Peter ‘Pete’ John Dowd

Feb. 5, 1940 – July 30, 2012

Peter “Pete” John Dowd of Waukesha passed away while surrounded by his family at Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Monday, July 30, 2012, at the age of 72.

Peter was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 5, 1940, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Quinn) Dowd.

On Sept. 1, 1962, he married the love of his life, Diane (nee D’Amato). Peter proudly served in the U.S. Navy and retired after 20 years of service. He was a lifelong member of the Fleet Reserves. Peter was a member of the American Legion Post #8 in Waukesha. He worked for more than 30 years as an electrician. More than anything, Peter loved spending time with his family and friends.

Peter will be dearly missed by his children, Peter (Heidi) Dowd of Las Vegas, Teresa (Andy) Lee of New Berlin, Victoria (Charles) England of Las Vegas and Patrick Dowd of Waukesha; his mother-inlaw, Lucille D’Amato; his grandchildren, Chelsea, Taylor, Charles “Beau,” Jessica, Kaitlyn, Haley, Leiah and Lilah; his brothers, Gerard Dowd, Buddy Dowd, Robert Dowd and Brian Dowd; and many other family and friends.

Peter was preceded in death by his wife, Diane; his parents; his brothers, Joseph, Donald and Raymond; and his sisters, Peggy and Doris.

Visitation for Pete will be from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Friday, Aug. 3, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. There will be full military honors at the conclusion of the service for Pete’s dedicated service to our country. A private family burial will be held on Saturday morning at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Peter’s name are appreciated by the family to the American Legion Post #8, P.O. Box 111, Waukesha, WI 53187; or to the BloodCenter of Wisconsin Foundation Office, 638 N. 18th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233.

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