William ‘Bill’ W. Gretzinger

March 13, 1933 – April 14, 2011

William "Bill" W. Gretzinger of Waukesha was reunited with his wife Thursday, April 14, 2011, at age 78. Bill was born March 13, 1933, the son of John and Matilda Gretzinger in Shawano.

    He married the love of his life, Nancy Ann (nee Braem), on June 8, 1957. Bill was a longtime member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed gardening, travel, fishing and hunting. Bill was a handy man around the house and loved his dogs. He also had a Christmas tree lot on the corner of Moreland Boulevard and Delafield Street in the 1970s. Most of all, spending time with family was important.

    Bill will be deeply missed by his children, Mark (Cheryl) Gretzinger, Brenda (Paul Dupey) Cooper and Denise (David) Schmitz; grandkids, Amanda, Alexis, Jacob, Jennifer, Emily, Joshua, Michael and Nicholas; and a brother, Frank Gretzinger. Bill is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; a son, Paul; five sisters; three brothers; and his parents.

    Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Monday, April 18, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 1205 S. East Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Peter Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be private at Prairie Home Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

    Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.