Donald J. “Gramps” Kaiser, age 76, of Hudson, WI, died on October 21, 2021 at his home in Hudson, surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born on May 23, 1945 in Milwaukee, WI to Alfred and Anna (Palokonis) Kaiser. He grew up in Cudahy, WI and graduated from Don Bosco High School, the class of 1963. He attended the Milwaukee Institute of Technology and was a proud member of the Alpha Nu Beta Fraternity. He was united in marriage to Barbara Novak on May 8, 1971, and they would be blessed with two children: Katie and Sally.
For over 22 years, Don worked for Sears in visual merchandising and advertising. After a career change, he worked for Excell Machine & Tool, an injection mold shop, in design and engineering for 10 years, and later with a luxury garage door manufacturer in design and engineering for 5 years. He eventually retired in 2010.
Don was very active and dedicated to St. Patrick Catholic Church for many years, as a member of the choir, participating in various small groups, leading confirmation classes, and serving as eucharistic minister. His family, especially his grandchildren, were his pride and joy and he adored attending all of their sporting events and activities. He was fond of fishing trips to Northern Wisconsin and was an avid wine lover and maker.
Don is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; children: Katie (Steve) Weis and Sally (Dan) Hilsgen; grandchildren, Isaiah Rolli and Anna Rolli; sisters: Gerry Prusak, Janet (Wayne) Jessup, and Millie Croson; brother, Bob (Rosie) Kaiser; sister-in-law, Arlene Kaiser; brother-in-law, Alan Rabidoux (Eileen Schachte); mother-in-law, Victoria Novak; along with many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, George Kaiser; brothers-in-law: Steve Prusak, Rich Croson, Clifford Novak, and Doug Novak; sister-in-law, Judy Rabidoux; and father-in-law, Benedict Novak.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, with a visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the church. As a courtesy, the Mass will also be livestreamed on St. Patrick’s Facebook page. Private family burial at St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Milwaukee, WI. Memorials are preferred to Catholic Relief Services.