Charles Thomas Bradburn, 93

Charles Thomas Bradburn of Cedarburg entered into eternal life with our Lord on Aug. 11, 2012, at age 93.

Charlie was born to Charles Roth Bradburn and Elizabeth Becker Bradburn in Cedarburg on Feb. 10, 1919. After graduating from Cedarburg High School, he attended Purdue University. In 1941 he graduated from Purdue with a degree in electrical engineering and was hired by Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co.

During his early years at Allis-Chalmers, he attended Columbia University where he participated in the developmental research for the Manhattan Project. Later he retired with 40 years of employment.

Charlie married Patricia Gehl on Nov. 22, 1945. They met on a blind date arranged by their sisters. Charlie and Pat raised their five children here where the family enjoyed Cedarburg’s historic traditions and cultural events.

Continuing a family tradition of service to the Cedarburg Light & Water Utility, Charlie succeeded his father as a commissioner to the municipal utility in August 1951. Recently Charlie retired from the Cedarburg Light & Water Utility where he served as president and vice- president for many years. With his 60 years of continuous service, he was one of the longest- serving municipal utility commissioners in the history of our country. His leadership and many contributions to public power have been recognized by American Public Power Association, Wisconsin Public Power Inc., and Municipal Electrical Utilities of Wisconsin.

He was a lifelong member of Saint Francis Borgia Church. His contributions to the parish included membership on the parish council and Saint Vincent DePaul Society; in addition to enjoying usher duties at the Saturday evening Mass. Since he was fond of reading and current events, he enthusiastically directed family discussions.

Charlie will always be remembered for his faithful service to his church, family and community.

He was the loving husband of the late Patricia (nee Gehl); the beloved father of Mary Pat Burkel, Ellen (John) Frisch, Charles L. (Patricia), Mark (Kim) and Ann (John) Bradburn-Oates; dear grandfather of John (Kristin) Frisch, David Frisch, Charles J. (Marian) Bradburn, Margaret Frisch, Mark J. Bradburn, Michael T. (Gretchen) Bradburn, Ben Burkel, Christopher (Tracy) Bradburn, Andrew Bradburn, Katherine Bradburn and Daniel Oates; dear great-grandfather of Kyle, Anna, Ella, Christopher and Molly; and dear brother of Elizabeth Bradburn.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James A. Bradburn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, Aug.16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia South Catholic Church, N44 W6055 Hamilton Road, Cedarburg. Burial will follow at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery, Mequon. Visitation will be held at the church today, Aug. 16, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and was also held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Cedarburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Francis Borgia Church or St.

Vincent DePaul are appreciated. For online condolences please visit

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.