Jeff is one of five children born to the late Eugene and Lucille
(Waldmann) Hans of Jefferson, Wisconsin. He and his four sisters grew up
on the family farm and experienced raising many animals, with some
being quite unique (buffalo, black bear, Scottish Highlanders, and
domestic yaks). Jeff graduated from Jefferson High School in 1973. His
life has been dedicated to the family business, Hans Bros., Inc.,
started by his parents, that he currently owns and operates.
Debbie is the youngest of four children born to the
late Kenneth and Helen (Wolfram) Andrews of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
She graduated from Lakeside Lutheran High School in 1975, and continued
her studies at MATC. Following graduation from MATC she was hired as an
Administrative Assistant by the late Attorney John Lampert of
FortAtkinson before marrying and starting a family. She worked part-time
for the family business prior to beginning her current job of 38 years
with the School District of Jefferson as the Administrative Assistant to
the Superintendent. In 2010, she took over the bookkeeping
responsibilities for Hans Bros., relieving her mother-in-law, Lucille,
after 60+ years in that role. In 2017, Debbie received Jefferson’s Ray
O. Fischer Citizen of the Year award.
The royal couple met at Capn’s Corners (local pub) in
1976 and were married on April 30, 1977, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
in Fort Atkinson. After purchasing their home in Jefferson, they joined
St. John’s Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with two
beautiful daughters. Oldest daughter, Ellie, resides in Middleton with
her husband, Dan Roekle, and their two children, Carter (17) and Kylie
(14). Daughter, Abbie, formerly of Fitchburg, relocated to Australia in
October of 2020 to be with her love, Craig Tasborski, and to continue
her work with Boston Scientific Neuromodulation.
Jeff and Debbie enjoy dancing, boating, following the
Green Bay Packers and attending games, watching their grandchildren play
sports, occasional trips to the casino, and spending time with family
and friends. Within the past four months, they have sold their Jefferson
home of 43 years and relocated to Jeff’s homestead, also in Jefferson.
Jeff’s paternal and maternal ancestors originated in
Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate; Baden-Wurttemberg; and Warsin, Kreis
Pyritz, Pommerania, Germany and France. Jeff’s paternal great
grandfather, John Hans, was active at local fairs and won many first
prizes for grains and seeds. He also had an aptitude for brewing wine
and applejack and had frequent visitors from local farmers to partake.
John was remembered as an industrious farmer. Jeff’s great grandmother,
Susan Hornberg Hans, was a member of a large family in Germany and her
father managed to raise money for one of his children to travel to
America and Susan was selected. Susan too was active in local fairs and
won prizes for cakes, cookies, bread baking, and sock sewing. Throughout
the generations and noted in census records, the “Hans” name had
several spelling versions in the mid-1800s that included Hens, Hanz and
Hance, before resting on the spelling of “Hans” around 1900.
Debbie’s maternal ancestors originated in Germany in
the areas of Hannover, Niedersachsen; and Pommern, Cochem-Zell,
Rheinland-Pfalz, as well as Kurtzdorf, Regenwalde, Prussia. Her paternal
ancestors originated in Belfast, Ireland.
Both sets of parents of the King and Queen previously
owned and operated local taverns. The Ox Yoke and Depot, both in
Jefferson, were owned by Jeff’s parents; Ken & Helen’s Tavern, in
Fort Atkinson, was owned by Debbie’s parents, and later purchased by her
While the journey to May Ball 2021 has been long and
unique due to COVID, the King and Queen were continually supported by
the unwavering selection committee members who were committed to keeping
the excitement in the forefront for the past 15 months.
A special THANK YOU is extended to committee members
Jeff and Tiffany Schmidt (2019); Brad and Tonya Umbarger (2018); and
Dave and Jennie Fischer (2017) for their guidance, support, and
friendship in preparing the King and Queen for this wonderful adventure.
Thank you also to the Gemuetlichkeit Days organization for your hard
work and dedication in preserving such a wonderful tradition for our
Cheers to 50 years Gemuetlichkeit Days! We are proud to serve as your 2021 King and Queen. Ein prosit!
Please print this form and use it to submit your choice for the 2020 royal couple. The only requirement is that the couple lives in the Jefferson School District.
Nominations must be received by January 31, 2021
2021 King and Queen will be officially announced at the May Ball on Saturday, May 9th, 2020 at Fairview Sports Bar and Grill. Please attend this event to see if your nominees have been selected and to welcome our new royalty.
Please download and send the nomination to:
Jeff and Tiffany Schmidt 511 N. Stevens Ave. Jefferson, WI 53549