Charles (Chuck) Moritz, age 95, of Wauwatosa, formerly of LaValle, died on January 25, 2020, at the Lutheran Home in Wauwatosa, WI, after a brief illness. He lived his life with honor, integrity, and humility and was known for his wit, wisdom, and generous spirit.
His remarkable journey began in the small farming community of Tipton, KS, where he was born in 1924. He grew up with his parents, Henry and Anna, and seven siblings on the family farm, experiencing dust storms and the deprivations of the Depression era. The family was also devastated by Huntington’s disease, which led to the premature deaths of Henry and five of Chuck’s siblings. Rural life in the 1930s was hard, but Chuck’s strong Catholic faith, as well as the support of friends, family, and community, enabled him to overcome early obstacles.
Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as a Radioman in the Pacific. He was proud of his service to his country and in his 80s was fortunate to participate in one of the Badger Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.
Although he had never attended high school, he was accepted at St. Benedict’s College (Atchison, KS) on the G.I. Bill after his military discharge. He then transferred to Creighton University (Omaha, NE) where he earned a degree in accounting. He used that degree to launch a successful 35-year career in finance at Jewel Companies, retiring as Assistant Treasurer in 1984. On behalf of Jewel, Chuck participated in a task force for President Reagan’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the early 1980s.
Chuck married the love of his life, Natalie Schroeder, also of Tipton, in 1950. They settled in Elgin, IL, where they raised their three children and lived for 36 years before retiring to Dutch Hollow Lake in LaValle, WI. Their final years together were spent at Harwood Place retirement community in Wauwatosa.
Chuck embraced the activities at Harwood Place, especially Wii bowling at which he excelled. An especially memorable outing was a “bucket list” trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide at Miller Park, at age 91. He was a firm believer in the benefits of walking, logging nearly 1600 miles since 2015, and liked to point out that it was more than the equivalent of walking to Tipton, KS, and back.
Wordplay and woodworking were two of Chuck’s special talents. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and writing poems. His appreciation of verbal puns occasionally was evident in his wooden creations such as the “tack shelter.” He made beautiful clocks and Nativity scenes that became treasured gifts for friends and family members. Chuck was a member of Harwood Place’s creative writing group and continued writing poetry up until his death.
Travel was an activity that Chuck and Natalie enjoyed together for many years. Chuck spent a few months in Guatemala, advising a supermarket chain there on cash management practices. He eventually visited all 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
A tireless volunteer, Chuck served as a board member, chair, and president for numerous charitable groups. Organizations that benefited from his expertise included: Huntington’s Disease Society of America; St. Thomas More Church in Elgin, IL; Holy Family Church in LaValle, WI; and the Reedsburg Area United Fund. He was active with American Legion Post #242 in LaValle, WI and in the Knights of Columbus, as a Reedsburg Columbian Officer. In his later years, he volunteered as a driver for the Sauk County Commission on Aging. Even when in his late 80s, he volunteered at the Lutheran Home.
Chuck is survived by his daughter, Stefanie and son-in-law, Vince Jenkins; son, Chad and daughter-in-law, Beth Meyerand; daughter, Sarah and son-in-law, Mark Scheiber; grandchildren, Amelia Scheiber and Elsa and Henry Moritz; sisters-in-law Carol (Louis) Moritz, Rita (Richard) Moritz, and Carol Schroeder Dahlsten; brothers-in-law Francis Becker and LaVerne Schroeder, and numerous much-loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Natalie (Schroeder) Moritz, and his seven siblings (Alice, Norbert, Dorlyn, Francis, Louis, Harold, and Richard).
A burial service with military honors was held at Calvary Cemetery in Ironton, WI, on February 1, 2020.
A Mass and celebration of his life will take place at Harwood Place, 8220 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, WI on Saturday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation at 9:30 a.m.
The family suggests memorials to the following organizations:
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, 3330 University Ave., Suite 300, Madison, WI 53705, or, The Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.
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