Fred J. Rosenmerkel

Feb. 21, 1912 - Dec. 12, 2009

Fred John Rosenmerkel, a lifelong Waukesha resident, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at LindenGrove at the age of 97. He was born in Waukesha on Feb. 21, 1912, the son of Fred and Mary (nee Yeroshek) Rosenmerkel.

Fred was a 1930 graduate of Waukesha High School. On May 15, 1937, he married Loretta Bates. She preceded him in death Oct. 1, 1978. He worked for Waukesha Motors for 39 years until his retirement in 1977, where he was then a member of the Waukesha Motors Old Timers. Fred enjoyed playing the piano and played with Les Paul and many other bands. He was a member of the Musicians Union and of the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ since his confirmation in 1946.

He will be sadly missed by his loving daughter, Nancy (Larry) Bain of Waukesha; his granddaughter, Wendy Bain of Waukesha; nephew, Fred (Linda) Yopps of Mequon; and nieces, Sue (Al) Buyatt of Waukesha, Mary (Larry) Hale of Merton and Sandie (Rich) Noll of New Berlin. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Loretta, he was preceded in death by his companion and special friend, Vivian Lipke in 2005; his brother, Kenneth (Connie) Rosenmerkel; and sisters, Harriet (Robert) Yopps and Beulah (Jim) Pruett.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 2 p.m. funeral service Thursday, Dec. 17, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Ralph Schultz will preside. Entombment will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Prairie Home Cemetery. Please meet at the cemetery office.

Flowers are appreciated.

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.