Thomas F. Pabst, 64

Thomas F. Pabst of Grafton passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, 2013, at Lighthouse of West Bend. He was 64 years old.

Tom was born Dec. 25, 1948, in Milwaukee, the son of Raymond and Evelyn Stowasser Pabst. After school, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1972. For 30 years, he worked as a metal fabricator at Super Steel in northern Milwaukee.

On July 28, 1990, he was united in marriage with Cathy Swanson in Mequon. Tomís wife, Cathy Swanson, was formerly married and went by Cathy Rudie. Swanson is her maiden name. Together, the couple made their home in Grafton, where Tom was a member at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Tom was fascinated with learning about history, the military and the presidents, and took a particular interest in the Civil War, John Adams and Richard Nixon. He enjoyed reading, nature and taking walks. He will be remembered for the laughter he brought wherever he went, with his sharp wit and mischievous humor.

Tom is survived by his wife, Cathy; stepson, Richard Rudie, both of Grafton; and mother-in-law, Sylvia (Al Petajan) Winebrenner of Kewaunee. He is further survived by his sister, Kathy (Daniel) Zeh of Saukville; brother, Kenneth (Carol) Pabst of Menomonee Falls; sister- in-law, Connie (Greg) Boldt of Oshkosh; brother-in-law, Joel (Myrna) Swanson of Moncks Corner, S.C.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimerís Association. The family would like to thank Lighthouse of West Bend and Seasons Hospice for their outstanding care.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at