PORT ORANGE, Fla.

Gary L. Piltz

July 27, 1949 - April 27, 2008

Gary L. Piltz, 58, formerly of Waukesha and Racine, passed away peacefully in his home in Florida on Friday, April 27, 2008, after a long illness.

A Waukesha resident for most of his life, he was born in Waukesha on July 27, 1949, the son of Melvin and Lula (nee Harvestine) Piltz.

Gary married Roberta (nee Jochum) Tarantino on May 6, 1988, in Milwaukee. He owned and operated Elemental Imports and Wind Lake Incense Co. in the ‘90s. Gary served in the U.S. Army and had been a member of the National Guard.

Survivors include his best friend and the love of his life, Roberta D. Piltz; a son, Jason (Donna) Piltz of Waukesha; stepsons, Thomas Tarantino of Pewaukee and Miles Tarantino of Neosho; stepdaughter, Angelique (Rob) Dysland of Brown Deer; grandchildren, Jason Jr., Andrew and Brandon Piltz; four stepgrandchildren; a sister, Doris (Ernest) Michaud of Dunedin, Fla.; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlin Piltz; and a sister, Janice Michaud.

A service of remembrance celebrating Gary’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Strouf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1001 High St., Racine, with the Rev. Phineas Marr officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends at 1 p.m. Wednesday until the time of the service in the funeral home, and also following the service in the Garden Reception Room in the funeral home for refreshments and a light lunch.

Strouf Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 632-5101 or visit online at www.strouf.com.