James H. ‘Jim’ Gotzler

Oct. 31, 1929 - Dec. 31, 2011

James H. "Jim" Gotzler of Waukesha died peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the age of 82 years. Jim was born in Calumet, Mich. on Oct. 31, 1929, the son of the late James and Hildegard (nee Pruesener) Winquist. He married the love of his life, Anna Mae Schmitt, on Feb. 23, 1952. Jim was a member of Saint Joseph’s Parish in Waukesha and a retired member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin Badgers. Jim enjoyed relaxing with his wife and family at their cabin in northern Wisconsin. Jim’s greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children and extended family as they were most important to him.

Jim will be dearly missed by his best friend and wife, Ann; children, Karen (Jim Milner) Gotzler, Steven (Sermin Womack) Gotzler, John (Carla Heinz) Gotzler, Thomas (Mary Beth Armstrong) Gotzler, Donna (Jason) Goetze, Michael (Sherry Huhn) Gotzler, and Amy Gotzler; grandchildren, Emma, Alexis, Daniel (Jackie Szajna), Jessica, Timothy, Samantha, Matthew, Melissa (Daniel Zak), Kimberly, Anna, Lauren, Ella, Jane, and Claudia; great-grandchildren, Leeland, Abigail, Kylie, Tyler, Amanda, Scarlet and Hope. Jim is further survived by other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-father, Joseph Gotzler.

The visitation for Jim will be held on Wednesday, Jan.4, 2012 from 3 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 6 p.m. at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. William Kohler will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Saint Joseph’s Medical and Dental Clinic, 826 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

Jim’s family would like to send many thanks to the staff of Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Avalon Square, Assist at Home and Vitas Hospice Care, for their kind and gentle care of Jim.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, please visit WaukeshasFuneralHome.com or call the funeral home at 262-542-6609.