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Raymond B. Pitsch

Oct 21, 1932 - Jan 22, 2019


Raymond B. Pitsch, age 86, of Sheboygan, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Sheboygan on October 21, 1932, the son of the late John and Frances Ohlshmidt Pitsch.

He attended St. Peter Claver Catholic School, St. Nazianz Seminary, UW-Stout, and graduated with his Master’s Degree from UW-Milwaukee. Raymond was a U.S. Army Veteran and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

On August 16, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mary Fredricks at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. Ray was an educator and guidance counselor for the Howards Grove School District for over 30 years, retiring in 1994.  Besides being the first football coach at Howards Grove High School, Ray also spent a great deal of time refereeing various high school and college sports.  Upon retirement, knowing he couldn’t sit still for very long, he thoroughly enjoyed his time spent working at Trilling True Value for approximately 10 years.

He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul and a friend of Bill W. Raymond was an avid sports fan and cheered for the Cubs, Packers, Bucks and Badgers.  Raymond was known for his attitude of gratitude, deep spirituality, and unconditional love for everyone he encountered.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; six children, Bernie Pitsch, Teresa (Scott) Baudhuin, Richard Pitsch, Chris Pitsch, Amy (Steven) O’Connor and Sara (Kory) Kosmicki; eight grandchildren, Madeleine (Andrew) Pitsch, Eva Pitsch, Nicholas (Stephanie) Baudhuin, Stephanie (Andrew) Kollmann, Michael (Emily) Baudhuin, Mary, Elias and Frances Kosmicki; two great-grandchildren, Elwyn Baudhuin and Liora Kollmann and his sister, Mary Wilterdink. He was further survived by other relatives and friends.  Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Sr. John Francis, CSA, two brothers, Jerome “Bobo” Pitsch and John Pitsch, and his granddaughter, Annie Kosmicki.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 818 Huron Ave., Sheboygan with Rev. Matthew Widder and Rev. Richard Cerpich officiating. Family and friends may gather at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan on Sunday afternoon January 27, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and at the church on Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 12:00 p.m.   Entombment will take place at Holy Cross Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Raymond’s name. A special thank you is extended to the staff at St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice for the compassion and care that was given to him.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Monday Jan 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church [map]


Date: Monday Jan 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church [map]


Date: Sunday Jan 27, 2019
Time: 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Dan Stubler

Sorry for your lost. I am one on the neighbors. I'm going to miss our front porch conversations regarding all of our favorite teams.

Daniel Stenson

We are so sorry for your loss.

JoAnn Austreng

My sincere condolences on the passing of "Mr. Pitsch". He will never be forgotten by me or any of his other students at Howards Grove High School. He was dearly loved and respected by all. God by with you as He is now with Ray. JoAnn Austreng

Judy Berenz

Dear loved ones of Ray Pitsch....My sincere condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of being a neighbor. I know Stephanie will feel loss of Ray's passing as well. My prayers to all.

Jerry & Jan O’Connor

Dearest Mary, Bernie, Richard, Chris, Teresa, Amy & Steven and Sara: Both Jerry and I are So sorry for your loss...Ray has impacted so many in his life; including US in his faith filled wisdom. He will be missed; is loved and is in our prayers as each of you are too. God's Blessings to you ALL and our heartful sympathy to all too. Love, Jerry and Jan

Janice (Perronne) Morse

Sympathies to your family. I have many fond memories of Ray. 1977-1980 Howards Grove High School Student Council. 1980 Graduate, Janice Morse