William 'Bill' Betenz

April 14, 1919 - April 9, 2009

William 'Bill' Betenz of Waukesha died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at LindenGrove Health and Rehabilitation Center at age 89. Bill was born April 14, 1919, in Palmyra, the eighth of 10 children of Joseph and Mary Betenz.

Prior to World War II, Bill was a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. During World War II, he served in the 32nd (Red Arrow) Division in the South Pacific. Shortly after his discharge, Bill began working at Waukesha Engine and worked in the fuel research department until his retirement.

On April 26, 1947, Bill married Helen Schwarting of Waukesha. They were married for 50 years until Helens death in 1997. In 1955, Bill and Helen, along with their three daughters, moved from Waukesha to Pewaukee. This would be their home for the next 42 years. While their children were growing up, Bill and Helen also operated Bills Standard Service and Bait Shop at Highway G and Interstate 94.

After Bill retired, Helen and he spent their time traveling, fishing, hunting and working in the yard. Bill was especially proud of his garden and loved to sit in his recliner and watch TV with his favorite beagle, Betsy. Bill enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers games on TV. He was a member and past president of the WHO (Wisconsin House Outdoorsmen) Club, and the Land o Lakes Old Timers League.

Bill was the proud Dad of Kathy Betenz of Milwaukee, Carol (Richard) Valley of Columbus and Nancy Betenz of Hartland; grandpa of Brian (Jennifer) Valley and great-grandpa of Andrea. He also is survived by his two brothers, Albert and August Betenz, both of Palmyra; sister-in-law, Betty Betenz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; sisters, Margaret, Mary and Anne; and brothers, Joseph, Frank, Ludwig and John.

Visitation for Bill will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. vigil service Friday, April 17 at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass Saturday, April 18 at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280-N2101 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee. The Rev. Joseph Hornacek will be officiating. A committal service with military honors will take place at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha, immediately following the Mass.

Memorials in Bills name may be directed to the charity of the donors choice.

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