Thomas E. ‘Tommy’ Tietyen

April 17, 1944 — July 11, 2014

Thomas E. ‘Tommy’ TietyenThomas “Tommy” Elben Tietyen went to heaven unexpectedly on July 11, 2014, at the age of 70. He was the much beloved husband for nearly 50 years of Audrey (nee Kien) Tietyen; father of Gael Lynn (Jeff) Fulcer of Milwaukee; and loving grandpa of Brittany Leigh and Abigail Anne Fulcer. He is also survived by his brother, David (Yvonne) Tietyen; sister, Deborah (Thomas) Serafin of Olathe, Kansas; nephew, David Kien; niece, Katelyn Serafin; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-laws Steven (Nydia) Kien of New Berlin and Jerilyn Kien of Milwaukee. He is further survived by many relatives, friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elben and Viola (nee Rehfeld) Tietyen; step-mother, Ruth Tietyen; and brother-in-law, Robert Kien.

Tom was born in Milwaukee on April 17, 1944, was a graduate of South Division High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He proudly served in the Army Security Agency for six years and honored his country and flag throughout his life.

He worked at Ameritech for over 36 years, retiring from his engineering position in 1999. Tom then worked for the Medical College of Wisconsin for seven years, retiring in 2007.

Tom’s passions in life were hot air ballooning and woodworking. He was a member of the Greendale Lions Club and was a past board member of the Greendale Friends of Music. Tom was a proud member of the Telephone Pioneers and would repair Talking Books for the blind once a week in Pewaukee. He loved his family and was very attached to his two wonderful granddaughters. Tom will forever be remembered for his smile. He was a devout Christian, attending Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, and is now resting in the arms of his savior.

The visitation for Tom will take place on Saturday, July 19, from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the 1:00 P.M. memorial service at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2016 Center Road, Waukesha, WI 53189. Military honors will take place following the service. The Rev. Jay McDivitt will be officiating.

Memorials in Tom’s name are appreciated to the family.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit or call 262-542-6609.