March 18, 1930 – February 10, 2019
Born in West Allis, Wisconsin
Resided in New Berlin, Wisconsin
Born to Eternal life on February 10, 2019 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Arline (nee Schomer) for 58 blessed years. Loving father of Carl (Barbara), Linda (John) Gingras, Karin (Rick) Nacker, Diane (Todd) Swenson and Robin (Dan) Kennedy. Cherished grandpa of Tyler, Kaylee, Eric, Alissa, Madi, Graci, Libbi, Steven (Vanessa), Michael, Ethan, Eoin and Aidan. He is also survived by his brothers, Jerry and Sylvester “Sal”, his sister Violet, great-grandchildren Zaria, Aurora and Ayden, and many other relatives and friends. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Marcella Strasser, and siblings Lawrence “Bones”, James “Jimmy”, Esther and Marlene.
Tony was born on March 18, 1930 in West Allis. He was a competitive athlete during his teen years; he played soccer, football, baseball and basketball while attending Central High School. On November 26, 1960 he married Arline Joan Schomer, the love of his life for 58 years. Together they raised one son, Carl and four daughters, Linda, Karin, Diane and Robin.
Tony was a devoted Catholic; a proud and passionate believer through and through. He committed his life to his faith first, then his family and finally his trains! He enjoyed everything about them and shared his enthusiasm with all who he encountered. He built an incredible model train in his home complete with country side, cities and rail yards. His son worked side by side with him to set up the elaborate switch board station. It was a truly sight to see!
Tony worked many years in his family’s small business called Ace Flower Pot Company in all facets of the operation, along with his brothers and father. Later in life, he earned his Journeyman Mechanic’s certification and established his own maintenance service. He was the loyal and trustworthy handyman for many businesses and residences around the Milwaukee area for decades.
Tony will always be remembered for his strong faith, dedication to family and highly competitive spirit. He was a huge sports fan and tried his best to be at every one of his children and grandchildren’s events. You could always hear Tony cheering from the stands!
A Latin Mass will be held on Thursday February 14, 2019 at St. Stanislaus Church 524 W. Historic Mitchell St Milwaukee, WI 53204 beginning at 9am with the Holy Rosary, followed by the funeral mass at 9:30am. There is no visitation. Interment will be held at a later date at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove.
A memorial fund will be established for the restoration of St. Stanislaus Church. Flowers may be sent to Witkowiak Funeral Home, 529 W. Historic Mitchell St. Milwaukee, WI 53204.