MONROE—Gottlieb Siegfried Brändli Sr., age 88, of Monroe, Wis., died on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born on Oct. 10, 1929, in Wolfhausen, Canton Zurich, Switzerland, the son of Franz Xaver and Hulda (Oberholzer) Brändli. He attended school in Switzerland until eighth grade; he then did a four year apprenticeship in woodworking. On Dec. 6, 1954, he immigrated to Monroe, Wis. Gottlieb was a longtime cabinet maker. He worked for Kuhne Construction for 30 years before establishing Gottlieb Brändli Swiss Cabinetry. He married Gertrude Messmer in January of 1956; she preceded him in death in 1999. He was later united in marriage to Lucille “Lu” Paull in August of 2004.
He was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, a charter member of Monroe Swiss Singers, New Glarus Yodel Club and Männerchor, and New World Swiss Club. He also established the Monroe Carving Club.
He enjoyed playing cards, traveling, watching his grandchildren’s activities, and laughing with family and friends while enjoying “a toddy for my body.”
He is survived by his wife, Lucille “Lu” Paull-Brändli of Monroe; children, Deborah (Fred) Rufener of Newburgh, Ind., Gottlieb S. (Nicole) Brändli Jr. of Monroe, Kurt (Chandra) Brändli of Loves Park, Ill., and Monika (Mario) Trafficante Jr. of Sussex, Wis.; step-children, Brian (Marcia) Paull and Leann (Mark) Paull-Anderson, both of Verona; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and siblings, Hermann Brändli of Chur, Switzerland, Vreni Bϋrke-Brändli and Anton (Ursi) Brändli, both of Scherzlingen, Switzerland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Gertrude Messmer-Brändli; brothers, Franz, Edelbert, and Gregor; and sister, Marie Brändli-Napflin.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at 11 a.m. at ST. CLARE OF ASSISI PARISH AT ST. VICTOR CATHOLIC CHURCH with Monsignor Larry Bakke as celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE FUNERAL HOME, 1455 Mansion Drive and 18th Ave., in Monroe, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A memorial fund is being established in Gottlieb’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family at shriner111.com.