Gemuetlichkeit Days Royalty-Present and Past

The 2015 Gemuetlichkeit Days King and Queen Tony and Michelle Haffelder.

Tony is the son of past royalty, King and Queen 2000, David and Lianne (Hans) Haffelder of Jefferson.  He attended grade school at St. John the Baptist Catholic School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1993.  He is a graduate of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI, and is a journeyman lineman.  He has been working as a lineman for 21 years and for Jefferson Utilities for the past 16 years.

Michelle is the daughter of Gerald and Lynette (Rogers) Flack of Freeport, IL.  She attended grade school in Juda, WI, and graduated from Dakota High School, Dakota, IL in 1989.  She is a graduate of Highland Community College in Freeport, IL and Concordia University Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and has been a nurse for over 23 years.  She is a nurse for UW Health in Fort Atkinson.

The new King and Queen are active members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson, where they were married in 1999.  They have been blessed with three amazing sons.  Andrew attended grade school at St. John the Baptist, and is an honor roll freshman at Jefferson High School involved in football and track.  Dylan also attended grade school at St. John the Baptist, and is an honor roll 8th grade student at Jefferson Middle School involved in football and track.  Ryan is in 4th grade at St. John the Baptist Catholic School and is involved in football and soccer.

When they are not busy running around with the boys, they enjoy camping trips in Wisconsin with family and friends, and traveling to new places in the US and Mexico.  They can be seen in the summertime at Jefferson Blue Devil baseball games, and are WI Badger/Packer/Brewers fans.

Tony is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and has been a member of the Jefferson Sportsman’s Club and Jefferson Sno-Hawks Snowmobile Club for several years.  He is also a volunteer Jefferson Youth Football Coach.  He played on the Division 3 Jefferson State Champion Football Team in 1991.  He enjoys hunting, trap shooting, snowmobiling, and outdoor activities with his family.

Michelle can be seen singing most weekends at St. John the Baptist Church, or volunteering her time at the parish school.  She enjoys walking the family dog “Buster”, cooking, and card making.  She was a former contestant in the Miss Illinois 1992 pageant, and reigned as pageant queen Miss Freeport that year.

The royal couple celebrates German ancestry.  Michelle’s great-great grandparents, the Dittmars, settled across the state line in the Freeport area at a farm in Elizabeth, IL in the late 1850’s.  Many Germans came to the area from their European homeland at that time, and brought with them their love of beer and pretzels.  A brewery and pretzel factory were then built, naming Freeport, IL the Pretzel City.  Tony’s great-great grandparents from the Hans and Haffelder families came to the Wisconsin area from Germany in the mid 1800’s, and also brought with them their love of beer and good cheer, which tie into the meaning of Gemuetlichkeit.  Both of his grandparents owned taverns in Jefferson; the OxYoke and Hap & Ruby’s. 

The King and Queen would like to thank the Gemuetlichkeit committee for their hard work and dedication to this age-old tradition.  They would especially like to thank the past three royal couples; Steve and Bonnie Paulie, Tim and Debbie Koehler, and Bob and Sherry Gruennert for their guidance, support and friendship while preparing them for this exciting journey they are about to embark upon.

We are truly honored to have been chosen and are looking forward to carrying on the tradition by representing the community of Jefferson while serving as your 45th year Gemuetlichkeit Days King and Queen.  Hats off!


Gemuetlichkeit Days History of Kings and Queens:

1971 Elroy & Catherine Schmidt

1972 Bob & Betty Ziegler

1973 Ray & Christine Sindermann

1974 Jim & Kate Endl

1975 Ray & Yvonne Krause

1976 Andy & Elsie Zingen

1977 George & Sugar Kemmeter

1978 Francis & Marion Schakelman

1979 Karl & Rita Doeberlein

1980 Tom & Betty Adams

1981 Bill & Barb Hesse

1982 Wayne & Joyce Schneider

1983 Bob & Dawn Kober

1984 Jerry & Mick Schuld

1985 Dieter & Phyllis Hagen

1986 Elmer & Judy Waldmann

1987 Ed & Jean Schroedl

1988 Wayne & Jean Hartwig

1989 Don & Marge Jaeger

1990 Albert & Ardes Klug

1991 Ken & Jeanette Brumm

1992 George & Kathleen Groskopf

1993 Dick & Joyce Fischer

1994 Bob & Sally Zentz

1995 Dan & Wendy Rueth

1996 Roger & Ann Weilbacher

1997 Dan & Bunny Haas

1998 Bill & Debbie Meinel

1999 Roger & Pat Heideman

2000 Dave & Lianne Haffelder

2001 Andy & Marcia Bare

2002 Dennis & Chris Bieck

2003 Bill & Kelly Becker

2004 Steve & Barb Kulow

2005 Brad & JoAnn Meinel

2006 Troy & Penny Ashburn

2007 Gary and Mary Haag

2008 Gregg and Sara Heideman

2009-Tim and Sara Babcock

2010-Charlie and Deb Wedl

2011-Al and Margaret Vogel

2012-Steve and Bonnie Pauli

2013-Tim and Debbie Koehler

2014-Bob and Sherry Gruennert

2015-Tony and Michelle Haffelder