Emil is survived by his daughters, Barbara (Larry) Solvey, Nancy Rufener and Jayne (Chris) Rauch; his grandchildren, Patrick and Shannon Ballweg and Grace and Theo Rauch, three siblings: Gertrude Voegeli, Arnold Rufener and Walt (Sandy) Rufener; his brothers-in-law, James (Sharon) Jeremiason and JD Jeremiason; his godson, Jeff (Sue) Thompson; Special friend, Lou Ann Hanson, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of nearly 63 years, JoAnne, and his six siblings: brothers Armin, Jacob, Erwin and Ernest Rufener and sisters Alice Camenzind and Erna Maske.
Emil’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the loving and caring staff at Aster Retirement Community and Agrace Hospice.
A Christian Burial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish of St. Victor Catholic Church with Father Mick Moon officiating. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery with covenant prayers and full military honors.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at St. Victor’s Catholic Church, a rosary prayer service will be held for Mike on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The continuous visit will take place on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass, at the church.
The Shriner Hager Gohlke Funeral Home is helping the family. Condolences can be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
In lieu of flowers, the Rufener family is asking friends wishing to make a memorial donation in Emil “Mike’s” name to send their donations to Green County Veterans Memorial Park, Green County Family YMCA, Monroe Behring Senior Center or National Historic Cheese Center.