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Karl Joseph Pietsch, of Wausau, passed away at his home on Oct. 31, 2017, his 94th birthday. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Lucie Pietsch; 5 children, Wolfgang Pietsch, Claudia Carlson, Renate Wisniewski (Ray), Christopher Pietsch (Kathy) and Andrew Pietsch; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Karl was born in Villingen, Black Forest in Germany, to Berta and Karl Pietsch. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Bertl. Karl was a member of the German Navy prior to coming to the United States with his son, Wolfgang, in 1954. Germany, his homeland, always remained in his heart and on his mind, but it was a proud day when he became an American Citizen. In Rockford, Illinois, he met the love of his life, Lucie, who had recently come from Germany, as well. They soon married and started their lives together. In his working years, Karl worked in sales and later as a district manager.

“Opi” as he was known to his family, was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, boating and camping at Clear Lake and Lake Madeline and fostered a love of those activities in his family. Karl loved playing and listening to music of all kinds and brightened the hearts of many with his harmonica and accordion playing. He cared about all animals, especially his cat “Sunshine”. He also got great enjoyment out of feeding and watching the outside animals. Karl was an avid reader and historian. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 11:00 am at The Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Wausau. Visitation will take place from 10:00 until the time of the service. Lunch will follow the service.

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  1. Helmut Muerling

    11/01/2017 at 1:14 pm

    Eine Stimme, die vertraut war, schweigt.
    Ein Mensch der immer da war, ist nicht mehr.
    Was bleibt , sind dankbare Erinnerungen,
    die niemand nehmen kann.

    Tief empfundenes Beileid
    Christa und Helmut Muerling aus Komotau (Chomutov)

  2. Petra Béguelin

    11/01/2017 at 1:14 pm

    My dear Karl, I miss you so much. Never I will forget you and you will have a big place in my heart, for every time in my live. In Love Petra

  3. Cassandra Linke

    11/01/2017 at 1:14 pm

    I am so very to hear of Karl’s passing! I was one of the caregivers at the Gardens. I really enjoyed seeing him on a daily basis, listening to his stories and listening to him play the piano. Sending my thoughts & prayers to the entire Pietsch family.

  4. Christa McCarten

    11/01/2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thinking of you Chris and your family; wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember your dad’s remarkable life. Godspeed Mr. Pietsch

  5. Mike Tatro

    11/01/2017 at 1:14 pm

    Karl was a great Man. He was a family friend, and he actually worked for a small business that My Wife and I own for a while. His work was always perfect, and he never had a complaint about any of his working conditions etc…..A very pleasant man who always had two things: A. A story to tell, and B. A Smile on His Face!……….He will be missed by All. R.I.P. Karl – God Bless You & Your Family! Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

  6. bill and barb

    11/01/2017 at 1:14 pm

    Dear friends……we send all of our love and prayers to you all. Know we care and are so sorry we will not be with you to celebrate Karl’s life. Hope by the time you read this we will have talked. xxoo Bill and Barb