Walter J. ‘Wally’ Wachowitz III

Dec. 6, 1956 – March 28, 2014

Walter J. “Wally” Wachowitz III passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the age of 58.

Wally was born in Waukesha on December 6, 1955, and lived and attended school in Baraboo. He loved to bowl, winning several gold medals in the Special Olympics, and also ride his horse. Wally was a huge Elvis fan and he traveled to Graceland. He also enjoyed traveling the United States with special groups of friends from Baraboo.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Walter J. and Elsie (nee Lloyd) Wachowitz Jr.; aunt, June K. Piza; uncle, Stanley J. Piza; cousin, Kathy A. Vick; brother-in-law, Craig E. Bear Sr.; niece, Kristin L Bear; nephew, John W. Collins; and foster parent, Donald Wolterstoff.

He is survived by his loving sisters, Mary Wachowitz Bear and Jill Wachowitz Collins; niece, Betsy (Tim) Bear Hoff; nephews, Craig (Heather) Bear Jr., Noah (Jennifer) Collins and Matthew (Gina Maniaci) Collins; great-nieces, Jaryn I. Bear, Natalie N. Bear, Nessa R. Bear, Lila P. Collins and Violet F. Collins; great-nephews, Quinn P. Collins, Enzo A. Collins, Damian P. Collins and Cameron E. Bear; cousins, Stacy (Matt) Vick Wirth and Adam J. Wirth; and his foster mother, Shirley Wolterstoff.

The family would like to thank the Wolterstoff family and the staffs at Reedsburg Medical Center and the REM Wisconsin group home for the extraordinary care given to Wally over time.

Private family services will be held in Waukesha.

He will be laid to rest with his parents at St. Joseph Cemetery in Waukesha. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Reedsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Wally’s name are appreciated to the Special Olympics of Wisconsin, 2310 Crossroads Drive, Suite 1000, Madison, WI 53718, or at

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family.

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