Robert KJOL

Male 1947 - 2013

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  • Name  Robert KJOL 
    Born  20 Jan 1947  Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Apr 2013 
    Person ID  I55  MYLES COSGROVE
    Last Modified  27 Aug 2014 

    Father  Gunnar KJOL,   b. 18 Jun 1916,   d. 12 Jul 1996, Springdale, Washington, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Marjorie Jane BURKE,   b. 21 Apr 1923, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 2011, Springdale, Benton, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Family ID  F9  Group Sheet

    Family  Patricia PEZALLA 
    Married  14 Feb 1970 
     1. Kristina KJOL
     2. Timothy KJOL
     3. Kendra KJOL
    Family ID  F21  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 

    • Kjol, Robert

      Robert M. Kjol, 66, Wittenberg, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at his home.

      He was born on January 20, 1947 in Milwaukee, the son of the late Gunnar and Marjorie (Burke) Kjol.

      On February 14, 1970, Bob was united in marriage to Patricia Pezalla in Milwaukee. She survives.

      Robert graduated from Morehead State University in Minnesota in 1969 with a Bachelor's degree in Social work and then in 1975 he graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Master's Degree in Social Work. Bob and Pat worked as House Parents at Norris School for Boys in 1970. After grad school, he worked with adolescents in the Milwaukee County Mental Health Program. In 1976, Bob started working for Lutheran Social Service in Black River Falls and in 1977, took a position at the Homme Home for Boys in Wittenberg. He worked for the Homme Youth and Family Programs for over 30 years. Among his many achievements, he established the Journey Program at Homme, which is an in-house treatment program for juvenile sex offenders. Bob became a nationally known speaker on the subject and traveled all over the country to speak at conferences. He also was key in developing a Ropes Course Program which he was very proud of. Bob is a published author on many topics related to adolescence mental health treatment alternatives. He was an adjunct professor at Upper Iowa University in Wausau, teaching classes on Victimology and Social Deviance and he also taught Sunday School at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wittenberg.

      Bob loved to travel; he was an adventurous spirit from a young age. As a child, he had the opportunity to live in many areas of the world including Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. Later in life, he and Pat enjoyed traveling the country to see family and friends and explore places. They just had returned home from a fun trip to New Orleans. Bob loved camping, golf, gardening and his family. He was also a very active member of Walls of Wittenberg.

      Survivors include his wife, Patricia Kjol, Wittenberg; three children, Kristina (Brian) Swanson, Green Bay, Tim (Amy) Kjol, Cross Plains and Kendra (Robert) Krall, Tuscan, AZ; four grandchildren, Dakota and Laura Swanson, Henry Kjol and Samuel Robert Krall; three siblings, John (Pat) Kjol, Ocala, FL, Randa (Bruno) Gravanti, Tampa, FL and Terry (Karina) Kjol, Houston, TX, mother-in-law, Mildred Drey, San Diego, CA, sister-in-law, Mary (Tom) Galetich and Brothers-in-law, Jeff Pezalla and Charles Pezalla. Bob is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

      In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Raphael Pezalla and brother-in-law, Tim Pezalla.

      A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. Rev. Amy Meyer will officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9am until the time of services at the church. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with arrangements. The family guestbook and condolences are available at

      In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to WOW, the Humane Society, Variety-The Children's Charity of Wisconsin, Habitat for Humanity or Doctors Without Borders.

      Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Apr. 28, 2013

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