Willis E. Schiller

March 1, 1929 - March 30, 2012

Willis E. Schiller of Waukesha passed away peacefully at his home while surrounded by his loving family Friday, March 30, 2012, at the age of 83. He was born March 1, 1929, in Pittsville, the son of Max and Elsie (Werth) Schiller.

Willis married Nancy Spicuzza on June, 28, 1996. He was a longtime member of St. Lukeís Lutheran Church. He retired from Waukesha Engine as a machinist. Willis was a member of the Waukesha Elkís Lodge 400. He volunteered at the Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society and enjoyed bowling, golf, travel, gardening and the great outdoors. Most of all, Willis enjoyed spending time with his family.

Willis will be sadly missed by his wife of 16 years, Nancy Spicuzza; children, Jean (Tim) Schneider of Brookfield, Carol (Steve Ripp) Spicuzza of Janesville, James (Pat) Spicuzza of Mount Vernon, Ill., Michael (Liz Kepplinger) Spicuzza of Oregon and John (Carol Lee) Spicuzza of Spring Grove, Ill.; grandchildren, Matthew (Ellen) Schneider, Katie, Laura, David, Frank Nicholas and Jacob Spicuzza, Sam and Ellie Horsnel; brothers, Ronald Schiller of Montello and Marvin (Doris) Schiller of Waukesha; sisters, Evelyn Walker of Bakersfield, Calif., Dorothy (Ron) Taylor of Vesper and Velma Gleisner of Arpin; and sisters-in-law, Chloe Schiller, Jean Schiller, Lily Orth and Gail Sheets. Willis is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Hunkins; three brothers, Carl, Gordon and Otto Schiller; and three sisters, Esther Yoss, Elsie Yoss and Frieda Truchinski.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. Lodge of Sorrow service today, April 3, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, April 4, at St. Lukeís Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha. The Rev. Kathy Boadwine will be officiating. Entombment will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials in Willisí name are appreciated to the Waukesha Elks Lodge 400, 2301 Springdale Road, Waukesha, WI 53186, or a charity of the donorís choice.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Gilberto Rodrigues, the Home Hospice staff, Visiting Angels and the Oncology North nurses at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care of Willis.

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