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Forrest R. Braatz
Service: March 11, 2012
Forrest R. Braatz
Forrest R. Braatz, 89, a resident of Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown, formerly of Rothschild, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 7, 2012.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Schofield on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at
2 p.m. with the Rev. Walter Davidson officiating.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be directed to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Schofield or to the charity of one’s choice.
Forrest Russell was born in Wausau on April 2, 1922, son of Arnold and Marie (Kroehn) Braatz. He was a 1941 graduate of Wausau High School. Forrest was a veteran of World War II with Company A, the First Combat Battalion and the First Army Division. He served on Omaha Beach on D-Day, was in North Africa, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and Remagen Bridgehead. Forrest was honored with the Bronze Star.
On June 22, 1946, Forrest married Antje Achterberg at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Schofield.
He was employed at Weyerhauser Corporation for 39 years as an Electrician. Forrest was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown and a former member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Schofield, where he served on the church council, the finance committee, the building and grounds committee and served as an usher. He was also a member of the VFW Post #318 Von II in Wausau. Forrest served 38 years as a volunteer fireman and EMT with the Rothschild Fire Department. He had enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing and woodworking. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica at Marquardt Memorial Manor.
Survivors include his wife, Antje Braatz of Watertown; his daughter, Stephanie (Rev. James) Werner of Watertown; two grandchildren, Heather (Greg) Hohenstern of Blaine, MN and Matthew (Ashley) Werner of Oshkosh; two great-grandchildren, Ella Hohenstern and Caden Hohenstern; a brother-in-law, Bernard Hoffman of Wausau, as well as other relatives and friends.
Forrest was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Ruby Hoffman and Joyce Adams.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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