Richard Nielson ‘Dick’ Fauerbach

Nov. 25, 1925 - Dec. 22, 2008

Richard Nielson "Dick" Fauerbach, 83, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2008. He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Madison, the son of Walter and Margaret (nee Nielson) Fauerbach.

He became a machine tool apprentice at age 18 at Gisholt Machine Co. in Madison. Dick served in the Army Air Force during World War II. On June 28, 1952, he married Mary Gorman in Oregon, Wis. They moved to Waukesha in 1958, where they raised three daughters. Dick continued as a regional sales representative for Gisholt. In 1972, he started his own business, Waukesha Machine & Tool Co. He retired in 1993. He was a charter member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha, a longtime volunteer, a head usher and a leader in the church's Capital Fund Drive. Dick was the "Lookout Water Commissioner." He was an avid fisherman and hunter, with fond memories of goose hunting trips to Canada. He especially loved spending time at the family's cottage in Minocqua. His warmth, sense of humor and kind heart made him friends wherever he went.

His is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Mary, and their three daughters, Mary Ellen Aspenson of Waukesha, Ann (Robert) Smart of Waukesha and Kathleen (LaVerne) Best of Orangeville, Ill. He is the proud grandpa of Michael Smart of Big Sky, Mont., Jeffrey (Holly) Smart of Waukesha, Kaitlyn Best and Eric Richard Best of Orangeville and Peter Aspenson of Waukesha and great-grandpa to Tanner and Landon Smart. Dick is further survived by his sister, Ann Gibson of Madison; sisters-in-law, Margaret Fauerbach, Alice Fauerbach and Corinne Fauerbach, all of Madison; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents; his brothers, Phillip, Walter, Edward and David Fauerbach; and his sister, Mary Spohn.

His family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Martin Kern as well as his office manager Mary, his dialysis staff as well as the attending nurses on the fifth floor of Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Family and friends are invited to call at the church from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 1 p.m. The Very Rev. James T. Volkert will preside. Private burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Waukesha Catholic Schools System.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.