Alfred A. ‘Al’ Bublitz


July 4, 1919 - Nov. 4, 2012


Alfred A. “Al” Bublitz, 93, of Hartford, went to his heavenly home Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at the Harvest Home in West Bend, surrounded by his family. Al was born July 4, 1919, in the Town of Polk, Washington County, the son of William and Edna (nee Schwanz) Bublitz.


He graduated from Slinger High School in 1936. Alfred served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from May 1944 to February 1946. He was united in marriage to Fern Derge on Aug. 4, 1945, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in the Town of Herman, Dodge County. He worked as a toolmaker at the West Bend Co., Chrysler Outboard and the Bayliner Co. in Hartford for more than 40 years, being the longest continually employed person when he retired. Al was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and sang in the choir for more than 30 years. He was on the building committee for the new church and school and was on the stewardship committee for many years. He also served on both the church council and the school board. He helped start the Pioneer Program at Peace Lutheran, of which he was a leader for more than 30 years, serving as a district leader and on the National Council. He looked forward to his bowling league Friday nights at Dave’s Lanes in Hartford. He was also an instructor for the Moraine Park Technical College in Hartford. In his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and made many wood gifts for his children and grandchildren. During that time, he also enjoyed volunteering for the Hartford Auto Museum for more than 20 years.


He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Fern Bublitz of Hartford; his five children, Daniel Bublitz of Cedarburg, Janis (the Rev. Jerome) Enderle of Dix Hill, N.Y., James Bublitz of Reeseville, Elaine Knack of West Bend and Kenneth (Missy) Bublitz of Shorewood, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one more soon to join the family; two sisters, Ruth Bublitz of West Bend and Marion (Walter) Muller of Copperas Cove, Texas; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Dorothy “Dotti” Justman; son-in-law, Roger Justman; grandson, Japheth Justman; two brothers, Edwin (Doris) Bublitz and Fred (Mary) Bublitz; sister-in-law, Elvira (John) Schlitt; and brother-in-law, Delmar (Viola) Derge.


The family would like to extend a special thanks to Seasons Hospice, Gardens of Hartford and the caregivers at the Harvest Home in West Bend.


Visitation for Alfred will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Peace Lutheran Church, 1001 Center St., Hartford, WI 53027, with the Revs. Jerome and Jeffrey Enderle officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford following the service.


If desired, memorials may be made in Alfred A. Bublitz’s name to Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford (address above).


Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message, please visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com