Edmond ‘Ned’ J. Vaklyes Jr.

March 19, 1953 – April 26, 2013

Attorney Edmond “Ned” J. Vaklyes Jr. of Waukesha passed away unexpectedly Friday, April 26, 2013, at home at the age of 60. He was born March 19, 1953, in Wilmington, Del., the son of Edmond and Marjorie (Nuding) Vaklyes.

Ned was a 1975 graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. On July 23, 1977, Ned was united in marriage to the former Karen E. Iwersen. He attended Marquette University Law School, graduating in 1978.

Ned passed the State Bar Exam in May of 1978 and immediately began practicing law with John Buckley in the Associated Bank building on Sunset Drive. Over the years, he practiced law with many other attorneys until he joined Congdon, Ward and Walden as a partner. In 2000, the firm changed to Walden, Schuster and Vaklyes, where he had been a partner there until the present. Ned practiced law in Waukesha County, Milwaukee County and throughout southeastern Wisconsin, specializing in probate and trust administration, estate planning, including wills, trusts, health care and financial powers of attorney, medical assistance, Title XIX, guardianships and protective placement, real estate, and elder law. Ned always placed his clients’ needs first, employing a practical problem- solving approach.

Ned was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association – Real Estate Section, Probate & Trust Law Section, Elder Law Section, Tax Law Section. He was also a member of the Waukesha County Bar Association, Probate Section, Real Estate Section, the Milwaukee County Bar Association, the Waukesha County Probate Court, Bench/Bar Committee, a past board member of Interfaith Caregiving Network Board of Directors, president 2004-2005, Advisory Council chair since 2006, Interfaith Senior Programs, past board member of the Visiting Nurses Association Board of Directors, past board member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Board of Directors, and past board member of the Waukesha West High School Booster Club Board of Directors.

Ned loved the outdoors, especially fishing, boating, scuba diving, grilling out and parties at the lake cottage.

Surviving Ned is his loving wife of 35 years, Karen; sons, Edmond “Joe” (Molly) Vaklyes III of Brookfield, Erik “Jason” (Harriet) Vaklyes of Dallas and Andrew “A.J.” Vaklyes of Madison. Also surviving are his sisters, Carol (Patrick) Hahn of Naperville, Ill., and Nancy (Mike) Eddy of Ormond Beach, Fla.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Marie Iwersen of Seattle.

Ned is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives, many dear friends and colleagues.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The visitation for Ned will be held from 1 p.m. until the 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial today, May 1, at St.

Mary’s Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Howard Haase will be officiating.

Interment will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery (please meet at the cemetery).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Ned may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church (see address above); Interfaith Senior Programs, 210 NW Barstow St., Suite 101, Waukesha, WI 53188; American Heart Association, 660 E. Mason St., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53202; or to NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) of Waukesha, 217 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 411, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Cesarz, Charapata, & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit