to the truck and lift the tops of the cans of milk. The milkman would chase Bob's crow away and then it would fly up on the telephone lines and then says Hello, Hello, Hello, which made the milkman even madder! Pa would take the cream that rose to the top of the milk and he would whip up the cream for cream puffs. During the winter the paper caps on the milk bottles would come off and the milk would rise up the bottle.

Paul and Joe were in a band. Paul and Joe played some type of horn. Robert thinks Paul played the Tuba and Joe something little French horn. He's not sure what the instruments were. The guy down at the hardware store organized the Town band. He also gave instructions and sold the members the instruments.

Bear Ass Beach: When the family was living on 4th street on the south side of town the boys would go down to the river and cross the railroad trussle bridge over the river and the swimming hole was right there. They called it Bear Ass Beach because often they would swim with no clothes on and sometimes when they were wearing swimsuits they would bear their bottoms to the people on the Soo Line train as it went bye. It was probably Paul, Joe, friends and Bob tagging along. Bob was about 5 at the time when he remembers his brothers throwing him in when he couldn't swim. Bob claims he almost drown before Paul and Joe pulled him out. Mom and Dad never found out about it. Paul and Joe and their friends would steal vegetables from a man that had a vegetable stand and then steal a chicken, they took the vegetables out of the garden. They would then go down to the swimming hole and cook up a stew. Robert remembers one time after swimming he was walking over the railroad bridge heading home when he dropped his brand new shoe's that he was carrying over the river. He was a afraid he would be in trouble when he got home but Pa and Ma didn't make too big of a deal over it. Shoes were very expensive to the family in those days. Years later when they were draining the river he found he shoes.


Gerry and Bob each the love of their life.

Robert and Geraldine took Paul Krenzelok's 1947 Dodge car on their Honey Moon. It was a black colored car. You wil see this car in many of Bob and Gerry's wedding pictures. Before this car Paul had a Buick it was a late 1930's to early 40's.

Friend Bob and Erna, Gerry and Bob hanging out at the corner of the bank in downtown Ladysmith 1947.

Robert's first confession: When it came time for Robert to go for his first confession it scared him to death and he didn't want to go!. They were living on 4th street at the time and they chased him around trying to catch him. One of the neighbors finally found him under his bed. She told him that if he came out she would give him a nickel. He came out and she never gave him the nickel. And to this day he remembers that lady and to this day doesn't like her. Bob was in 6th grade at the time.

Unique Theatre across from the bakery had a balcony and it had a stage for plays and other things.

The Martins: The Martins lived behind the bakery and were the only neighbors with children. It was kind of a wild family and when asked what Mr. Martin did for a living Robert says ?Not Much? I guess he had a small shop where he produced portable clothes lines until it burnt down and after that I don't know what he did for a living. They were a rowdy bunch. They would make rubber band gun and terrorize the neighborhood. The Newspaper was on the right facing the bakery from the front and a beauty shop was on the other side. That Lady and Ma were good friends.


After Bob got back from the service he started dating Gerry Murphy and on a date they went out to the Sister's of Sorrows where the nuns lived for a picnic down on the river. Bob borrowed his father Paul's car and picked up Gerry and a few friends when they got to the picnic he forgot to set the parking brake and the car went into the river. The nuns asked a neighbor to pull out the car with his tractor and they were able to start the car and drive home. The interior of the car had gotten all wet and we do not know what Bob's father said to Bob when he got home. His father Paul always loved his cars. I wasn't able to ask dad before he died about this picture. Taken in Ladysmith 1946

I have many happy memories of my Dad's love for his family. As a child, I remember waiting anxiously for Dad to come home from work everyday. He would always give us a big hug and ask about our day. After dinner, he wrestled with us on the floor. Sometimes we got a little too wild and broke something. Mom would then put a stop to it. He helped with our bath , then carried us off to bed while singing an Air Force song "Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder ". Then he made up a story for bedtime. Often the stories didn't have an ending so we had something to look forward to the next night. When I was sick in High School, Dad would visit me in my room. Sometimes he brought me a small treat. I could tell how sad he was to see me confined to bed but he always cheered me up. Dad was always there for our school activities, plays, sports, and teacher's meetings. He was also involved in Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, and Little League, without a grumble, all the activities Mom signed him up for. And now that he is ill, Dad just lights up when one of his children comes to visit, then cries when we leave. Everything he did ,he did for us.

Your daughter, Debbie

Link to the Army Air Force Song:

The Army Air Corps Song

I remember getting up early in the morning to find my Dad all dressed up in the kitchen getting ready to go to work. Day after day my dad did this. Little did I understand then what a great Dad I had. I saw the world threw my eyes then, a boy like most of us thinking only of how the world affects me. Little did I understand all the sacrifices he was making so his family was safe and secure.

We really were blessed to have this man for our father. He took us a pond so many journeys when we were a young large family of eight. We would travel the world in our car pack to the roof. How I remember those days before we would take off on a trip. My dear mother would just keep bringing out bag after bag. And some how Dad would always find a place in some small corner of the trunk of the car. And then there was the going that must have been something for this man. With six young children in the back seat and not one of us getting along. Oh, how I remember when us little angels in the back seat would get it from the mighty hand of dad from the front seat. And you knew you were really in trouble when you had to go up front to sit between Dad and Mom. At least there was a little more room. How much can a man take? But he did, and I can never remember him ever complaining about his lot in life. We went on so many fine trips back in those days. It seems like every weekend we were off! We didn't have a lot of money and couldn't afford the fine trips that families go on today. But we were a family and each of us felt very much apart of it. We loved to go camping and I have so many fond memories of Dad setting up camp. He had a great partner in his life and that was my mom. She was always on top of everything. No stone left unturned.

And then there was those trips back to Ladysmith to visit Dad and Mom's families. Oh what great memories those were. I remember so many wonderful Christmas's we spent together as a family. Every year we would go to mid-night mass. We would all get in a cold car and Dad always had to go back in the house to do something. We would all sit and wonder what he was up too! And some how Santa had always came when we got home. I remember all the socks and ties that Dad got for Christmas. And he always received them with a smile. I spent my young working days making sure that my Dad got good gifts!

Well, life is a funny thing and I think being a father must be even a funnier thing. I realized now that men are not like women and mothers. Being a father just doesn't come so easy for most men. But one thing I do know is that as all of us children become older our fathers love us more than they could have ever imagined they would! So I would like to say now to my Dad. I love you Dad and I'm glad God blessed me with a Dad like you. A good father is truly a blessing from God.

Your Son, Greg

King Salmon fishing at Bodega Bay, California.

Bob with a nice King Salmon.

Bob and daughter Suzanne visiting Santa Claus around 1951.

Bob and Gerry with from the left: Suzanne, Steve and Debbie. Easter at Gerry's parent's Leonard and Esther Murphy home 1954.

Left to right top row: Robert, Gerry, Gerry's parents Leonard and Esther Murphy. Left to Right bottom row: Greg, Suzanne, Debbie and Steve. Debbie's first communion 1959 Minn.

Left to right: Debbie, Greg, Gerry, little Bob, Suzanne and Steve. Taken at home in Bloomfield, Conn around 1962.

Left to right: Debbie,little Bob, Gerry, Steve, Suzanne and Greg. Camping vacation 1963.

Greg, Steven, Debbie and Suzanne Krenzelok. Taken in 1957 St Louis Park, Minn.

Left to right: Greg, Debbie, Robert, little Bob, Suzanne and Steve at the beach, Conn 1962.

Rhode Island vacation 1961. Top left; Debbie and Steve. Bottom left; Greg and Suzanne.

Bob in the driver seat picture taken when we lived in Bloomfield, Conn. Our old house is in the back ground.

Bob at one of our many family picnics to the beach in Connecticut in the 1960's. Dad and mom were always so good at taking us on family trips.

Our father has passed away now but he will never be forgotten. He will always live in our hearts and in the heart of his wife, children and grandchildren and their children and their children too. We thank God for giving us such a wonderful husband and father. He is with the Lord now and with his parents and family, sisters Frances and Bette, brothers Paul ,Joe and Ed and all our family before them too. We that are still here on earth look forward to the day we again are united with our father and the family in heaven. May all of them and all of us love each other the way we should, and rest in God's peace forever.

Robert Krenzelok June 27 1925 to May 12 2004


Although things are not perfect

Because of trial or pain

Continue in thanksgiving

Do not begin to blame

Even when the times are hard

Fierce winds are bound to blow

God is forever able

Hold on to what you know

Imagine life without His love

Joy would cease to be

Keep thanking Him for all the things that

Love imparts to thee

Move out of "Camp Complaining"

No weapon that is known

On earth can yield the power of God

Praise unto him alone

Quit looking at the future

Redeem the time at hand

Start every day with worship

To "thank" is a command

Until we see Him coming

Victorious in the sky

We'll run the race with gratitude

Exalting God most high

Yes, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...

Zion and Heaven waits in glory...where none are ever sad!

Note: I received the below email the other day from someone who had worked with Dad years ago and I was very touched. This person thought it was very important for me to mention some of Dadís achievements that have kind of gotten lost. I told Diep that I would but when I sat down to write something I realized that what Diep wrote could not be said better and here is what he wrote:

Hi Greg,
My name is Diep Nguyen. More than 34 years ago, your Dad, Bob, hired me just fresh out of SFSU as an entry-level safety engineer. At that time your Dad was the Engineering Manager at Aetna Casualty and Surety in San Francisco. For a long time, I meant to look up your Dad to say thanks for hiring me for $900/month salary when I was making a silly $150/month as a janitor while going to college. I read your family's web site, and there was not much about what he did as an Engineering Manager at Aetna. Did you know that he was a California-registered Professional Engineer (PE)? Did you also know that he was a Certified Safety Professional (CSP)? These two certifications alone mean a lot of respect for excellent qualifications that your Dad had. You should mention these achievements.

This is a true story that Bud told us in the engineering department: One day he came in the office with only one eye brown and some burnt on his face. He said that he was working on the furnace with a candle, and your Mom came home, turned on the thermostat!!!!

I followed your Dad's footsteps, and became a PE since. Bob was a good man, boss. I still miss him although I worked with him for only a short two years.

Sincerely yours,

Diep Nguyen

P.S. Our family thanks you Diep for taking tht time to write us with your memories of our Dad.

Greg and the Krenzelok family.

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