Joseph J. Bantz ‘Hook’

April, 4, 1939 – Nov. 20, 2010

Joseph J. Bantz "Hook" of Waukesha, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at Seasons Hospice in Waukesha at the age of 71.

Joseph was born April, 4, 1939, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Joseph and Leona Bantz. He attended Cambridge High School in Cambridge, Minn., and graduated in 1959 from an auto mechanic tech school in North Dakota. He married the late Sandra Hinze on Aug. 25, 1962, at First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha. Joseph was employed by Distribution Dynamics. "Hook" loved to watch sports and enjoyed playing on area pool and bowling leagues. His greatest joy was spending time with family and his great friends. He was the kind of guy that anybody would do anything for.

Joseph will be dearly missed by his daughter, Deborah Bantz; grandchildren, Joey and Tanya; brother, Donald (Nancy) Bantz of Georgia; sister, Hazel (Dennis) Shelley of Georgia; and dear friend, Deborah Tieman of Pewaukee. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; sons, Robbie and Steven Bantz; and a sister, Judy.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. memorial service Friday, Nov. 26, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Pete Peterson will officiate. Private burial will take place at Highland Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation & Pre-Planning services is serving the family. For more information, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com or call the funeral home at 542-6609.