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David F. Reisinger

David F. Reisinger

David Francis Reisinger was born in Sparta, Wisconsin to Joseph and Leone (Schmitz) Reisinger, the third of five boys, February 16, 1936, died Tuesday June 21, 2022 in Menomonie.

Dave was an incredible athlete and lettered in four sports while at Sparta High School, graduating in 1954.  He was inducted into the Sparta High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.  Dave enjoyed attending class reunions with his high school classmates throughout his lifetime. 

He learned the sheet metal trade in the family’s heating and air conditioning business.  With that training and his university education, he could fix or make just about anything.

Dave joined the Navy after High School and served on a 3000-person aircraft carrier, the USS Hancock.  He travelled back and forth from Hawaii to Japan while enlisted, and played basketball on a team he captained.

After serving his country, Dave earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Education from UW-Stout in 1962.  This is where he met his wife, Patricia Ann Wenner.  As a colorblind undergraduate, Dave’s fraternity brothers loved to dress him in mismatched clothing.  This is how Pat spotted him.  They were married on August 11, 1962, and throughout their life together Pat never could manage his wardrobe.

Dave was employed by the Beloit Public School System in 1962 as a teacher and Industrial Arts Supervisor.  The Beloit Corporation honored Dave with two mathematic and applied science scholarships during his tenure in the Beloit School System.  While residing in Beloit, he and Pat served as co-presidents of the Stout State College Rock River Alumni Association. 

As a Local Vocational Education Coordinator (LVEC) for the Manitowoc County Handicapped Children’s Program, Dave was named “Counselor of the Year” by the National Association for Special Needs Citizens in 1975 and again in 1979.  He was a member of the Northeast Wisconsin Association of Industrial Educators and served as the President in 1976.  Dave was also a Call Staff Coordinator for UW-Madison’s Federal Educational Project serving special needs students.  Dave became President of the UW-Stout Area Vocational Association in 1979.

While in Manitowoc, Dave sang with the Men’s Ecumenical Choir at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.  This Parish was known for its outstanding choir and brass band almost as much as for the post-practice poker games in the church basement.  Dave loved his fellow choir members and remained a faithful Catholic and card shark until the end.  

Dave retired from the Menomonie Area School District.  After retirement, he worked for the UW-Stout Education Department as a Student-Teacher Coordinator, and taught metal sculpture in the summer College for Kids program.  Dave was involved in community activities serving on the Boards of the Mabel Tainter Theater and Indianhead Enterprises Inc. 

Dave was a metal sculptor and artist.  His art has been collected in eight states and three foreign countries, and he has received numerous local and state awards.  Dave’s favorite quote was, “An artist is a person who doesn’t know if they are working or playing”.  That spirit is what drove his work, which often involved found objects that he transformed into art.  He maintained, “Art is not a thing, it’s a process”.

From 2003-2006 Dave was an Adjunct Professor of Metal Sculpture at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Spring Green, WI.  He enjoyed the architecture school’s culture and students; and loved that this was the capstone to his lifelong teaching career.

Dave had a love of food and applied his creativity to cooking.  His specialty was homemade pizza which was served at all family gatherings.  He and Pat took many trips around the country in search of great food with their gourmet club in the 1970s.

Playing tennis was another love of Dave’s.  His retirement was filled with many hours of court time with his tennis buddies, with many pre-court ice cream sundaes to fuel their games.

Greater than his love of food and tennis, was his love of family.  His kids and grandkids held a special place in his heart.  He loved spending time with them and especially treasured the family’s annual cabin gatherings on Lake Vermillion.  There were always projects for the family to complete that Dave would supervise.

Dave is survived by his spouse, Pat; and children, Robb (Laura) Reisinger and Kristin Reisinger (Ted Skolnick); grandchildren Nina and Oscar Reisinger Skolnick and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his four brothers:  Robert, James, Thomas and Joseph.

The family wishes to thank The Neighbors of Dunn County’s staff for their professional, loving care. 

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 13th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Menomonie, Wisconsin.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral.

Burial will be in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Stout University Foundation restricted to the Wenner/Reisinger Scholarship or to The Bridge to Hope or Stepping Stones.


  1. Brian J. Finder

    To Pat, Kristin and Robb and family,

    Today I just learned of David's passing and please accept my belated but yet deeply sincere condolences for your loss. Last year I had the pleasure of catching up on some old times with David when he was at the Neighbors of Dunn County and now I hold that conversation very close to my heart. I have other great memories of David helping me install the numbers on rooms at Menomonie High School and also chaperoning several of us the VICA national competition in Atlanta. It's safe to say that there will never be another David Reisinger - who was a real original. Peace be with all of you.

    Brian Finder

  2. Denise Sedlak

    A few minutes ago Dave’s name popped into my head and then I found this. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that your many happy memories will be of comfort to you in the days ahead.

  3. Kitz Cleary

    Dear Pat -- I learned late of Dave's passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know how much it hurts to lose your beloved... with warning or without. You, strong woman that you are, will carry on even though the hurt doesn't subside. Blessings

  4. Jan Hladik

    May God send your comfort. Those whom we love always remain in our hearts.

  5. ruwoLinda Gosey

    I am so sorry for your loss Pat. I missed you last season but I felt you were probably busy. I was not attending any of the symphony lunches personally. I hope to see you this fall and again my heart goes out to you and family

  6. Dave Wyrwas

    From one Dave to another Dave. Just found out about your passing! Met you while also teaching at Beloit Memorial HS. Followed you as you matriculated from one job/city to another. Many a days playing tennis with you or just hanging out whenever around, reminiscing about past days or discussing future expectations. Dave always had a positive outlook; proud of achievements and above all his love of family and friends-Pat, Robb and Kristen and grandchildren. I'm sure Dave will be organizing and leading some activities up yonder. REST IN PEACE, DAVE!!

  7. Anthony Pollino

    Sad to read of David's passing.
    He will live in the loving memories he shared with you and family. I will have a Mass said for David at St. Joseph's Abby in St. Benedict LA.
    The Lord's Blessings be with you.

  8. George & Debbie Crave

    Pat, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We are so glad to have known Dave, even for a short time. The obituary was a beautiful tribute to him.
    God Bless!

  9. Jim and Judy Herr

    We are sorry to hear about David's death. A headstone in Ireland reads, "Death lives a memory that no one can steal. Thus, the beauty of a life well-lived is that it never dies. It continues to the next generation. We will never lose David, even in death. He will continue to be part of Pat's and his children's acts, thoughts, and decisions.

  10. Dr William Powell

    Still have one of his metal art works he had donated to the Mable Tainter theater, Fun guy to talk to,!

  11. sarah ward

    So sorry to read about Dave's death. My prayers are with his family and friends.

  12. Ellie Wondrow

    My dear Pat, Robb,Laura, Kristen ,Ted Oscar and Nina !!!
    There aren't adequate words to convey my sorrow for the recent loss of Dave ! Pat, you'll continue to carry the torch as you've always done ! I'll be your sounding board!

  13. Sali Seydel Mounce

    Pat, you have my deepest condolences. Dave was a wonderful man, and I hope you can see through the sorrow to the memories, because there must be millions!


  14. Lee and Jill Schwebs

    Dear Pat and Family,
    My contacts with Dave always brought back memories of knowing his Dad and brothers Bob and Jim from when I first started working for Northern States Power in LaCrosse. Sparta was part of the area I covered and I remember one day being there and the AC in the car had quit working. I stopped at the shop which was then located on the northside of downtown and they quickly fixed the problem with a shot of freon.

    Dave was certainly a most very talented person. We were fortunate to know him. - Lee

  15. Alice Zastoupil

    Pat and family, my sympathy and prayers on the passing of your beloved Dave. We met through their many trips through Tomah and stops at McDonald’s where I worked. We had a special connection and shared many stories. I lost your address but caught the obituary as I knew he was in Sparta Hall of Fame. He was a talented, caring, beautiful person and I know how he loved his family.

  16. Robin Johnson (Schroeder)

    Kristin and family, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and sending prayers. ???? ????

  17. Bill and Judy Niederberger

    So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. We share in your sadness and the happy memories from our times with you two at Stout, Beloit, Manitowoc and again at Menomonie. Our prayers are with you all.
    Judy & Bill Niederberger

  18. Nikki H.

    It was an honor to care for David and learn so much about his life. He always had a story to tell, it would either make you laugh or teach you a life lesson. I enjoyed his stories of his family, his wife, and traveling the most. To the family, I’m very sorry for your loss. He talked about you every day and I know his love for you was very deep. He will be greatly missed!

  19. Alison Oostendorp

    I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. My sympathy goes out to you, Pat, and your family.

  20. Sharon Droege

    So sorry to learn Dave has died. My condolences to the entire family, especially Pat and the kids.

  21. Lil Marshall

    Pat & Family- I'm so sorry for your loss


  22. Molly Harris Powers

    Pat, Rob, Kristin and family: We are so sorry about Dave’s passing. What a larger than life person he was! I was reminded from the obit of the good times playing tennis with you and your dad, Kristin. I hope that his memory is a blessing to all of you. We wish you peace and love as you mourn.

  23. Sharon Droege

    So, so sorry to learn of Dave's death! He will be missed by many.

  24. Kathy Bailey

    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your husband, Dave. May God bless in the sad time.

  25. Kim and Don Sabby

    Robb and Laura and the entire family. We are so very sorry for your loss ???? Sending hugs and Love ❤️

  26. Roy Bauer

    Pat, so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy. Roy

  27. Laura Wahl

    So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My sympathies to Pat and the family.

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