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Robert Thomas Wosewick

January 8, 1959 — March 9, 2015

PLEASE READ TO THE BOTTOM OF THE DEATH NOTICE FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS ON MEMORIALS. Robert Thomas Wosewick passed away on March 9, 2015 at age 56, with wife Kay (Brubaker) and son Zachary at his side. Bob died of metastatic prostate cancer. Bob was born in Philadelphia, though when people asked where he grew up, Bob invariably replied "I haven't". While not growing up, he lived in Charlottesville and earned a B.S. in Commerce at UVA; in St. Louis, where he earned an MBA at Washington University and later met Kay; in Boston where Zak was born; in Shorewood for 18 of the past 21 years; and in Modesto CA. While living in Modesto Bob came to realize that Milwaukee was truly "home", and the family returned soon thereafter. Bob's career in marketing research and new product development included employment at Purina, Gillette and E&J Gallo Winery, and with SC Johnson & Son for more than half of his career. Bob loved his various jobs, but his relationships with fellow employees and other colleagues are what made his work truly meaningful. Self-taught at 12, Bob played guitar and sang in bands from age 14 until his last gig at Summerfest in 2014. His transformation from suit and tie at work to a Les Paul and a mike on-stage was delightfully surprising to many people. In late 2010 Bob engaged a new passion and rode nearly 40, 000 miles on three Harleys in less than four years. Bob's family life was a bit more subdued but no less joyful. Bob loved snorkeling, biking and paintballing with Zak, and he delighted in torturing Zak with his "jokes". Bob and Kay treasured their Saturday night dates, missing no more than a handful over nearly 25 years of marriage. They lived a fairy-tale-like love story in real time. Besides Kay and Zak, Bob is survived by his father Walter Wosewick; brother Gerry (Penny), and sister Nancy (Darrell) Taylor; sister-in-law Suzy (Jon) Sibley; 11 nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins; innumerable friends; and fabulous doctors and staff at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and UW Hospital and Clinics (Madison). Predeceasing Bob are his mother Joan (Reddington) Wosewick, father- and mother-in-law Harold and Lorraine Brubaker, and brother-in-law David Brubaker. A semi-private celebration of Bob's life will be held in late April. Fellow musicians will honor Bob at a jam; planning is still underway. FOR INFORMATION ON MEMORIALS PLEASE SEE BELOW: ------------------------------------------------------ ROBERT WOSEWICK MEMORIALS Bob chose two charitable organizations that played unique, valuable roles in his life. If you'd like to make a contribution in Bob's memory, please be sure to jot a note in the memo section of your check, as noted under each charitable organization. Checks can be mailed to Bob's wife Kay or directly to the organization. Kay Wosewick 2633 N Hackett Ave Unit E Milwaukee WI 53211 Division of Hematology and Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin Fund Check Memo: RW/PCR (i.e., In Memory of Robert Wosewick, for use in Prostate Cancer Research) 9200 W Wisconsin Ave Clinical Cancer Center, 4th Floor Milwaukee, WI 53226 This fund has been in the planning stages for a while, but Bob's death hastened its formal birth. Because the fund is just days old, the extent of information available today is that the fund will be used by researchers to help initiate new projects. If you follow the wording above, your memorial will specifically support prostate cancer research at the Medical College. Bob spent considerable time in Hem/Onc at Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital. In 2008/2009 Bob participated in a trial involving radiation and chemotherapy under the supervision of Drs. Colleen Lawton and Katie Bylow. The trial treatment protocol has since become standard-of-care for Bob's stage of cancer at that time. Bob returned to Froedtert in late 2014 and underwent palliative radiation under Dr. Lawton, then chemotherapy and general care with Dr. Bylow. Both treatments bought Bob extremely valuable quality time---time he used to complete his To-­Do list. Thanks to the unparalleled personal attention of the doctors and their staff, Bob checked off every item on his list. Bob's last to-­ do was to see his sister Nancy and brother-­in-law Darrell. After spending a full weekend with them, Bob passed away mere hours after they arrived home in New Jersey. Shorewood Foundation Check Memo: In Memory of Robert Wosewick 3930 N Murray Ave Shorewood WI 53211 Bob, Kay and Zak loved living in Shorewood for 18 of the past 21 years. The Shorewood Foundation supports many wonderful projects around the Village, which you can learn more about online. Later this year Kay and Zak will use contributions to select specific amenities to honor Bob, such as a bench at Atwater Park or a chair at Atwater Beach. Identified with a marker "In Memory of Robert Wosewick", you will be able to enjoy the amenity and remember Bob, perhaps while gazing at his beloved Lake Michigan.
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