Curt James ‘Ski’ Nell

Aug. 22, 1965 - Jan. 20, 2008

Curt James "Ski" Nell, born in Milwaukee on Aug. 22, 1965, to Conrad A. Nell and Caryl J. Arnold, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008.

Curt graduated from Waukesha North High School in 1984. After high school, Curt attended Waukesha County Technical College. He completed his apprenticeship Milwaukee Area Technical College to become an electrician. Curt became a master electrician and went on to own and operate Nell Electric.

Curt also was a volunteer firefighter for the town of Delafield. One day in his high school biology class, Curt met Britta L. Bartlein, she was 14 and he was 18. A few years later on Sept. 30, 1989, Curt and Britta married. They went on to have three wonderful children, Gregory James, Amanda Helen and Derek Mitchel.

Curt is survived by his loving wife, Britta; children, Gregory James (Corey Redmond), Amanda Helen and Derek Mitchel; and canine companion, Max, who are all at home.

He is further survived by his parents; Conrad (Hildy) Nell and Caryl Arnold; sister, Cathy (Jim) Neumann; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gerald and Joann Bartlein; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Doug) Vanderhei, Patti (Dennis) Poulakos and Ruth (Matt) Schneider; brothers-in-law, Michael (Heather) Bartlein and Harvey (Brenda) Bartlein; and nieces and nephews, Nathan (JoJo Sopa) and Nicholas Poulakos, Adam (Missy Kaiser) Vanderhei, Rebeca and Luke Neumann, Hayley and Emilee Bartlein and Jenna Bartlein; his grandparents, Marcella and Lloyd Dixon; and his step-sister, Lindsey Meider.

Curt was loved by many, many dear friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Uncle Wally; Helen Bartlein; his faithful friend, Brownie; and other loved ones.

Curt would go anywhere and was sure to know someone, but if he did not - he’d always be sure to make new friends.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 24, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 25, at the church

In lieu of flowers, memorials to be sent to: Curt Nell Family Benefit Fund, c/o Waukesha State Bank, P.O. Box 648, Waukesha, WI, 53187.

Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.