George Howard Ramharter died peacefully on July 5, 2017. Originally from Wisconson, George and his wife, Lois, relocated from Mequon, Wisconsin to Orlando in 2002 to be closer to his daughter, Joanne Ramharter, and her husband, Don Walsh. George initially lived in Vizcaya in the first high rise condo building built overlooking Big Sand Lake. He loved the views and the water. In 2004, they moved to the 55+ retirement community of Solivita where once again he had a view of water and loved living amidst an incredible variety of wildlife.
George was born in 1926 in the town of Arthur in Wisconsin. He was the second child of five children born to Clara Gane and Felix Ramharter. He graduated from Cadott High School in 1944 and served in the United States Army, receiving his discharge in 1946. He then returned home, swept his high school girlfriend, Lois Svoma, off her feet and married her while he attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where he earned a degree in teaching. George loved learning and spent his entire working life in the field of education. His first teaching position as a science teacher took the now family of four – George, Lois, Brentt and Catherine – to Mellon, Wisconsin for two years. It was here they had their third and final child, Joanne. It was also here he lived his dream of hunting and fishing on a world class level due to the abundant wildlife that inhabited their area. They felt these were the happiest days of their lives.
After teaching in Mellon, he taught in the Chetek School System; and, then pursued additional education. Following his early years in teaching, he received Master’s Degrees in Biology and subsequently, Guidance and Counseling, with both degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison; and, eventually ended up spending the majority of his career in the Madison Public Schools in Madison, Wisconsin. He thoroughly enjoyed discussing ideas at the family dinner table with the goal of helping his children understand how to analyze thoughts and ideas for use in their own lives. He was a family man through and through, planning yearly family outdoor vacations camping, fishing, and traveling in Wisconsin and Canada, and teaching them to appreciate nature in all its beauty.
George was predeceased by three of his four siblings: Elaine Rafferty (Bill); Beverly Ramharter (Bill); and William Ramharter (Leona).
He is survived by his wife, Lois, and all three of his children: Brentt Ramharter (Linda) in Idaho, Catherine Kafer (Joseph) in WI and Joanne Ramharter (Donald Walsh). He has three grandchildren: Sean Kafer, Brentt John Ramharter (Rebecca); and Rachel Talady (Lucas). He also has four great-grandchildren: Cheyenne, River and Rain Talady; and, Easton Ramharter. His brother, James Ramharter (Shirley), lives in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Please join us to Celebrate George’s Life from 12-3pm on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Bella Via Ristoranté at Solivita Marketplace, Kissimmee, FL 34758
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to bring a donation in George’s name addressed to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Poinciana. Condolences may be offered to http://www.grissomfh.com