Daniel Q. Ross

Daniel Q. Ross of Waukesha died unexpectedly at his home in his sleep Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at age 16.

Dan is remembered by his family as someone who always had a smile on his face. He was friendly, outgoing, a "big dreamer" who was active in sports playing volleyball, baseball and football. Dan was involved in shooting sporting clays at Wern Farms, where he also had a summer job raising pheasants and was proud to be on "The Bird Crew." He loved Michigan football and the Boston Red Sox. Danís other interests included hunting, fishing and working on cars, especially his 1991 white Camaro. Dan was a vibrant young man who was looking forward to his junior year at Kettle Moraine High School and thinking ahead to college.

Dan is the loving son of Charlie and Lynn Ross of Waukesha; younger brother of Julienne Ross of Henderson, Nev., Jennifer Maresh of Madison and Stephanie Maresh of Madison; uncle to Amaya Maresh of Madison; and grandson of paternal grandparents Charles F. and Yvonne Ross of Fairfield, Conn., and maternal grandmother Loretta Martola of Neenah. Dan is further survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

Dan was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Mauri Martola.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 29, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Aug. 30, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, with the Rev. Frank Janzow officiating. Interment will follow at Genesee Cemetery, town of Genesee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Danís name are appreciated to Share the Field Project, Kettle Moraine High School, Attn: Coach Mike Fink, 349 Oak Crest Drive, Wales, WI 53183.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609 or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com