Russell F. Moratz, 97

Russell F. Moratz, 97, was welcomed home by the Lord on July 7, 2016. He was born March 7, 1919, in Hartford, the son of the late Henry and Laura (Heintz) Moratz Sr.

He graduated from St. Kilian School in 1933 and Hartford High School in 1936. He received his teaching diploma from the Dodge County Normal School (Mayville) in 1938.

Russell served in the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942-45 in the European Theater of Operations. He served as personal secretary to the regimental commander at the regimental headquarters division in London.

He graduated from Oshkosh State Teacherís College in 1948 with a B.S. in elementary education. He received his MA in education administration from the University of Minnesota in 1957 and an MA in librarianship from Denver University in 1963.

He spent two years working with the American Dependent Schools in Austria in the Salzburg area, the second year as principal.

He spent 15 years as a junior-high teacher in the Beaver Dam School System.

He was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional educational society, and the national organization. He was also a member of the UW-Whitewater Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary society, as well as the national organization.

For many years he was a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters and the Wisconsin Library Association. He was a charter and life member of the Friends of the Harold Andersen Library, UW-Whitewater.

Russell retired from UW-Whitewater with the rank of Emeritus Associate Professor of Library Science, where he was employed for 14 years.

He was a member and volunteer of the Washington County Historical Society.

He was a lifelong member of St. Kilianís Church, a life member of Hartford VFW Post 8834, and a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus, Hartford Council 2689, for more than 50 years.

A special thank you to the following people who made Russellís life more pleasant in his later years: Martha Sheridan, Monica Bartley, Sister Eileen Brynda and Sue Bird.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Henry Moratz Jr.; one sister, Eunice Lehner; sister-in-law, Arlene Moratz; and brother-in-law, George Lehner. An older brother died in infancy. He is survived by one sister-in-law, Charlotte Moratz, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, at St. Kilianís Catholic Church in Hartford. Visitation will be held from1:30 p.m. until time of Mass. Interment will be at the old St. Kilian Cemetery in Hartford, following the Mass.

Memorials to the Washington County Historical Society are appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family: 262-673-9500 or www.shimonfuneralhome.com.