John A. DeQuardo
July 29, 1933 – June 19, 2012
John A. DeQuardo, a lifelong Waukesha resident, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Seasons Hospice at the age of 78. He was born in Waukesha on July 29, 1933, the son of John J. and Elsie A. nee Ossman) DeQuardo. He proudly served in the United States Army. John worked as a Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy from 1957 until his retirement in 1992. He also worked for the School District of Waukesha for 15 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Waukesha Elks Lodge #400 for 33 years, a 48-year member of the American Legion DJ Martin Post 8 where he was commander of the legion for five years and was the 100% Early Bird winner twice. He attended St. William Catholic Church.
John will be sadly missed by his wife, Karen (nee Murphy-Heinrichs) of Waukesha, whom he married Sept. 25, 1989; his children, Dr. John R. and Karen L. (Coppersmith) DeQuardo of Aurora, Colo., Pamela J. (Thomas W.) Butz of Delafield, Jean M. (Thomas J.) Smith of Hartland and Sarasota, Fla., Kathleen A. (DeQuardo) Wilson of West Allis, Joseph D. DeQuardo of Waukesha and Barbara S. (Peter J.) Stachowski of Mukwonago; step-children, Lynn (Greg) Wall of West Allis, Kathleen Heinrichs of West Allis, Leslie (Ken Wirth) Heinrichs of Fox Point and Michelle (Timothy) King of Middleton; grandchildren, Alyson M. (Nikolas R.) Thompson of Ann Arbor, Mich., Emily A. (Jesse) Dillon of Fort Collins, Colo., Kenneth J. Butz and John J. Butz of Delafield, Eric J. (Allison Fischer) Smith of Hartland, Kyle T., Alex J. Smith, and Andrew J. Smith of Sarasota, Fla., Jennifer L. Wilson and Timothy J. Wilson of West Allis, Kirsten J. DeQuardo and Klaire E. DeQuardo of Waukesha and Matthew C. Stachowski and Morgan L. Stachowski of Mukwonago; step-grandchildren, Derek Julien of Waukesha, Emma King of Middleton and Kenny Wirth and Michael Wirth of Fox Point; and four great-grandchildren, Miles J. Thompson of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dominic D. Dillon of Fort Collins, Colo., and Tessa M. Smith and Makenna L. Smith of Hartland. He is further survived by his sister, Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo (Kathleen Margaret) of Rome, Italy, a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity of Manitowoc. John has one living aunt, Angeline Ossman of Orangeburg, S.C., along with many, many cousins, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his baby brother, Donald J. DeQuardo.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7:30 p.m. Elks Lodge of Sorrow Service on Monday, June 25, followed by the parish vigil service at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue Tuesday, June 26, beginning with prayers at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. followed by a procession to St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, for the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass. The Rev. Curt Frederick will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
If desired, memorials are appreciated to Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.