Wayne Grosklaus, 75
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. At age 75, Wayne Grosklaus gently passed from the loving and caring arms of his family into His embrace on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.
Wayne leaves behind his soul mate and dearly loved wife, Jean; their beloved children, Christie (Thomas) Wehner and Craig (Deanna) Conaty; and his cherished grandchildren, Aaron and Amelia Wehner and Virginia, Michael and Jack Conaty; brother, John (Carol) Grosklaus; sisters-in- law, Kathleen Maas and Amy (Paul) Carlsen; brothers- in-law, David (Karen) Steckhahn and Mark (Harriet) Steckhahn; uncle, Elroy Maechtle; as well as beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and other dear family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loretta and Harvey Grosklaus, and his brother, LeRoy.
Wayne devoted his life to his wife and found deep joy in being a great friend and supporter of his kids and grandkids, enjoying a very special role with each of them. Wayne was known for his great smile and love of people and his fun sense of humor. He lived life joyfully, giving anything and everything (which he spent a lifetime collecting) to anyone who had need. He will leave an empty spot in our hearts, if not in his garage and barn. He was the staunchest, proudest fan of his grandchildren, always encouraging them and enabling them in their pursuits. “Mr. Wayne” was a proud retiree of St. John Vianney Parish and you were especially lucky if you were one of his treasured, usually lifelong, friends.
Wayne enjoyed his hometown, Grafton, and his many years as the owner of Grafton Beer & Liquor. A lifetime of happy memories was created at his Wolf Lake home, where he welcomed all. Wayne’s special joys, along with family and friends, included classic car restoration, fixing everything and anything and collections of many, many treasures. His passing leaves a great emptiness in the lives of those he loved and who loved him. Special thanks go to the outstanding staff at St.
Luke’s Hospital, especially Dr. Mohammad Mortada, Dr. James Schulgit, Dr. Douglas Lillie and the 11th floor for their tender care of our dad in his final days.
Services were held to celebrate Wayne’s life on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 5:30 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1212 S. 117th St., West Allis. A second visitation was held on Monday, Aug. 31, at Holy Cross Church (St. Isidore the Farmer Parish), 308 S. County W, Mt. Calvary, from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 6 p.m. Private Inurnment. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, St. Isidore the Farmer Parish or the American Heart Association.
“Dad, you always lived your life for us and our children, and because you were such a great presence in our lives, you will be forever loved and remembered.”
Schaff Funeral Home, 5920 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, 414-541-7533, is serving the family.