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Anton “Tony” J. Petrauski

Jan 17, 1921 - Apr 02, 2021


Anton “Tony” James Petrauski passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the age of 100, peacefully in his home, surrounded by the love of his family. Tony was born on January 17, 1921 in Sheboygan, WI to Frank Sr. and Mary Savinski Petrauski.
Tony will forever be remembered by his loving children, Lynn (Jean) Petrauski, of New Berlin, Joan Lorier, of Sheboygan Falls, Mary (David) Zinkgraf, of Plymouth, Sharon (Dan) Dever, Sheboygan, Karen (Bruce) Diener, of New Berlin, David Petrauski, of Sheboygan, Maria Martin (Joel Fischer), of Sheboygan Falls, Ann (Kevin) Hartmann, of Sheboygan and Tom (Connie)Petrauski, of Nashwauk, MN. His legacy includes 31 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Sr., and Mary, his 6 siblings, his wife, Ruth, son, Gary Petrauski, daughters, Susan Diels, Theresa Murphy-Buckley, son-in-law, Jack Lorier and granddaughter, Kristin (Diener) Love.
Tony attended the Lyman one-room schoolhouse in Sheboygan through the 8th grade, where he continued his schooling and graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1939. He then joined the CCC Camp and served 6 months in Brule, WI working forestry jobs. On February 1, 1941 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ruth Jane Russell and went on to have twelve children. They loved to travel and visited all 50 states and Europe. They also enjoyed attending the annual 11th Armored Division Reunions. After celebrating 74 years of marriage, she preceded him in death in May 2015.
Tony served in World War II as a Staff Sergeant under General George Patton’s Third Army in the European Theater of Operations, 11th Armored Division. Tony fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and liberated the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. He was awarded many medals of honor for his service including the Army of Occupation Medal, the European Victory Medal, and the Expert Rifleman’s Medal to name a few. After serving his country, Tony returned to Sheboygan to his wife and children and wore many hats before deciding to go to school on the GI Bill to be a printer. He worked as a printer at the Sheboygan Press for close to 33 years before retiring in 1987. He was a lifelong member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, VFW Post 9156, and the Town and Country Golf Club. His favorite past-times included golfing, bowling, gardening, ice fishing, volunteering with Ruth at the Salvation Army as a bell ringer for many years, and camping every summer at State Parks. Being the first on the golf course with his golfing buddies each morning was the highlight of his retirement. His fly-ins to Canada and Alaska with family and friends were also very dear to his heart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 2136 N. 21st Street, Sheboygan with Fr. Norberto Sandoval officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am until the time of Mass at 11:00 am. Burial will take place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to his caregivers, Juanita, Victoria, and Nancy for their compassion and exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Meals on Wheels, or the Salvation Army.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at
“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Friday Apr 9, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Dominic Catholic Church [map]


Date: Friday Apr 9, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Dominic Catholic Church [map]



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Mary M Nelson

A life so well lived. I always knew Grandpa Petrauski as a kind, straight-forward man, but had no idea of his WWII service. How proud you must all be. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. and want to extend my condolences to all his family, especially Lynn & Jean, Greg & Kristie, and Michelle.

Art & Cheryl Magruder

Our sincere condolences in the loss of Tony-your dad/grandpa/great-grandpa. He accomplished a lot during his life, and sounds like he enjoyed it too. How nice you were able to have him for many years; more time to make more memories. Along with the memories, he will be in your hearts always.


You all have my condolences. Go Bless

Jennifer Gerber

my condolence to the family!my thoughts are with you!

Ronald Even

Lynn and Jean, Sorry for your loss, you have our sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron and Sherry Even

Ruth Gerstner

Maria and other family members I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Just keep all your happy memories close and share them with all Prayers for all.

Lori Reese

Condolences to the whole family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all

Bob schmidtman

Rest In peace Tony. Molly and I will miss you on our daily walks.

Mary Jo Simon

To the Petrauski family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, Tony. Tony had a great life and I am honored that I knew him along with Ruth. I always enjoyed their company and always looked forward to seeing them at the Slovenian Picnic when I was in town. RIP Uncle Tony. Love Mary Jo

Barbara Tuszynski

Tom and I are so sorry for you all. We enjoyed walking our dog past your Dad's window and seeing him wave. I especially want to reach out to Ann and Maria, whom I've known for years. I've thought of your father often and his sacrifices during the war. He was loved and cared for so well by you all. Barbara