Todd Alan Schlender
May 30, 1959 — March 6, 2015
Todd Alan Schlender, of Mukwonago and Fort Myers, Fla., passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the age of 55. He was born on May 30, 1959, in Milwaukee, the son of Frederick “Gus” W. and Violet L. (Rohde) Schlender.
Todd attended New Berlin Eisenhower High School and graduated from East Troy High School in 1977. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha in commercial art from 1977 until 1979. Todd started his career at Wisconsin Oven Corp. in East Troy, working his way up to become CEO and chairman of the board for over 27 years, until his retirement in March 2005.
In retirement, he was the owner of Blank — Men’s Jewelry and Gifts, and most recently VP of client services at Lakes Business Group, Inc. He was a member and retired board member of Merrill Hills Country Club from December 2006 to November 2010, member of the Plantation Country Club in Fort Myers, and member of the Lake Beulah Yacht Club.
Todd loved to golf and enjoyed competitive golf championships in Wisconsin and Florida. Todd enjoyed every lake sport for every season of the year. He and Patti continued his love of Lake Beulah, where they bought a house that together they made into a home, where life and holidays were celebrated with family and close friends. One of Todd’s greatest passions was cooking, enjoying wines, imported beers, and pairing them with his delicious creations.
Todd was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey.
He will be deeply missed by his fiancée, Patti Nolan; his four-legged friend, Auggie; his parents, Gus and Vi; his sister, Jacalyn Skelton; Jody (Scott), Jamey (Sharon), Christopher, Nathan (Julie) and Jessica (Cleo); six great-nieces and nephews; Patti’s family: mom Betty; sisters Mary Beth (Don), Jackie (Mike), Kim (Richie) and Terri (Joe); nieces and nephews, Jack, Paige, Rachel, Nolan, Carley, Alexis and Ahna; and other relatives and many friends.
The visitation for Todd will be held on Sunday, March 15, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 2:00 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha, WI 53072. Interment will be held at Highland Memorial Park, New Berlin, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 (meet in front of the cemetery office).
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated for a charity to be determined at a later date.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.