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In Memory of Donald J. Kaiser

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday October 29, 2021
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin


9:30 am - 11:00 am
Friday October 29, 2021
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

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.

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    • I met Don in Fall of 64 when he convinced me to join Alpha Nu Beta Fraternity. He had joined the Fraternity the previous year and by the time I met him he was the Vice President of this fine group of young men. We shared a couple of college years together and many fraternity service projects and social activities. After he moved away from Milwaukee we lost touch for many years. We renewed our friendship in 2016 when the Fraternity was planning an alumni reunion. He made trips to Milwaukee (with Barb) to attend Fraternity luncheons and renew old friendships. To me, he was a Brother and a very special friend and mentor, someone to look up to and admire. He will surely be missed by all of us.
      Al Rozas on behalf of Alpha Nu Beta Fraternity.

    • I will always remember standing and singing right in front of Don in Praise Company Choir at Saint Patrick’s. He had such a beautiful voice! I loved harmonizing with him! My condolences to Barb and to his whole family. It is hard to lose someone you love, especially someone so close to you. Jeanne Conant

    • I am so sad to read of Don’s passing. He was a great man and brother. We had so many laughs together. I consider myself lucky to have shared time with him. He will be missed by all.