Nicolas Richard Terrones, 31
Nicolas Richard Terrones, 31, of Grafton, passed away peacefully at
his home on Feb. 22, 2011, with his loving wife and family at his
side, after a long and valiant battle with brain cancer.
He was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 8, 1980, to Richard and Mary Ann
Stien Terrones. Nicolas attended St. Veronica grade school and
graduated from St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee in 1998. He
was a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Refueling Wing
and a volunteer firefighter for the city of St. Francis. He was also
a longtime dedicated employee of Karl’s Event Services in Oak Creek.
Nicolas married the love of his life, Dana Schroeder, on Oct. 14,
2006, at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
Nicolas was a lover of everything outdoors. He enjoyed camping and
making “Mountain Goodness” for family and friends brave enough to
join him. He was always one to join his dad and brother-in-law in
grilling activities and his wife in the yard work. At bedtime, he
would strap on his head lamp and read the Harry Potter series,
Repairman Jack series, or any other great fiction novel. He enjoyed
watching and cheering on Marquette basketball, Brewers baseball, and
More than anything Nicolas enjoyed spending time with his family.
Nights eating tortillas, beans, rice and pork chops at Ma and Pa
Terrones’ house were a frequent family get-together. Sunday breakfast
at Conejitos with anyone who was up for it was a favorite weekend
activity. Nicolas’ far too brief stay here on earth has left, and
will continue to leave, a hole in the hearts of everyone who have
He is survived by his wife, Dana; daughters, Emma Trahan and Eleanor;
parents, Richard and Mary Ann of Milwaukee; sisters, Heather (Phil)
Kleiboer of Brooklyn, Wis., Regina (Tim) Kenney of Shorewood and
Jolene of Oregon, Wis.; paternal grandparents, Jesse and Bernalda
Terrones of New Berlin; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Melissa and
Jason Burchardt of Waukesha; nephews, Cole and Cameron Kleiboer,
Colin Gavin and Nolan Kenney, Collin and Miles Burchardt; father-in-
law and mother-in-law, Ray and Diane Schroeder of Cedarburg; and
numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends.
Nicolas was preceded into eternal life by his maternal grandparents,
Bert and Martha Stien; his dear Uncle Jim Stien; and other family and
friends who loved him.
A special thanks to all of the staff at the University of Wisconsin
Hospital in Madison for the exceptional care they gave Nicolas. The
family is especially grateful to Dr. Ian Robbins and Dr. Steven
Howard for their dedication in fighting Nic’s tumor with the same
perseverance and aggression as Nic did. We would also like to thank
the Aurora Visiting Nurses Association; especially Mellissa, Jill,
Judy and John for their kindness, warmth and tender care these past
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 26, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge
Road, Cedarburg, with Father Dan Janasik officiating. A visitation
will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a prayer
service at 7 p.m., at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington
Ave., Cedarburg, and also on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 11
a.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. Francis Borgia Parish
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the educational fund
of Emma and Eleanor. Online condolences may be left at
Eernisse Funeral Home is serving the family.