William Hargarten Jr., 92, peacefully died on the morning of May 21, by the love of his wife of 70 years, Joan, and his children, his childrenís spouses and many of his grandchildren. From early in and throughout his life, William found his truth with his wife, family and the Catholic faith.
William was an exemplary salesman, informed with a degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. After transitioning from several sales positions in the 1950s, he, along with two friends, established the North American Clutch Corp in an outbuilding on a farm outside of Cedarburg. He transformed this manufacturing corporation into a successful family business now led and managed by two of his sons.
William greatly enjoyed riding trains and long car rides. He relished in beating his grandchildren in cribbage and playing sheepshead and bridge with just about anyone. He deeply loved music, singing, gardening, history, reading, bread making, and the Packers.
William served in the Navy in World War II and deeply loved his country.
He had many model naval ships and loved to take ocean cruises.
All along his life, he was boundlessly optimistic, generous and committed: a devoted husband, brother, uncle, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Hargarten (Knoernschild); his eight children and their spouses, Michael (Kathleen), Stephen, (Janis Cohn), William, (Julie Ann), Daniel (Christine), Thomas, (Mary), Anita (Henry Krier), Jeffery (Vivian) and Katherine (Greg Moroder); 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
We are all so proud to have known him and to have been a part of his life.
We wish to thank the outstanding health care team at Froedtert for their extraordinary support during Williamís final hours. We wish to thank the Visiting Angels for their wondrous steadfast care.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 26, at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah, from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon, followed by committal services at St. Joan of Arc Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to St. Joan of Arc Parish School or Friends of Sarnelli House.
Becker Ritter Funeral Home of Brookfield is serving the family, 262-782-5330.
"I am good tired and Iím ready to be taken away"ó My Grandfather, Harry Chapin, 1981.