James E. Brushel

April 14, 1941 — Nov. 10, 2014

James Edward Brushel, 73, of San Antonio, Fla., entered into eternal life on Monday Nov. 10, 2014. Jim died at the Florida Hospital of unknown causes. Jim had been battling some unknown infection for a couple of months.

Jim was born on April 14, 1941, in Milwaukee. He was preceded by parents Ruth Engl (Hayes) and George Engl. Jim is survived by Ann (Gerard) Brushel, his wife of 54 years. Jim graduated from West Division High School. Several years after high school, Jim was hired at A.O. Smith and served there for 32 years before he retired from A.O. Smith. Jim’s retirement started off with an awesome 10-day trip to Israel with his church family. He also filled in at Dependable Auto Shop here and there. Jim worked hard, provided for his family, and helped raise three girls.

He is survived by his three daughters, Susan (Glen) Arnold, Mary Radtke, and Jane Laitsch, and by his eight grandchildren: Joshua Radtke, Nicole Bartkowiak, Jenna, Lilly, Justin Radtke, Jessica Radtke, Laura Laitsch, Tyler Arnold, and Ryan Laitsch; and is further survived by his nine great-grandchildren: Kayla Buelow, Kaden Bartkowiak, Makenzie Bartkowiak, Dominic Bartkowiak, Garrett Self, Grant Self, Katherine Laughlin, Leah Laughlin, and Gabe Radtke. He also is survived by siblings Gloria (Wally) Musil and George Engl. Jim was preceded by brother Samuel Brushel, and sister Nancy Moniachi.

Jim was a real social bug, a people person. He made an impression with everyone he met. He made people laugh, and smile. Jim was a jokester, always showing his family and friends his humorous side. He was a great storyteller, sharing spooky stories around the campfire as a tradition when his kids, and grandkids came to visit his place “up north” in the Crivitz area. Jim was a believer later in life and was baptized in Jesus’ name on Sept. 20, 2009, and was a child of God growing to know his Lord.

A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha (on the corner of highways J and JJ, four blocks south of I-94), from 5:00 p.m. until the memorial service at 7:00 p.m.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” — 2 Timothy 4:7