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Daniel J.
Schulist "Boomer"

Memorial Visitation – ****Postponed to a later date****

Mass of Christian Burial -Tentatively scheduled for June 18, 2021 at St. Leonard’s Muskego (W173S7743 Westwood Dr.), 2pm.


Daniel “Boomer” J. Schulist, of Muskego, WI, was called home to the Lord on March 8, 2020, at age 55.

Beloved husband of Karen (Brandhagen) Schulist. Loving father of David, Angela, and Callie. Dear son of Dorothy (Shinners) and Richard Schulist. Younger brother of David (Connie) Schulist, Dee (Jim) Karleskint, Denise (Ron) Olszewski, Dean (Cathy) Schulist, Doreen (Mark) Treuden, and Darla (Mike) Erato. Brother-in-law of Judith Brandhagen, Nancy (Jaime) Lehrer, and Steve (Dawn) Brandhagen. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law Donald and Mary Ann (Wierzba) Brandhagen, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Dan was born February 18, 1965, in Milwaukee, WI. He later resided in Sun Prairie, WI, and Hastings, MN. He graduated from Milwaukee Hamilton High School, Lakeland College, and earned an MBA from St. Thomas University.

A talented athlete, a versatile handyman, and a successful businessperson, Dan was a great leader and mentor to many. He was extremely hardworking and devoted in everything he did. Whether it was coaching his kids’ sports, completing a home renovation, running a marathon, managing a team, or fiercely fighting his battle against cancer, he never gave less than 110%. Dan enjoyed spending his days on the golf course or hiking. He loved being in the peaceful Northwoods with family and friends, especially being the pontoon captain. He was a lifelong dog lover and Wisconsin sports fan and was known for his trendy fashion sense. He made a mean Bloody Mary and his family and friends will never stop doing “The Boomer” (his signature dance) whenever they hear Earth, Wind & Fire.

Dan fought an extremely aggressive case of advanced prostate cancer for almost four years. He demonstrated enormous strength and courage in the face of great pain and adversity. Dan’s strong faith and resiliency throughout this fight was, and will continue to be, an inspiration to many.

Dan will be remembered as a fun-loving husband, father, and friend who enjoyed making others laugh. He had a positive impact on everyone who met him and will be dearly missed by so many, especially his soulmate and wife of 31 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or the Milwaukee Rescue Mission would be appreciated.






  1. George Williams March 10, 2020 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Dan’s smile and laugh sure could light up a room.

  2. Eric March 10, 2020 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I knew Dan from back in my days at MasterGraphics. As one of Dan’s coworkers, we didn’t work very closely. However, he was an integral part of our team, and appreciated by many. He had a good heart. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Ashley Mandel March 10, 2020 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    You all are in my prayers. Dan was a special man. The little time I had him as my manager at D3 Technologies will always be cherished. I remember him telling me to always put my family first. My favorite memory of him was when our team had a quarterly meeting and his ringer went off playing the song “Let’s get it started” by The Black Eyed Peas. 🙂 hugs

  4. John Parsons March 11, 2020 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Karen & family, so sorry to hear this and very sorry for your loss. Dan was one of a kind. I have fond memories of our days playing pickup basketball at Sacred Hearts and also working together through the tough times at Xerox. He had a great heart and he was a good friend. Your family is in our prayers.

  5. John C. Acker March 11, 2020 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Dear Karen – Your cousin Jack here, writing from Austin, Texas. As you know, I mostly knew Boomer when we were high school kids, doing the things high school kids do. Just wanted to say that I was always greatly impressed by the fact that — while I myself extended my adolescence well into my 30s — your husband got serious early, in way I think nobody would have predicted for him, way back in the haze of 1982 or so. What I mean to say is that he damn well strapped the boulder on his back, and made it happen at a young age — the marriage, the career, the family — and apparently never looked back. Maybe better to say that the both of you did it together, committed to each other as teenagers, and then kept that promise going forward. Not many people do that, to be sure. So, sorry as hell for you & the children, but I do hope that someday it will feel as if the bad luck of losing Boomer early was balanced out by the good luck of having met him at all. Thinking of you.

  6. STEVEN BORMAN March 11, 2020 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Karen, David, Angela and Callie,

    Julie and I are so sorry for your loss. Dan was such a good friend to us. From the time I met him in mid 1990’s, working nights when he came in to service our print machines, he and I hit it off like we knew each other since childhood. That is a testament to how nice and caring he was.

    We send our deepest condolences and prayers to you and your families during this difficult time.

    Steve and Julie Borman

  7. Sarah March 12, 2020 at 1:21 am - Reply

    We are so very sorry for your loss, in connecting with Alison, she shared with us the battle Boomer was fighting, and that he never gave up.The Burhop’s have some very fond memories of gatherings on Ellen Ave., such a loving and close knit family you all are. Will always remember Boomer’s smile and his laugh. He had such a deep love for his family. Our hearts are with you, and in our prayers. What a beautiful legacy.

  8. Michael March 12, 2020 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I worked with Dan for only a short time but it didn’t take me long to see that he was an amazing person. He always took the time to listen to your concerns and genuinely went out of his way to help where he could. He was always a gentleman no matter the situation and treated everyone with respect. Dan you will be missed my many sir. Rest in love.

  9. Carter (CJ) Thomas March 15, 2020 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Booms! My dear friend, you will be missed…

    We were fast friends as we hung out on the 67th street school playground, and the old Stop and Go…Oh, the laughs we had! It was a joy reconnecting with you once I returned to MKE in 2015.

    Rest in peace, dear friend…

  10. Damien and Judy Lehrer March 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Karen & family
    Our thought and prayers are with you

  11. Chris Hanson March 17, 2020 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Still really sorry Dave! Such a great video and I’m still really sorry for you and your family! Not one of us should go through this ever and at a young age!

  12. Sue Sefzik March 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Karen and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss.We enjoyed being neighbors years ago. Dan and Jeff had some good times at neighborhood gatherings. Thinking of you all.

  13. Caroline Isaksson March 21, 2020 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Darla and family, I was so saddened when my little brother Mark called to tell me of Boomer’s passing. We may never know why our loved ones suddenly leave our lives in the flesh; know they will always be with us in spirit. His love will continue to shine on. My deepest sympathy. Caroline Isaksson

  14. Mark Weizenegger March 27, 2020 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Dan and, beyond business, discussed family, fishing, sports and Faith with him. He was strong, principled and fair and is greatly missed.

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