Willard T. Nielsen

June 4, 1931 – May 28, 2012

Lifelong Waukesha resident Willard T. Nielsen died Monday, May 28, 2012, at Waukesha Springs Health & Rehabilitation Center at the age of 80. He was born June 4, 1931, the son of Antone and Dorothea (nee Owens) Nielsen.

Willard lived on the family farm on Lawnsdale Road helping with the farm work until moving into the city of Waukesha in 1966. He worked for many years as a mason’s helper for various local mason contractors. Willard was always very eager to help anyone he could and enjoyed many friendships over the years, especially with his dear friend Sue James. Willard was a longtime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by a sister in-law, Louise Nielsen of Black River Falls, and a brother-in-law, William Gregware of Virginia. He is further survived by his nieces and nephews, Russell (Leslie) Nielsen, Debra Nielsen, Barbara (Gregory) Zoellick, Michael (Barb) Gregware, Tom (Sandra) Gregware, Jim (Betty) Gregware, Vicki (Bill) Gregware, Mary (Jeff) Ewing and Patrick (Johnny) Gregware, and several grandnieces and grandnephews and great-grandnieces and - nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James, Robert “Bobbie” and Richard; his sister, Dorothy Gregware; and a niece, Sue Noben.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 4:30 p.m. funeral service Friday, June 1, at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin. Please meet at the cemetery entrance.

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.