Emil Gene Gratz


4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 8, 2023
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Memorial Service

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Friday, June 9, 2023
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Emil Gene Gratz, age 93, of Hudson, WI, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2023 with loving family by his side. He was born on April 2, 1930 with his twin sister Emily to parents Virgil and Cleda (Swankhouse) Gratz. He graduated high school from Beaverdam, Ohio, attained his degree in accounting at Ohio Northern University, and would later attain his CPA. Emil married his high school sweetheart Betty Bushong on March 25, 1951. A marriage that would last 72 years and serve as an example of a loving and faith centered marriage for all to witness. Together they were blessed with five children. Emil served proudly in Korea in the 2nd Division HQ (rear) of the US Army. Upon his return he and Betty moved to Wisconsin to work with his father in the food service industry and later began his career as an auditor for the State of Wisconsin.

Emil was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and active member of His church. Alongside Betty he served many roles in leadership and service as a member of First Baptist Church, now Living Vine Church, of Hudson where one of his passions was to be the first to meet and greet anyone new to make them feel welcome and included.

Emil loved to travel-camp with family and friends and be out on the lake fishing. Alaska was one of his favorite places but camping in Cornell, WI will always hold a special place in his heart. His teenage summers on his extended family’s farm in Indiana shaped his strong value of family gatherings, whether for the evening meal, camping or special celebrations. He was especially proud of his grandson Jacob’s recent commissioning as 2nd Lieutenant to the aviation school in the US Army National Guard.

Emil will be remembered as a wonderful and fun loving husband, father, grandpa, and great grandpa who was always thinking of ways to help his family and will remain in the hearts of his wife Betty; children Larry (Susan) Gratz, Michael (Angela) Gratz, Kevin (Kathleen) Gratz, Christine (James) Krusell, and Jeffrey (Michele) Gratz; grandchildren Colleen (Shane) Quiram, Amy (Roger) Barker, Bryan Gratz, Jennifer (Cyprian) Mendelius, Michael (Jesse) Avant, Erik (Amy) Gratz, Bethany Gratz, Jonathan (Briana) Krusell, Benjamin (Rachel) Krusell, Jacob Krusell, Christianna (Josh) Gratz Carlin, and J. Adam (Sarah) Gratz; great grandchildren Joey, Charlotte, Bobby, Emma, Leo, Holly, Elijah, and Sloane; twin sister Emily (Richard “Kent”) Stonehill, brothers Samuel Gratz and David (Debby) Gratz.

He is preceded in death by his parents Virgil Gratz and Cleda Jones, step-mother Margaret Gratz, sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and Louis Fett, sister-in-law Nadine (Samuel) Gratz and grandson Matthew Krusell.

A visitation for Emil will be held on June 8 from 4-6pm and a Memorial service will be June 9 at 11 AM, with visitation one hour prior at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, WI with a luncheon to follow. The service will be livestreamed HERE.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Parkinson’s Foundation at Parkinson.org or to Living Vine Church at lvhudson.org.


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3 Responses

  1. Hello to the Gratz family.
    Doug and I send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for peace and comfort to you all. I am a close friend of Michele and I have seen through her the love you all had for Emil. GOD bless and keep you and may the wonderful memories you have of Emil give you comfort .🙏🏻❤️
    Jackie Mathison

  2. Kevin: So Sorry to read about your father passing. You and your family will be in my prayers his evening

  3. Rick and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful man. Wishing you peace, thoughts and prayers.

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