Judge Gempeler stepping down 
after 25 years
Health issues for him, wife forced absence

By BRIAN HUBER - GM Today Staff 

October 31, 2008

Circuit Court Judge Mark Gempeler talks to attorneys in the sexual assault trial of former Green Bay Packers tight end Mark Chmura in late January 2001. Gempeler, appointed to the bench by former Gov. Tony Earl, will retire in December.

WAUKESHA - After a 14-month absence from the bench necessitated by chronic back problems and the terminal illness of his wife, Charla, Circuit Court Judge Mark Gempeler announced last week he is retiring and ending a 26-year judicial career.

"I am still working through the process and itís different for every person for grieving and trying to cope with the loss of your soul mate, your best friend in life, and those are matters that frankly are paramount," Gempeler said Thursday. "And thatís one of the reasons why (Judge J.) Mac Davis and the state courts director tried to encourage me to come back to work, and I said it was dependent on whether I could rehab my back because I didnít want to come back to work for a couple of weeks and leave again with a back problem."

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This story appeared in The Freeman on October 31, 2008.