Frederick Motschman
May 23, 1929 - September 22, 2016
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Frederick “Ted” William Motschman, age 87, died on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Ted was born May 23, 1929 to the late Frederick and Amanda (Smyth) Motschman. After his father Frederick Motschman died, his mother married Frederick Cobb of Green Bay. Ted graduated from Lake Forest Academy and from Lawrence University with a degree in English.…

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JoAnne Krieger, St. Paul left a message on November 2, 2016:
Dear Motschmann Family, Here's a precious tidbit: In the early 40's my mother, Aileen, was a live-in maid for Mr. and Mrs. Cobb, Fred's first wife. During that time their son John, at Yale, perished in the infamous Coconut Grove fire in 1942. According to my mother, Mrs. Cobb was died of grief not long after. Mr. Cobb met your wonderful grandmother, Amanda, about the same time as my mother met my father, who she married in '45. My mother's work stopped there (save for brunches your mother had during football games) and they went their ways. Although, actually, I think Mrs. Cobb had come to our house with Christmas gifts during the those years. About 1953, your grandmother called my Mom and invited us over for Christmas Eve. That invitation continued yearly thru '55 when we became older.The highlight of those early evening visits was your Dad and Mom making a stop dressed as Santa and his "Brownie". Grandmother would all of a sudden make a startling announcement that she heard bells, sleigh bells. We were directed to the staircase where we all watched as the two of them entered the room (donned in fur, head to toe). Mother looked around and signaled for Dad to come in. He petted their two dogs at the time (Fred's loves, not your Grandmothers!) Rufus and Daisy. At that time he lit a candle, read our wish lists for that year, and said a prayer, and left ringing his sleigh bells. There were three of us, me my sister Marge and brother Dean. This was at the house on Quincy St. Later we went one or two years to Brevoort Lane. Fed added magic tricks and another couple were invited with their kids came (the Edwards') Given the social-economic impact of that I cannot tell you what at impression that has had on me in a good way, all these years. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this as much as all the memories I have of those visits. p.s. Later Dad had a St. Bernard he brought. I have so many more details I'm leaving out. The last year we went Grandmom was painting many chairs in the garage, for the new lodge, the that strange venture Dad was starting at some mountain, somewhere! After all I was only 9, and given our backgrounds, "skiing" was a foreign word to me, in 1955.
Rosemary Boyd-Bodnar left a message on October 2, 2016:
One of my favorite people has left us. I enjoyed Ted's sense of humor. He was kind to me and all of my little skiers. He and Fluffo are undoubtably running things together somewhere. May he rest in peace!
Dyanne Brudos-Thornton left a message on October 2, 2016:
My deepest sympathy to the entire Motschman family. I had a number of connections to Ted, Susan, Fritz and Caroline and am sad to hear of Ted's passing. We were not only neighbors but I babysat for them when the kids were young, and I worked at the hill in the ski shop. Ted sometimes wanted people to believe he was tough and gruff but those who knew him, knew better. Susan and Ted were kind people who worked incredibly hard to build a dream. Their hard work allowed many in this community to experience the thrill of skiing and to build the friendships that went with it. He will be missed by many.
MAUREEN MOTSCHMAN left a message on September 29, 2016:
REGARDING MY DEAR TED...I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR TO SPEND THE LAST TEN WONDERFUL YEARS WITH THIS GOOD MAN. HE WAS A GENTLE MAN WHO ENTERTAINED FOLKS WITH HIS LIFE STORIES. HE WAS A WRITER AND AS A SPEAKER OF NOTE. TED GOT MUCH YARDAGE IN TELLING ABOUT OUR MARRIAGE WHICH WAS PERFORMED BY MY DAUGHTER AT WHISTLING STRAITS WITH SUE, IN HER ROBES OPENING WITH "'DO YOU , MOM, TAKE TED AS YOUR.....AND DO YOU, TED, TAKE MY MOM ".. ETC. WHAT AN ADORABLE KINDLY MAN . TED MADE OUR FAMILY WHOLE.. FONDLY, MAUREEN, SUE AND JED THANK YOU ALL FOR TALES OF YOUR CONNECTIONS WITH TED. PLEASE VISIT WITH US IN THE SPRING IF YOU ARE ABLE
MAUREEN MOTSCHMAN left a message on September 29, 2016:
REGARDING MY DEAR TED...I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR TO SPEND THE LAST TEN WONDERFUL YEARS WITH THIS GOOD MAN. HE WAS A GENTLE MAN WHO ENTERTAINED FOLKS WITH HIS LIFE STORIES. HE WAS A WRITER AND AS A SPEAKER OF NOTE. TED GOT MUCH YARDAGE IN TELLING ABOUT OUR MARRIAGE WHICH WAS PERFORMED BY MY DAUGHTER AT WHISTLING STRAITS WITH SUE, IN HER ROBES OPENING WITH "'DO YOU , MOM, TAKE TED AS YOUR.....AND DO YOU, TED, TAKE MY MOM ".. ETC. WHAT AN ADORABLE KINDLY MAN . TED MADE OUR FAMILY WHOLE.. FONDLY, MAUREEN, SUE AND JED THANK YOU ALL FOR TALES OF YOUR CONNECTIONS WITH TED. PLEASE VISIT WITH US IN THE SPRING IF YOU ARE ABLE
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MAUREEN MOTSCHMAN left a message on September 29, 2016:
REGARDING MY DEAR TED...I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR TO SPEND THE LAST TEN WONDERFUL YEARS WITH THIS GOOD MAN. HE WAS A GENTLE MAN WHO ENTERTAINED FOLKS WITH HIS LIFE STORIES. HE WAS A WRITER AND AS A SPEAKER OF NOTE. TED GOT MUCH YARDAGE IN TELLING ABOUT OUR MARRIAGE WHICH WAS PERFORMED BY MY DAUGHTER AT WHISTLING STRAITS WITH SUE, IN HER ROBES OPENING WITH "'DO YOU , MOM, TAKE TED AS YOUR.....AND DO YOU, TED, TAKE MY MOM ".. ETC. WHAT AN ADORABLE KINDLY MAN . TED MADE OUR FAMILY WHOLE.. FONDLY, MAUREEN, SUE AND JED THANK YOU ALL FOR TALES OF YOUR CONNECTIONS WITH TED. PLEASE VISIT WITH US IN THE SPRING IF YOU ARE ABLE
MAUREEN MOTSCHMAN left a message on September 29, 2016:
REGARDING MY DEAR TED...I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR TO SPEND THE LAST TEN WONDERFUL YEARS WITH THIS GOOD MAN. HE WAS A GENTLE MAN WHO ENTERTAINED FOLKS WITH HIS LIFE STORIES. HE WAS A WRITER AND AS A SPEAKER OF NOTE. TED GOT MUCH YARDAGE IN TELLING ABOUT OUR MARRIAGE WHICH WAS PERFORMED BY MY DAUGHTER AT WHISTLING STRAITS WITH SUE, IN HER ROBES OPENING WITH "'DO YOU , MOM, TAKE TED AS YOUR.....AND DO YOU, TED, TAKE MY MOM ".. ETC. WHAT AN ADORABLE KINDLY MAN . TED MADE OUR FAMILY WHOLE.. FONDLY, MAUREEN, SUE AND JED THANK YOU ALL FOR TALES OF YOUR CONNECTIONS WITH TED. PLEASE VISIT WITH US IN THE SPRING IF YOU ARE ABLE
Derek and Marci Iverson left a message on September 28, 2016:
Our sincerest condolences to the Motschman family. We only interacted with Ted on occasion as youth and young adults skiing and ski racing at Mt. La Crosse. We are grateful for the services and the access to such a great facility over the years. We have fond memories of Ted. He will be greatly missed.
Craig Sandberg left a message on September 27, 2016:
A man I truly admired and respected. I only knew him for about three years at Mt. LaCrosse, but worked closely with him. Ted and Susan welcomed me in a situation where the company I worked for bought the shop and through their aid, I learned great lessons. They allowed me the honor of marrying my wife in a service at Mt. Lacrosse, which I understood happened somewhat infrequently, though often requested. A life-long memory afforded from dear friends - Ted and Susan. Gruss Gott mein Freund.
Sue & Tim Durtsche left a message on September 27, 2016:
We lived a few houses down from Ted when we lived on 17th Place. He was always kind to us and our four young children in the neighborhood and on the ski hill. May he be resting in peace.
Fritz Motschman, Pittsburgh, PA left a message on September 26, 2016:
Dad was a great guy, and we will miss him terribly. For our friends in La Crosse, a more detailed obituary will be published in the La Crosse Tribune in the next few days. A memorial service will be held at Mt. La Crosse Ski Area sometime in Spring 2017. All who knew him are invited to attend, and an announcement as to the exact date will be sent out closer to that time. Thanks for the memories, Ted!
Scott Leuthold left a message on September 26, 2016:
I will be forever grateful for the selfless concern Ted (and Susan) extended to me growing up. These two individuals empowered me and influenced the person I am today. In high school, they observed talents and skills in me as an artist and designer and welcomed me to oversee the completion of the signage update project they had underway at Mt. La Crosse (started by Fritz whom was headed off to college). While working there, Ted, on occasion, would invite me to take a break and ski with him. Though I knew how to ski, Ted taught me to ski with form and grace. In high school, I excelled in independent studies classes in art. Ted saw my talents and volunteered to capture my work on slides, prepare formal documentation of each piece into a portfolio, and then proceeded to help me complete an application to attend art school in Minneapolis. Susan then offered to drive me from La Crosse to Minneapolis in a blizzard snow storm to tour the school and submit my application and portfolio. Such selfless, kind acts influence how we mature. I looked up to these people and have kept their investment in me close. Thank you Ted for your guidance. I am now 46 years old and own my own creative agency. I still ski and do so with form. And I, too, strive to inspire others with acts of kindness. Blessings always, in all ways.
Randy Ammerman left a message on September 26, 2016:
I knew Ted well. As a member and director of the Mt. LaCrosse Ski patrol I had many interactions with him. I always knew that Ted would be there for whatever support the the patrol might need. Its sad that we have lost another person from the early days of Mt. LaCrosse.
Rebecca and Ken Melchert left a message on September 26, 2016:
We will miss you Ted, you had a distinct gift of being at ease with everyone and making us all feel as if we had always been your friend. The memories of being with you and Maureen will last forever. Ken and Rebecca Melchert
Nancy & Ghandi Benjamin left a message on September 25, 2016:
We first met Ted & Susan in Aug. 1960 when we moved to LaCrosse. They were at the hill when we drove out there picking up rocks to put in the chalet floor. I later became the first female ski patroller so I got to know them very well. What a blessing he did to establish Mt. LaCrosse which is thriving today. Nancy & Ghandi Benjamin
Jim and Kim Engel left a message on September 24, 2016:
We have many fond memories of Ted from when we worked with him in the industry in Wisconsin Ski Industries Association, to skiing with our daughters at LaCrosse for ski races, to having him ski with us at Sunburst... and more. Ted was a gentleman and had a passion for the industry. We miss him.
Robin Jones left a message on September 24, 2016:
there are no words.....
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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