Carl W. “Beefer” Raatz

Carl W. “Beefer” Raatz

Carl W. “Beefer” Raatz, age 84, died on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at UW Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on May 31, 1928 in Waushara County, WI, the son of Robert and Mabel (Schluter) Raatz. He grew up in Waushara County, being cared for by his siblings after the death of both of his parents. Carl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era. Following his discharge from the service, he moved to Madison and began work at Oscar Mayer and Fauerbach Brewery. He was united in marriage to Eleanor J. Sobojinski on October 23, 1954 in Wisconsin Dells. Carl retired from Oscar Mayer after 45 years of service.

He was a member of American Legion Post 481 and the Greig Club. For many years Carl was instrumental in a fundraiser called the “Kraut Feed”. He also loved hunting, fishing, gardening and the many family get-togethers which often included playing cards. Carl also enjoyed all Wisconsin sports and of course having a cold beer.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eleanor; 5 children: Carla (Mike) Reiser, Randall (friend, Mary Peterson), Ronald (Corinne), Richard (Kathy) and Rusty (Teresa) Raatz; 12 grandchildren: Tyler, Cooper, Gunther, Jeremiah, Jordan, Jaycee, Monica, Nicklaus, Erik, Patrick, Theodore and Samuel; siblings: Edna Peterson, Herman Raatz, Margaret Schlagel and Shirley Turner; and also many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Harvey Raatz, Alice Patten, Dora Wedde, Donald Raatz, Robert Raatz and Ruby Soberiski.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, October 1, 2012 at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., with Rev. Dean Kirst officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, Madison.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at UW Hospital and the Carbone Cancer Center.