Saturday, August 19, 2017
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home
- Visitation 1:00 p.m.
- Memorial Service 3:00 p.m.
Zilber Family Hospice
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Mt. Pleasant – Bruce B. Kristopeit, 74, passed away at Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa on Thursday, August 10, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Racine on December 2, 1942, son of the late Oscar and Olive (nee: Blythe) Kristopeit. Soon after graduating from Park High School in 1961, Bruce enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served until 1964. Bruce retired from SC Johnson Wax in 2002 following 36 years of dedicated service.
Bruce enjoyed many hobbies and was a master griller famous for his barbecue chicken. A lifetime athlete he played softball, volleyball, bowling and golf on the SCJ recreational teams. He also enjoyed the outdoors and spent many years hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. After his retirement he regularly played golf and enjoyed road trips to different casinos. His happiest moments were spent grilling out for his friends and family and hosting Packer parties. He lived a full and diverse life and will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Bruce is survived by his daughters; Kim (Paul) Steiner of Mt. Pleasant, and Dawn (Ted )Panka of Silver Lake; his loving companion Gayle Rowlands of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren: Danielle (Adam) Braun, Amanda and Aaron Kristopeit, Samantha Carey, Frank Steiner, Ashley Panka, and Jennifer (Brian) Widmar; great-grandchildren Lilly and Emma; sisters: Sandy (Don) Liesner of Racine, Judy Gregory of New London, and Debra Knotek of San Rafael, California; many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents Bruce was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Jerry Gregory and his niece Lori Liesner.
All are invited to visit with Bruce’s family in the funeral home on Saturday, August 19th from 1pm-3pm. A memorial service will begin at 3pm immediately followed by military honors. In lieu of flowers memorials to Zilber Family Hospice (1155 North Honey Creek Pkwy, Wauwatosa, WI) have been suggested.
Bruce’s family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at the Zilber Family Hospice and Aurora Home Hospice Team for the incredible compassion and care during this difficult time.