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Fred Amthor Jr.

1923 - 2007


Fred W. Amthor Jr., 84, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2007, at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.


Fred was born on March 15, 1923, in Waupun, the son of Fred and Sylvia (Grahn) Amthor. After graduating from Waupun High School, Fred enlisted in the Army and served as a B-17 pilot in World War II. Upon returning from the war, he attended Ripon College, where he met and married Margaret Podratz in 1948. Fred graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he also earned his master's degree. He taught industrial arts at Watertown High School for 35 years, retiring in 1985.


Fred built a house, two cottages and many pieces of furniture. He was an accomplished stained glass artist, he was a pretty good golfer and he loved life. He was wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be dearly missed.


Fred is survived by his wife Margaret, his daughter Leslyn (Nick) Spinelli of Cottage Grove; his son Mark (special friend Cathie Tessmer) of Menomonie; grandchildren, Carlos Spinelli of Madison and Lauren Spinelli of Winona, Minn.; his brother, William (Dorothy) Amthor of Tuscon, Ariz.; other relatives and friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents.


A memorial service will held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Marquardt Memorial Chapel, 1020 Hill St., Watertown, with the Rev. Rick Brewer officiating.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 500 Welsh Road, Watertown and on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Marquardt Memorial Chapel.


In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society or Marquardt Foundation would be appreciated. The family would like to thank the staff at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and the Regional Cancer Center for their thoughtful care of Fred.


Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home and Cremation Service 500 Welsh Road Watertown