Dennis A. Piekarski

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Dennis A.

  • Memorial Gathering Wednesday, February 3rd at the Family Home from 3:30-7PM, Prayer Service at 6pm
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday February 4th 10:00am at St. Leonard Catholic Church, W173S7743 Westwood Dr, Muskego, 

Piekarski, Dennis A.

Of Waukesha passed peacefully January 20, 2021 at the age of 70 with the two women he adored the most by his side – his wife and daughter.

Precious husband, best friend and “lobster” to Mary (nee Laupan); proud dad to Laura (Shawn) Lange and Mark (Erica) Piekarski; step-dad to Matt (Christine) Granzow and Sarah (Pat) Doran; and blessed grandpa to Joshua, Jacob and Samantha Lange, Jackson and Lincoln Piekarski, Logan and Callie Granzow, Amelia and Madeline Doran. Preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Irene (nee Golombowski) Piekarski, brother Jerry and sister-in-law Nancy Piekarski. Also survived by nephew, Ray (Laura) Piekarski and niece, Kathleen (Todd) (nee Piekarski) Hall and other relatives and friends.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Dennis graduated from Boy’s Tech High School before entering the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam as a Scout Dog Handler. Post-military, Dennis served his apprenticeship at American Motors where he achieved journeyman millwright status and went on to work for Froedtert Malt (Brewery Workers Local 9) and Delphi Automotive (UAW Local 1866) where he served in several union positions. He then worked several outside positions through the Building Trades Union (Millwrights Local 2337) where he retired in December of 2013.

Dennis will be remembered for his delightfully dry sense of humor and a tender heart for those he loved, including his two rescue dogs, Oscar & Diego. Dennis had a true passion for mechanics – a real Mr Fix-it. In his leisure time he enjoyed grooming the lawn with a cold “High-Life” on board, puttering around the house, entertaining friends and family at home, shooting billiards, playing golf, attending Brewers baseball and watching crime dramas on TV. He loved God, his family, his country and his work. He was a simple, loyal man and will be missed deeply.

Celebration of life will be held at the family home Wednesday February 3rd 3:30pm to 7:00pm with prayer service at 6pm. Those who wish to attend are asked to park at the Big Bend Park & Ride located just southeast of I-43 & Hwy 164 where a limousine shuttle will run continuously. For those with mobility concerns please contact the family for special instructions. Mass will be Thursday February 4th 10:00am at St. Leonard Catholic Church, W173S7743 Westwood Dr, Muskego, WI with burial and military honors 1:00pm at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Cemetery in Union Grove.

A special thanks to President Trump for The VA Missions Act, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin and Seasons Hospice for their compassionate care during Dennis’ short battle with Mesothelioma.

For those who would like, but are unable to attend the Memorial it will be
broadcast in Zoom webinar format. Simply sign the online guest register and
receive a link to log on. A slideshow tribute will run from 3:30pm to
6:00pm and Eulogies and a prayer service at 6:00pm.
Click here to sign the guest register and request a log-in code:


  1. Linda Doran January 25, 2021 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I remember meeting Dennis at his 60th birthday party. His dry sense of humor and quiet presence were always present. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Heidi Wehrhahn January 25, 2021 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I remember Mary bringing a lovely fan to upholstery class. It was very hot in class for quite a while. Later I found out Dennis had purchased it. It was not just any old fan but a “state of a art” fan. How loving 🙂

  3. Sue Cullen January 26, 2021 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    May Love and prayers surround you at this time, Mary. Dennis was always a faithful friend to us. Love and hugs to you. Sue Cullen

  4. Cindy Pepper January 27, 2021 at 1:14 pm - Reply


    We are so very very sorry for your loss. You know we would be there for you if you need us. No words can express our heartfelt sympathy. Jim and
    I will not be attending Dennis celebration of life but we hope to catch up with you soon!. Hugs to you and Dennis family!

  5. Phil Byrd January 27, 2021 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I first met Dennis on the Oakcreek power plant project. One of the things I admired about Dennis was he was a very strong and dedicated union man! We had lots of great times on the job and at union affiliated functions. One of his quotes “I tell you what ” he will be deeply missed. Rest in Heaven my Brother! Your Friend

  6. Greg Ranieri January 27, 2021 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I met Dennis 10 years ago building Elm Road powerhouse and I loved him from day one very honest man straightforward man always talked about his family his wife kids grandkids he love them all he was a good brother Millwright in a very good friend I will miss him and I loved him goodbye Dennis

  7. Janet Wielebski February 3, 2021 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary.
    I just wanted to stop by to say how sorry I am. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember our “BNI breakfasts fondly, (probably one on the only things I miss from being in business)
    I remember you telling me about your wedding, and I know you and Dennis were extremely happy. I tried to log in to the visitation, but for some reason, ZOOM wouln’t let me log in.
    Or maybe I am just seriously “Computer Operator” challenged! Anyway, I am thinking about you and wishing you my deepest sympathy. Take care. Janet Wielebski.

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