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November 27, 2023

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Ambrose Peitzmeier, 80, of West Point, died Monday, November 27, 2023 at Madonna Rehabilitation in Lincoln.  Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Monday, December 4 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. Steve Emanuel as celebrant.  Lunch will be at the Nielsen Center. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 3:00pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Memorials may be made to the GACC Booster Club, GACC Endowments, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.

Born on February 10, 1943, to Peter and Elizabeth (Hunke) Peitzmeier in West Point, Ambrose’s life was a memorable journey of hard work, love, and a fair share of shenanigans.  From the get-go, Ambrose was a farm kid through and through. He attended St. Aloysius Catholic School and graduated from Guardian Angels High School in 1961, where he likely learned that farming and mischief make the perfect pair. After a tour in the Army Reserves, he returned to the family farm, where he, his dad and brothers planted the seeds of future stories.

On September 2, 1967, Ambrose married Pauleen Schueller at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Primghar, IA. The couple made their home on the family farm west of West Point.

Ambrose’s social calendar was as full as a grain bin during harvest season. He was affiliated with the Cuming County Pork Producers, the 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Council 2272, and other community groups. Devoted to his faith till the very end, he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which is where you could find him every Sunday. On nights when he wasn’t busy, you could catch him reading books and magazines about gardening so that he could get higher yields on the fruits and vegetables for him to share with his girls or for Pauleen to can. Often, he was found passing on the “right way” of gardening to his children.  In his younger days, Ambrose was a fast pitch softball player.  When it came time to hang up his cleats, bowling became his passion, proving that even the pins knew how to have a good time when he was around.  Following his love of sports, he became an active member of the GACC Booster Club.  He was also the number one fan at all his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. Whether it was a Little League game or a high school match, Ambrose was there, cheering louder than the stadium announcer.

Ambrose’s witty banter, warm smile, and open heart made him a friend to all. His love for a good joke and a hearty laugh will be remembered by everyone who had the pleasure of sharing a moment or a game of cards with him.

Survivors include his wife Pauleen,

Daughter – Joan (Tim) Plagge of West Point – Nolan, Allyson (Jakob) Meier, and Megan

Daughter – Brenda (Greg) Duhsmann of West Point – Austin, Dylan, and Branden

Son-in-law – Mark (Tiffany) Rase of Elkhorn – Drew and Samantha

Daughter – Rhonda (Mike) Potratz of Altoona, IA – Taylor and Jaden

Daughter – Sara (Eric) Nichols of Fort Calhoun – Alexandra and Ethan

Daughter – Beth (Heather Steffen) Peitzmeier – Jaden Guerue, Landry, Emery, and Maverick Steffen

Siblings, Mary Ann Ruskamp, Andrew (DiAnn), Millie (Dan) Rief, and Lorie Endsley.

Ambrose is preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Amy in 1981 and Nancy Rase in 2014; granddaughter, Madison Duhsmann; and brothers, Henry, Robert, and Joseph.