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Willard “Willy” Brachmann

Sep 20, 1931 - May 22, 2019


Willard “Willy” Brachmann, age 87, of Sheboygan, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Willy was born to the late Clarence and Frances (Dreps) Brachmann on September 20, 1931. He graduated from Central High School in the class of 1950. After school, Willy served in the U.S. Navy until 1960. He was united in marriage to Mary Gersbacher in August of 1958 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fond du Lac. He was a journeyman electrician for many years until his retirement in 1993. Willy was an active member of the Concordia Singing Society for over 40 years and served as President for 10 years. He was a member of the St. Peter Claver Classical Choir as well as the New Life Choir.
Willy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; daughters Peggy (Don) Lawrence and Joan (John) O’Brien; sons James (Valerie) Brachmann, Michael Brachmann and Steven (Vivian) Brachmann; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Joseph (Carol) Brachmann; sister-in-law Mary Ann Brachmann and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Julian (Kathleen) Brachmann and Donald Brachmann and nieces Denise and Barbara Brachmann.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1439 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, with visitation at church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Willy’s name.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and Tender Hearts Senior Care, especially Michelle and Brenda from Sharon Richardson and Jane from Tender Hearts. A special thank you to Dr. Coulis and Dr. Pawlak for their care of Willy.

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Tuesday May 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]


Date: Tuesday May 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter Claver Catholic Church [map]



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Jay/Cindy Keitel

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Mary Scheld

Thinking of you with sympathy for your loss and thanksgiving for your many years together. Blessed in so many ways. Sincerely, Ernie and Mutzi (Knopp) Scheld

Sharon Schiller

Hi Peggy: I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I will be praying for you and your family as you go through a very difficult day tomorrow. I will be praying for joy in your memories and peace for your hearts.

David & Lisa Gersbacher

Keep singing Uncle Willie! Sing as you pass through the pearly gates, sing to the Big Man, sing sing sing! You will be greatly missed here, but the joy you bring will be shared with all those above. Until we meet again.

Suzanne and Jan Kujak

Jone and John We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father . Sending hugs your way. It’s hard to say goodbye but just know you have an angel watching over you every single day Much love from Texas ♥️ Suzanne & Jan

Orville Froh

Mary, my sincerest sympathy with the loss of " Willie". I was a fellow 1950 classmate of his. You may remember that Willie and I shared the MC role at our 65th Central High School Reunion at Al & Al's in 2016. He was quite a guy and it was so good to see him after many years. Another classmate of ours, Bob Borden who also lives in Port Washington, also expresses his condolence. Bob has no computer and we are close friends. God be with your entire Family..Orville Froh

Darlene Leonhard

To the Family of Willard (Willy) Brachmann, I wish to give you my deepest sympathy on your loss.

Kevin and Gretchen Greatens

Dear Mary and Family, May the true peace and joy of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all. My condolences to you all for the loss of Willy. My joy for Willy is that he now passes from this earthly life to his perfect life in heaven with Jesus! Willy was a kind and joyful person who was always ready and willing to be nice to folks in the Gesangverein and people who attended our performances. He was a true ambassador for our German choir and our German heritage. I already miss him and I thank the Lord for the time we shared together!

Mary Zecca

To Joanie and your family: Willie will soon be in heaven with our Lord and those who went before him. I continue to pray for him and for God to bring all of you peace & comfort. God bless you all. Mary Zecca (Joanies buddy)

Gisela Lund

My Deepest sympathies Mary to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.. It was such a pleasure knowing Willy. I wish I could find the right words to help ease your pain

Pete Gersbacher

If everyone were as upbeat and friendly as Willy, the world would be a better place. We're happy that he was with us through a long, full, and joyful life that made ours better as well. We will miss him a lot.

Gerda Stoehlker

My deepest sympathy to the family. I am so sorry, he was always such a friendly and nice man. I will keep him in my prayers.

Jim Bahar

My condolences to the Brachmannn family. Willy was a great man. He always had a great smile. He will be missed in the choirs at St Pete's, but now he is singing in the heavenly choir of angels. Rest in peace Willy.

Lisa Gonzalez

My deepest Condolence to you & your family sorry for the lost of a love one, he will always be miss but the memories will always be with you in your heart & mind. Lisa Gonzalez (Doorstaff at 240 E Illinois )

Jana Schejbal

You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Arletta Giese

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Willie. We shared the same birthday and always joked about it! I regretfully will miss his funeral because I will be singing at Meals for the Elderly at Bethany Church but my heavy heart will be with all of you at St. Peter Claver. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

susan rosen

My heart goes out to all of Willy's family and friends. He leaves a void in all of our lives. His joyous spirit, ability to break into song at any moment, and love of his wife and family will be sorely missed. May the memories of his good life bring you all some comfort. With my sympathy and love, Susie

Maribeth Petersen

We are so sorry to hear of Willie's passing. He was a kind and cheerful soul, always ready with a smile and a quip. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and all of his family. Mike and Maribeth