Volume 26 Issue 7
SHOW FLYERS by Henry Meller
With Betty's help, I now have 400 show flyers that people can hand out. I will bring them to the next meeting. If you are
planning on attending any carving shows before September 6, please email me and I will bring the flyers to you.
JOHN SCHUMANN by Judy Larson
Our good friend and fellow member, John Schumann, passed away after a fight with cancer. I am including his obituary here
since many of us did not know the details of his life. We attended his funeral and there were many photos of his good times
with the club. John, we will miss you. Thanks for spending your retirement years being an active member of Kettle Karvers.
DICK JELOVNIK by Judy Larson
Dick passed away on August 26, 2017, at the age of 87. He has been an
active member for nearly 20 years. I found the photo of his stained onyx
rings, the last items he brought for the March 2015 Show & Tell, and
remember his offer of onyx pieces for members to try making the rings.
He was a member that made me feel welcome from the very beginning.
I will never forget his kindness. Rest in peace, Dick!
ORNAMENTS FOR MEALS ON WHEELS by Judy Larson
Sitting on our decks or in our backyards this fall gives us a perfect opportunity to carve a tree ornament for the Meals on
Wheels tree. The theme for the 2017 Meals on Wheels fundraiser tree is Wheels for Meals. We have until the November
meeting to complete all carvings for the tree. Members have been very creative in supplying carvings for other projects, so I am
sure we will all come up with good ideas to create woodcarved ornaments for this tree.
JUNE MEETING MINUTES by Judy Larson
The June 7 meeting was called to order at 6:33 pm by President James Rooker. Bill Wirth was visiting. Jim asked that all
members sign in either with their swipe card or as a guest so that Generations benefits from members using their facility.
Treasurer’s Report. Joann Luke reported expenses of $67.24 and income of $94.00.
Library Report. Librarian Lori Jarosh reported the receipt of two Woodcarving Illustrated, two Chip Chats, two Woodcarving
England, and Whittling magazine. All magazines were tagged as part of our library and available for checkout.
Sunshine Report. Mary Nowacki sent a card to Denise Kautzer. Cards were also sent to Rosemary Mohnsam and Mike Ketz
who had knee replacement. Cards were sent to Bernice Ninedorf who had hip replacement and then took a fall during her
recuperation and broke a bone. As always, contact her if cards need to be sent.
Saturday Carve. There will be no formal Saturday carve project for June 17: bring your unfinished objects or work on
ornaments for the Meals on Wheels tree.
Meals on Wheels Tree Ornaments. Betty Wilson reported that fifty ornaments are complete and handed in, as well as the
train carved by Bob Lawrence. She had a few blanks available for members to complete ornaments.
Display Cabinets. Jim asked that someone bring their carvings to display in the cabinets during the summer months.
Picnic. The Kettle Karvers picnic will again be held in August, jointly with the meeting on the first Wednesday. You need to be
signed up so sufficient food is purchased.
Storage Bins. Betty Wilson wants to order clear storage bins to keep supplies for the show, Saturday carves, and other club
supplies. Helen Williamson made a motion to have Betty make the purchase, seconded by Henry Meller. The majority of the
membership agreed to this purchase.
2018 Artistry in Wood. Since Ron Feld is stepping down as show chairman, Jim Rooker asked if anyone was interested in
taking over this position. Bob Wallace and Henry Meller will co-chair our next show. It is important that we nail down a show
date with Lakers within the next month or so.
Wood. Don Lorier told members to stock up on wood since this meeting was the last opportunity until the September
meeting. He also informed us that Ray Henry is selling his business so the price of small carving wood pieces will increase.
Show & Tell. Members bringing their Meals on Wheels ornaments to show
at this meeting were Phil Huenink and Dave Rowlands. Sy Regan brought a
wood-trimmed cigar box. Pam Moir completed two pieces in the Rich Wetherbee
class in May. Jean Mullins also showed the carvings she completed in Rich's
class. Virginia Temme carved another dog to be paired with a previous carving.
Al Herwig showed a walking stick. Larry Lienau completed the intarsia that he
used during his demonstration at the show. Bob Newton showed three recent
bowls and informed us he would be at Art in the Park at Humboldt Park this
weekend. Henry Meller's first carving project was creating a chain from a kit
he purchased at the show. Larry Lienau, for the second month in a row, won
the raffle and took home a micro tool.
Raffle. The double bevel skew went to Jim Rooker. The leather apron was
won by Jeff See.
Jim adjourned the meeting at 7:30 pm. There was no demonstration.
AUGUST MEETING MINUTES by Judy Larson
Jim Rooker said the prayer to start out the picnic meal of brats/
burgers, potato salad, beans, and an assortment of desserts that
was enjoyed by the 52 members and guests. Jim thanked Alice Prahl
and Rosemary Mohnsam for planning and setting up the meal. Jim
also thanked Willie VanSluys and Larry Lienau for preparing the meat.
Sheboygan County Fair. It was mentioned that if you want to enter
your work in the Sheboygan County Fair, you have until August 10th
to get your entry to the fair committee. Entry fee is $2 per person
Wednesday Carving Group. A group meets at the Kiel Community Center on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 for a group
carve. Usually there is a common project that the group chooses. There is no formal instructor, just members helping
members. If you are interested, contact Larry Lienau (email@example.com) for more information.
Raffle. The raffle receipts were split four ways: the club received 1/4 of the receipts and the three members that won were
Chuck Curtis, Phil Schils, and Jeff See.
NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR by Judy Larson
Email me with articles or photos to be included either in the newsletter or our website. Copies of all newsletters published since
January 2011 can be found on our website. Web pages of the online versions are available for the past year. If you ever have a
problem accessing past newsletters, please let me know.
SOCIAL CARVING OPPORTUNITIES (calendar)
Monday Morning Carving — Monday from 9 am-noon at the Senior Activity Center, 428 Wisconsin Ave., Sheboygan.
Check the complete center schedule at SheboyganSeniorCenter.com. Free for Friends members and $1.00 for guests
Tuesday Night Carving — held year-round from 6-9 pm at Plymouth High School, Room C111. All members and visitors
are welcome. Cost is $1.00.
Saturday Carve — held once/month (September through June) on the Saturday ten days following the monthly meeting in the
Generations Craft Room, 9 am-noon.
September 9, 2017: Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin, Inc. Show & Sale, Rock County Fairgrounds, Craig Center,
1301 Craig Avenue, Janesville, WI; 10 am-4 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-868-4522, or rockrivervalleycarvers.com.
September 23-24, 2017: Wisconsin River Woodcarvers Annual Woodcarving Show, Competition & Sale, The Holiday Inn,
1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point, WI; Saturday 9 am-5 pm and Sunday 9 am-4 pm. For more information about the
show/seminars, go to wisconsinriverwoodcarvers.org.
October 22, 2017: Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin, Abundant Life Christian School, 4901 East Buckeye Road, Madison, WI;
9 am - 4 pm. For more information, go to CapitalAreaCarversOfWisconsin.org or email email@example.com.
Serving Woodcarvers in East Central Wisconsin
Since you get more joy out of giving joy
to others, you should put a good deal of
thought into the happiness that you are
able to give. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Meals on Wheels
Next meeting: September 6 at Generations in Plymouth, Wisconsin, 6:30 pm
John Schumann, age 90, of Sheboygan, passed away June 29, 2017 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community
Hospice. He was born in Watertown, Wisconsin to the late Stella (Wollin) Schumann and Henry Schumann on
May 25th, 1927.
He graduated from Watertown High School in 1945 and immediately left to serve in the U.S. Navy during
World War II. John served on the U.S.S. San Juan in the South Pacific until the war's end. Returning to
Wisconsin, John attended La Crosse State College. During this time, he played 2 years of professional baseball
with the Philadelphia Phillies Farm System, signing a contract for $500 in 1946. John averaged .283 and .308
as a hitter, setting the league double play record as a second baseman.
On June 11, 1950, he returned to Watertown to marry Ethel Mae Bast. The couple resided in La Crosse,
Wisconsin for one year while John finished his degree. While attending La Crosse, John earned four letters in
basketball and was on the All Conference Team each year. As a point guard John tied the single game-scoring
total of 25 points for the La Crosse Indians. John also earned four letters in baseball. Unfortunately, a knee
injury as a freshman ended his career in football.
After graduating, John entered the teaching profession. He taught History and Physical Education, coached
football, basketball, and baseball in Harmony, Minnesota for 2 years, his first job. John and Ethel's next move
was to East Troy, Wisconsin. For eleven years John taught Physical Education and coached varsity basketball at
East Troy High School. Here he was twice named Coach of the Year in the Southern Lakes Conference, winning
several championships even though East Troy had the smallest enrollment.
As a baseball player with the Tri-Troy Boosters, the team won 9 out of 10 championships in the Southern Land
of Lakes League. During this time John batted his personal best of .460, an accomplishment he recalled with
great pride. In 1954, Johnny Logan (Milwaukee Braves Shortstop) presented John with the league trophy for
In 1964 John, Ethel and family moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He continued his education receiving his
Master's Degree at Stout State University. At Sheboygan South High School, he taught Physical Education, and
coached boys varsity basketball and JV football. He was named Coach of the Year for the Fox River Valley
Conference in 1981. In the same, year he retired from coaching basketball, continuing to teach for serveral
more years before retiring altogether.
Now retired, golf became his sport of choice. As a
member of Riverdale Golf and Country Club he was
Senior Champion in 1997-2000. John also joined the
Plymouth Kettle Karvers to try his hand at woodcarving.
Here he was named Most Improved Carver in 2006 and
was the featured carver for the yearly show in 2010.
In 1981 John was named Basketball Coach of the Year
by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and in 1988
was inducted into the UW LaCrosse Wall of Fame. He
was named to the Sheboygan South High Wall of Fame
in 1998, and in 2007 had the South High Community
Gymnasium dedicated in his honor, aptly named The
Schumann Gym. The Sheboygan County Baseball
Association inducted him into their Wall of Fame in
John was a member of: American Legion, East Troy Baseball Team, Sheboygan County Baseball Association,
Riverdale Golf and Country Club, Wisconsin Education Association, Sheboygan County Area Teachers
Association, Lifetime member of the NEA, Elks Lodge-serving on the Gridiron Committee, LaCrosse Alumni
Association, Plymouth Kettle Karvers, member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Council in East Troy, member
of the Board of Elders and the Board of Education at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel, of Sheboygan; three children, Marcia (Rob) Schumann-McMaher, of Lone
Tree, CO, Jeffrey (Sherri) Schumann, of Omaha, NE, Sandy (Marc) Papendieck, of Edgerton, WI; eight
grandchildren, Cari Kate Schumann-McMaher, Venessa Gatuma, Kristin McMaher, Danny (Haley) Schumann,
Dr. Chris (Dr. Jessica) Schumann, Stephanie Schumann, Nick (Alea) Papendieck and Alissa (Aaron) Prater; four
great-grandchildren, Patrick and Robert Gatuma, Reece Schumann, Ivy Rae Papendieck, and one expected
great-grandchild to be born in September. John is also further survived by a sister-in-law, Norma Schumann,
of Watertown; brother-in-law, Jack (Carole) Bast, of LaCrosse and numerous, nieces and nephews. He was
preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Clarence (Lucille) Schumann and Raymond Schumann.
A funeral service for John will be held on Monday, July 3, 3017, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church,
917 Mead Ave., Sheboygan with Rev. James Schulz officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on
Monday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. VFW Post 9156 will be providing full
military honors following the service.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Qiaofang (Lisa) Chen and Ron Rekowski, patient navigator of the Vince
Lombardi Cancer Clinic. Special thanks to the staff at Memorial Hospital and the Sharon S. Richardson
Community Hospice for wonderful care. Last, our gratitude to supportive neighbors and friends.