Robert J. Zeman Sr.

Robert J. Zeman Sr. passed away peacefully Friday, April 6, 2012, at age 90 with his loving family by his side.

He was the beloved husband of 63 years to Virginia (nee Seflow) and the loving father of Kathryn (Bruce) Eimermann, Judith (James) Lomas, Robert Jr. and Teresa (Keith) Grosskreutz. He will also be forever remembered by his eight grandchildren, Amy and Kyle Eimermann, Laura (Jason) Denham, Kristen Lomas, Anthony Lomas, Jamie (Paul) Gensler and Justin and Jason Grosskreutz. He was the adoring great-grandfather of Cameron, Mackenzie and Brayden Gensler and Haley and Connor Denham. He is further survived by a sister, Sylvia (Robert) Trednic; sister-in-law, Pauline Zeman; a brother-in-law, DeVere (Corinne) Seflow; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and his “best dog in the world, Rosie.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Antonia Zeman; a sister, Mary (Siegfried) Kulbacki; and a brother, Frank Zeman.

Bob attended West Division High School. He proudly served his country as a member of the Army Air Corps in World War II. After returning, he served his tool and die apprenticeship at Ace Tool and Die Co. In 1966, he founded R.J. Zeman Tool and Die. Bob was very proud of his employees. He always said, “They’re the best!” His happiest moments and the highlight of his day was making his daily rounds through his shop, which continued long after his retirement until recently when his health began to fail.

Bob’s other real passion in life was restoring cars with his son, Bob Jr. Their current project was a 1929 Model A Ford, which will be completed in his honor. His other interests were bowling, home remodeling, spending time with family and friends, often hosting parties at home.

Bob lost his courageous battle with heart disease. A special thanks to Dr. Singh and Dr. Cleary for their care and support.

Bob was a kind and generous man who will be remembered as a respected business owner and for his sense of humor. But most of all, he will be remembered as a devoted husband, a gentle and loving father and an amazing grandfather and great-grandfather, who centered his life on his family and faith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Bob’s favorite charities: St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Humane Animal Welfare Society.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. prayer service Thursday, April 12, at Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave., Brookfield, and again from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Friday, April 13, at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, Highway 83, North Lake. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Becker Ritter Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 782-5330 or visit online at