Bruce E. Gengler,
E. Gengler, 64, of Hartford, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2014,
at his home, surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with
pancreatic cancer and lung cancer. He was born on Jan. 30, 1950, in
Milwaukee, the son of Alois and Elsie (Fameree) Gengler. Bruce was
united in marriage to Cynthia Kathryn Krahn on May 23, 1970, at St.
Hubert Catholic Church in Hubertus.
He honorably served in the U.S. Army, 11th Finance Section of the
Seventh Army, serving as a financial disbursement specialist. Bruce was
stationed in Mannheim/Heidelburg, Germany, from 1970-72. After his
discharge he was employed by the West Bend Company, which later was part
of Focus Products Group. He was employed by the same company for 43
Bruce was a member of the West Bend Company Twenty-five Year Club. He
retired in December 2012. Bruce enjoyed playing softball with a loyal
group of buddies. He also enjoyed bowling for many years. Bruce loved
following the Brewers and the Packers. He was deeply proud of his five
children and delighted in his grandchildren. Bruce was empathic and
compassionate and was gifted with a great laugh and quick wit. He loved
to tell stories and had committed to memory old baseball players from
the 1950s along with interesting facts and statistics about them. Bruce
had an impressive baseball card collection and record collection. Bruce
attended St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School in Milwaukee and St.
Boniface School in Germantown. He graduated from Germantown High School
in Germantown. Bruce was a member of St. Kilian Catholic Parish since
1978. He was a stable presence, a kind soul and protector of his family.
Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Alois Gengler. He is survived
by his wife of 43 years; five children, Erica (Terry) Evraets, Traci
(Ralph Bowser) Gengler, Dan (Kelly) Gengler, Jessica (Jim) Kriehn and
Sarah Gengler; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is
further survived by his mother, Elsie Gengler, and two brothers, Al
(Sally) Gengler and Kenny (Sandy) Gengler along with one sister, Emmy
(Jeff Kreuser) Gengler. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and
cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from noon-2 p.m.
at Kilian Catholic Church, 264 W. State St., Hartford. Mass of
Resurrection will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Timothy
Bickel and Deacon Robert Riedl officiating. Interment will be at St.
Kilian Cemetery, Hartford.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home is serving the family.