Benjamin J. Brecke,
Brecke, of Saukville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 15,
2013. He was 27 years old. Ben was born in Milwaukee on April 14, 1986,
the youngest son of Howard Brecke and Joan Gasner Brecke. Ben grew up in
Saukville and graduated from Port Washington High School with the class
of 2004. Ben was working toward a degree in environmental sciences at
the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was an active member of St.
Peterís United Church of Christ in Saukville participating in the
churches music ministry.
Ben loved the outdoors and nature. He could often times be found hiking
at the Lionís Den Gorge in Grafton, cross-country skiing or sitting
around a campfire in his backyard looking over Peninsula Park in
Saukville. Ben was known for being extremely compassionate. He also gave
the best hugs!
Ben is survived by his parents, Howard and Joan of Saukville; and his
two brothers, Matthew (Michelle) Brecke of Port Washington and Andrew
Brecke of Cascade. He is further survived by his special niece and
nephews, Evan, Brodie and Hannah; and his aunts and uncles, Linda
(Elmer) Miller of Plymouth, Bill (Judy) Gasner of West Bend, Frank
(Connie) Gasner of Kewaskum, Susie (Charles) Feathers of Cassopolis,
Mich., Elizabeth (William) Yetter of Westminster, Colo., Mary Brecke of
Hurley, Paula (James) Gardner of Hurley, Charles (Jody) Ulczycki of
Williams Bay, and Jill (the late Marty) Brecke of Chicago; and other
relatives and many, many friends. He is preceded in death by his
grandparents Frank and Dorothy Gasner, Guy and Barbara Brecke and his
uncles Joseph and Marty Brecke.
A memorial service celebrating Benís life will take place on Thursday,
Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peterís United Church of Christ, 166 W.
Dekora St., Saukville with the Rev. Brian Damrow officiating. A time of
gathering will take place at the church on Thursday, Aug. 22 from
In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Riveredge Nature Center, 4458
Hawthorne Drive, Saukville WI 53080 or St. Peterís United Church of
Christ in Saukville.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington is honored to serve the
family. Online condolences may be left at