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Robert C.


Click here to view the services held for Robert Cotter on Saturday, March 13th, 2021


  • Memorial Gathering, Saturday March 13, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Parish 8500 W. Coldspring Rd. from 10-11AM
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 13, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Parish 8500 W. Coldspring Rd. at 11AM 

Robert C. Cotter, 90, passed away on Friday, February 26th, 2021. Loving husband of Dorothy Witte. He was a resident of the Memory Care unit at The Village of Manor Park.

Bob was born near Christmas of 1930, in Waukesha, WI to Charlie and Marie (Blessinger) Cotter.  He was their second of seven children.

Bob graduated from Waukesha High School in 1949.  He attended Wisconsin Teacher’s College in Milwaukee for 2 years before transferring to UW-Madison. Bob graduated from UW-Madison Pharmacy School in 1953.  He then served in the United States Army during the tail end of the Korean War from 1954 to 1956 (4 months in Germany) before being discharged and returning to Madison.

Bob worked as a pharmacist for Rennebohm in Madison for 6 years before moving to Racine in 1961, where he co-founded Shorecrest Rexall Pharmacy with Lee Moebius. Bob enjoyed being a pharmacist and loved to entertain his customers with anecdotes. His personal motto was “never let the facts stand in the way of a good story.”

He married Mary F. Cotter (nee Dempsey) on August 2, 1958. They have six children: Cathleen Cotter, St. Paul, MN, Christopher, Racine; John (Nancie), Madison; Joan Pike, Milwaukee; James, Racine; and William (Beth), (Sugar Grove, IL).

Bob and Mary have 11 grandchildren: Meaghan Baldwin, (Michael), Tierney Kilgariff, Callan, Alex, and Alison Cotter, Ben and Sam Pike, Hannah and Zach Cotter, Olivia and Liam Cotter, and three great-grandchildren Madeline, Maximilian, and Mia Baldwin.

Bob married Charlotte Stetka on August 16, 2008.  They remained married until Char’s death peacefully at home on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

Bob married Dorothy Witte on August 10th, 2013. Before dementia took him, he and Dorothy enjoyed traveling, dancing, playing cards, and watching the Brewers and Packers.

Bob is also survived by his sisters, Mary Alice Mairet (Dave), Ruth Ellen Scharnau (Ralph), and Pauline Gogin (Bob), and sister-in-law Karen Cotter (Jerome). He was preceded in death by his sister Jean Coyle, brother Jerome, and sister Becky Meyer. He is also survived by several cousins, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday, March 13th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 8500 W. Cold Spring Rd. Greenfield WI followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am.  The service will be live-streamed at the following link:

The final interment will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St. Union Grove WI. with a burial ceremony tentatively planned for the 4th of July weekend 2021.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice in his name.





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