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Edward Charles Maes

Edward Charles Maes

PLYMOUTH, Wis. — Edward Ed Charles Maes, 89, of Plymouth, passed away early Sunday Morning, Feb. 18, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at the Sharon Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

Edward was born on Aug. 7, 1928, in Niagara, Wis., son of the late Charles and Amelia (Zadra) Maes. Following graduation from Niagara High School, he enlisted in the Naval Air Corps in June 1946 and served on the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier from 1946 to 1948. After serving his country, Edward attended Marquette University, gaining a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and taxation.

It was Ed’s love of ski jumping that brought him together with his bride, Sharon Graefe. Sharon was a spectator at a ski jumping tournament in Iron Mountain, when she saw Ed jump for the first time. Later that afternoon they bumped into each other and Ed asked Sharon to join him at the dance that evening. Following a short engagement, Ed and Sharon were married on Nov. 26, 1955, in Milwaukee at the Church of Gesu (on the Marquette University campus). Through the years they resided in Milwaukee, Wausau, Wis., Madison, Wis., and Plymouth, and spent much of their retirement in Ruskin, Fla.

After graduating from Marquette, Ed was employed by CPA firms as an auditor for the first 6 years of his career. Following this, his career took him to Plymouth where he joined Gilson Brothers Company where he stayed for 30 years and was their controller and treasurer. He retired from Gilson in 1989 and subsequently started his own accounting/tax business, which he continued working at until 2013. Ed was involved in many organizations, including Beta Alpha Psi Honorary Accounting Fraternity, Plymouth Jaycees, Lion’s Club (treasurer) for 27 years, and Central Ski Association – Class A ski jumper (10 years; 1948 – 1958).

Throughout Ed’s lifetime, family was of great importance to him. He enjoyed spending time at various family gatherings with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Sharon and Ed shared many memories of dancing, skiing, golfing, and traveling to the casinos throughout the years. Ed also loved listening to a variety of live bands with Sharon, and telling wonderful stories of the good old days to friends and family.

Edward is preceded in death by an infant brother; his parents; and his sister, Elaine.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Sharon of Plymouth; five daughters, Deborah (Jim) Dickens of Plymouth, Denise (Patrick) Winarski of Metairie, La., Kristine (Tom Jr.) Schmidt of Batavia, Ill., Karen (Brian) Worden of Middleton, Wis., and Mary (Joe, Sr.) Grunewald of Sheboygan, Wis.; 13 wonderful grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ed is also survived by other relatives and many friends.

Memorial services will be held 3 p.m. Friday Feb. 23 at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth.

Cremation has taken place.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Friday.

The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post 5612 will conduct military rites at the Suchon Funeral Home following the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wis., or the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, Please visit www.suchonfh.com.

Ed’s family extends their sincere appreciation for the compassion and excellent care given during his stay at Sharon Richardson Community Hospice.

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