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In Memory of Warren W. Brueske


10AM-12PM - Thursday, May 26 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

12PM - Thursday, May 26 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Warren Wilber Brueske passed away peacefully with his family at his side on May 17, 2016, at the age of 81. He was a resident of Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living in Hudson. Warren had moved from Ettrick, WI to Hudson in 2013 to be closer to his family.

Warren was born in Beaver Dam, WI on November 7, 1934 to Wilber and Virgie May (Haase) Brueske. He was married to Virginia Bjerken on December 7, 1955.

Warren was an extraordinary person, a skilled draftsman and artist, musician, farmer, numismatist, scrap metal dealer- and all-around entrepreneur. He enjoyed the outdoors. He dreamed big and had a real talent for on-the-fly mathematics. He had many friends in and around Ettrick and the LaCrosse, WI area. His opinions were highly regarded by his peers. Everyone who came to know him was proud to call him a friend. In his later years Warren especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Warren is survived by his four children Michael (Betty) Brueske of Hudson, WI, Daniel Brueske, Phoenix, AZ, Lisa Kay Brueske Hudson, WI, Jodi Serrago Cape Coral, FL, Twelve grandchildren; Ryan (Kannika) Brueske Hudson, WI, David (Julia) Brueske Bayreuth, Germany, Lisa Marie (Robert) Smith Hudson, WI, Jeffrey Brueske Lakewood, CO, Kirsten (John) Hagenow Waterford, WI, Daniel (Shawna) Brueske Kansas City, MO, Jeannette  (Jimmy) Blackwell Witchita, KS, Jordan Valentino Black River Falls, WI, Joseph Ferguson Onalaska, WI, Jeremy ( Mariam) Brueske Sarasota, FL, Jessica (Will) Ober Cape Coral, FL, Jocelyn Short Cape Coral, FL and 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Connie Ried LaCrosse, WI, and the love of his life Virginia Bjerken Hudson, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Leonard Brueske, infant grandchild Joshua Short, and special aunt and uncle Merlin and Ruby Gallenbeck.

Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson with a visitation held two hours prior to the service starting at 10:00 a.m. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

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    • Barron Von Brueske: My Friend, definitely one of my very favorites, if I can or should. A very fine and gentle man, whom GOD decided me to meet. And because of that meeting I am ever so grateful. It being just before the Holmen, Wi. Centennial,. which was long ago, exact years don’t matter with Great friendships. It was the year of “Brother’s of the Brush” contest for Holmen. “Barron Von”, whom he allowed me to call him, (another long story), Looked at my beard and said, “Hoza, you look just like Jesus with that beard”. So we dressed me in a sheet, mussed my hair and took pictures with a sand background where he lived between Holmen and Onalaska at that time. We were not mocking him but now -a -days we would call it Cloning. He was about to move I think and he had 2 Cutting Torch tanks he had too long and would have to pay extra. He said I could have them — that was a turning point in my life, ever since I’ve been a connoisseur of “JUNQUE”. May 15 I came thru Ettrick and stopped at the King’s palace, and I wondered what had happened to my friend and “Super Hero”. 5/22 I found out in the La Crosse Tribune, Thank You all for the information, which shocked me but I’ve made my peace with it because he is basking in GOD’S Sunshine, with no pain or worry. Hoping he thinks of me sometimes and I long to see him again in the house GOD made for him. Want be a long time, Warren, I’ll be 83 in July. What a Great man you are, GOD has already Blessed you. AMEN, Hoza’ (Jose)

    • For the most intelligent person that I’ve met. Your Spirit is free to fly now Dad. Your suffering is over and I can only dream of the joy and relief you now have. I love you and will see you on the other side. I’m glad it was you that was my Dad.

    • I’m sorry for your loss , You all were a big part of my life. I love you all .

    • My thoughts and prayers are with you, the Brueske Family at this difficult time. Know that you are a strong family and you all will give each other the love and support that will get you through.
      sending you peace, love and light.

    • My deepest sympathy to the Brueske family. I so enjoyed my visits and having dinner with Warren. He was one of my buddy’s and I always called him a “little ray of sunshine” that would generate a big smile. He loved his family and often shared stories about all of you. May your memories give you strength and comfort.
      The Johnstons