Richard A. ‘Rich’ Gronquist

March 31, 1935 – Aug. 7, 2011

Richard A. "Rich" Gronquist entered into eternal life Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at age 76. Richard was born March 31, 1935, in Aurora, Ill., the son of Edward and Catherine (nee Cooley).

Richard was educated in the West Aurora schools and received his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi – Professional Journalistic Fraternity. He served with the U.S. Air Force as an information services specialist and spent 18 months in the Philippines. His professional career in public relations included William Eisner and Associates, Image Management, Zigman, Joseph, Stephenson and Public Relations Services. His music interests were at the University of Illinois and the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee. After retirement, he followed his passion for duplicate bridge and won second place at a sectional master category.

Richard will be dearly missed by his wife, Joan (nee Ernst); sons, David and Paul; sisters, Ruthanne Shipman of Illinois and Janet Pfaff of Georgia; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Edwin Gronquist.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Curt Frederick will be presiding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Richard’s name are appreciated to The American Heart Association.

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