Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Walter A. Braatz

Walter A. Braatz, 92, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at Harmony Assisted Living of Racine.

Walter was born in Tigerton, WI, to the late August and Emma (nee: Magadanz) Braatz on December 12, 1919. He was united in marriage to Evelyn (nee: Petak) on May 29, 1948, at Grace Lutheran Church in Racine.

Walter had been a longtime farmer at Braatz Acres and also a shop worker for Hamilton Beach for 26 years until his retirement in 1968. Wally was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and farmer, and was a long-time vendor at 7 Mile Fair and various farmer’s markets. He also belonged to the Racine/Kenosha Beekeepers.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Evie; sisters, Martha Schaub and Dorcas Hammer; brother-in-law, Bob Petak; and sisters-in-law Elaine (Irv) Bullette and Fritzie Braatz; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, especially Barbara and George Godlewski and Gary Buchholz.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Irv; sister, Irene; brothers-in-law, Frank Hammer, Larry (Bessie) Petak, and Bernie Schaub; and sisters-in-law, Ginny Petak and Marcia Fuller.

Funeral services in honor of Wally will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Randal Poppe and Rev. Thomas Chryst officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Private interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine 262-634-3361

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