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
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.
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.
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.