Christopher Mitchem

Christopher Lee Mitchem

Friday, January 18th, 1985 - Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
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Christopher L. Mitchem, 35, of Kenosha, WI, passed away at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Born on January 18, 1985, the beloved son of the late Richard Smart Jr.

Christopher participated in Special Olympics, playing basketball, track, softball, and bowling; earning many ribbons and a trophy. He was also part of Crabtree Residential Living. Christopher worked on the janitorial and carwash staff at Kwik Trip and was a loved member of their crew.

He is survived by the honorary family of his choosing, Aunt Mary Smart; “Sister” Danielle Friedrich; a “Nephew”, Kayden; and “Nieces” Aryelle, and Reina; “Auntie” Markena and “Uncle” David Lanska; and Stacey Zizzo “The Boss" – and sometimes Mom. He is also survived by two uncles, Robert Moore, and Jesse Roberts; his estranged mother, Elizabeth Mitchem; and his estranged father, James Ramm; as well as, his friends from Special Olympics, Crabtree, and Kwik Trip.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Froedtert Medical Center, especially the CVICU nursing staff who he came to love during the many weeks he spent with them, and the Respiratory, Speech, and Physical Therapy departments. Also, Waukesha Rehabilitation Hospital and Harmony House, for the help and care that they gave to Chris. He would also want us to thank his guardian, Kiki, his case manager, Erica, and Cathy Lewis of Special Olympics.

Visitation for Chris will be held on February 22nd, in the basement at St. Peters Catholic Church, 2224 30th Avenue, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. Parking and entrance are behind the church on the north side. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Kenosha Special Olympics or the American Cancer Society in his name.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111 60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    St. Peter Catholic Church
    2224-30th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Peter Catholic Church
    2224-30th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Services will be held in the basement.


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Posted at 12:49pm
Chris was a happy person. He was always singing, smiling and waving at people that he knew. He will certainly be missed by all that knew him. Rest peacefully, Chris.

David Lanska

Posted at 07:39pm
Chris had an endearing personality, contagious smile and a love of sports and the great outdoors. As his honorary Aunt and Uncle, Markena and I were fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time with him camping, boating and fishing. He had a way of touching the hearts of anyone that knew him. We will miss our fishing buddy, especially Memorial Day weekend, when we had planned to go camping with him again.

Phillip Gondek

Posted at 05:56pm
Chris was a bright and up coming young man, my pleasure to know him and have his friendship. Fly high and graceful with your new wings Chris

Roseanne Mattefs

Posted at 08:54am
Chris was a friend of my daughter Melissa and he came to our house and went on picnics with us on the 4 th of July. I remember seeing Chris walk pass our apartment with his head phones and singing and smiling. Even when the doors were close you could hear him.. I will miss that voice. He will be greatly missed..

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