Vincent R. Rutzinski

On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, Vincent R. Rutzinski lost his battle with cancer at the tender age of 26. Diagnosed with a brain tumor May 6, 2006, Vince fought valiantly from the first day the tumor was detected until his final breath was drawn. Vince left this world holding the hand of his wife, Michelle, at the couple’s Brown Deer home.

Vince was a graduate of Waukesha South High School and attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design as well as Milwaukee Area Technical College to study photography. Although a talented photographer, Vince’s professional life led him to become a paralegal and he worked for Bruck Law Offices in Milwaukee where he met the girl who would later become his wife. Vince was very fond of the East Side Milwaukee lifestyle living with Michelle in the Brady Street neighborhood until his illness. He loved drinking mochas at Starbucks, perusing the local shops and indulging in the neighborhood’s varied eateries. Vince was a great collector of music, movies and well-illustrated comic books. He relished life and lived every moment to the fullest.

Vince is survived by his wife, Michelle La Count; his brother, Nick Rutzinski of Milwaukee; his mother, Jane Batha; stepfather, John Spaulding; grandmothers, Jean (Otto) Batha and Naomi (Applegate) Rutzinski, all of Waukesha; aunts and uncles, Joel and Kathy (Ptacek) Batha, Joan (Rutzinski) and Marc Loden, all of Madison, Joy (Batha) and Joe Smoger of Waukesha, and Ron Rutzinski of Sussex; as well as several cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Rutzinski, and grandfathers, John Batha and Roman Rutzinski, all of Waukesha.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1 p.m. until the 4 p.m. funeral service Saturday Nov. 18, at Cesarz, Charapata, Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated and may be directed to the family, to be used for a foundation being created in Vincent’s honor.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit for online obituaries, directions or condolences.

Vincent’s time here may have been short, but the impact of his spirit will be felt forever in the hearts of those who loved him.