Alphons Pitterle, May 18, 1924 - August 31, 2019

Alphons  Pitterle
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Alphons Pitterle, 95, passed away peacefully at his home of 59 years in Eau Claire, surrounded by family, on August 31, 2019.  Al was born on May 18, 1924 in Watertown, Wisconsin to Albert Pitterle and Clara Berg Pitterle.  He attended St. Henry’s grade school and Watertown High School and graduated from Marquette University with honors, earning a degree in Accounting in 1947.  After graduation, Al worked as an accountant at Haskins & Sells, passing the CPA exam on the first try with one of the highest scores.

Al enlisted voluntarily in the U.S. Army on October 1, 1942, joining the 13th Armory Division (Black Cats), serving as a Finance Clerk during World War II.  He served in the European Theater from January 29, 1945 to July 14, 1945, after being assigned to search ”Hitler’s hangout” or “Eagles’ Nest” in Berchtesgaden, Germany.  After earning a number of medals, including a marksmanship medal, he was discharged honorably from the Army on January 30, 1946.

Al married his college sweetheart, Dorothy M. Williams, at St. Peter’s Church in East Troy, Wisconsin on June 26, 1947 and was married for 64 years until her death on December 2, 2011.  He signed all of his cards to her “All my love, all my life.”  They enjoyed their trips to Northland Lodge in Orr, Minnesota, White Gull Inn in Door County, Hawaii and Naples, Florida.  Al was a life-long Packer fan and flew his Packer flag for every game.  He also enjoyed casino trips, fishing and golfing, scoring a hole-in-one in Florida.  He took great pride in raising his six children and his roses.  Al was known as a master of puns and jokes.   

He and his wife Dorothy moved to Eau Claire in 1950 and he later opened his own CPA practice.  Al served as the independent auditor for Menard’s from the inception of the company until his retirement in 1988.  His CPA firm also conducted school district audits, prepared tax returns and did bookkeeping.

Al served on the Board of Directors of Rest Haven Cemetery.  He was a member of the Elks Club for 67 years,  a life-time member of the VFW Post 305 and the Delta Sigma Pi honor society, as well as a member of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Societies of CPAs.  In 1999, he received the WICPA's distinguished career award.  He was a Founding Member of the Neuman Community Parish on the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire campus in 1969 and served on many other community, church and CPA committees.

Alphons is survived by his children, Mary Claire (Wally) Fu, Janet (Kyle) Holt, Virginia (Jake) Szatkowski, Susan (Ken) Olson, Monica (Jim) Jeffries and Richard (Elissa) Pitterle; his sister, Dolores Neuman, his grandchildren Kevin Fu, Sarah (Jorge) Espada, Laura Fu, Eric Fu, Michael Holt, Scot Szatkowski, Katazyna (Paul) Park, Miranda and Alexandria Jeffries, and Alphons and Francisca Pitterle;  his great-grandchildren, Henry and Walter Fu and Samuel, Eva and Amalia Espada, and his nieces and nephews.  In addition to his beloved wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by his brother, Aloysius Pitterle. 

His family is grateful to all of the neighbors and caregivers who kept an eye out for him and cared for him for many years, including the Wurtzels and Coggins, Miranda, Caitlyn, June, Sheila and all of the Julies, the hospice workers, especially Staci, and all the persons from St. Joe’s Home Health, especially Wendy, his shower aide as well as to the IRIS personnel, including Amy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Monsignor Klimek Healing Presence Endowment of the HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation or Eau Claire Meals on Wheels. 

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 6th, 2019 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Chapel, 900 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 at the Sacred Heart Hospital Chapel.  Burial will take place immediately after the funeral service at Rest Haven Gardens Cemetery. 

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Condolences

  1. Anthony D. Bell September 9, 2019

    Eternal Rest grant unto him and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace, amen.
    The joy of his memory will last far and beyond, the sorrow of his leaving us to be reunited with his Dorothy.

  2. Myriam Bikah September 9, 2019

    Jan and family,

    Please receive my deepest condolences for the loss of this great man. He served his country honorably. He loved his family greatly. May God keep him close for all eternity.

    Myriam

  3. BIRNEY DIBBLE September 5, 2019

    SO many memories!

    We met when Ralph Hudson and I opened our medical offices in the Kappus Building in 1957. We were in the south half, main floor, front. Insurance offices were in the north half, main floor, front. Al’s offices were on what I called the Poop Deck, which on a ship is a partial deck halfway between the bridge and the open deck. Most of you reading this will understand!

    SO many stories to tell. Two stand out.

    We floated the Red Cedar River many times, primarily for smallmouth bass but also an occasional walleye and northern pike. On one trip we hit a 3-4 hour “feeding frenzy,” where we caught a bass or two or three in every hole. (A “hole” in a stream is the deep water under an over-hanging bank in a bend in the river.) Obviously I never counted them, but where we fished there would have been 30-40 holes in a four-hour float. You count the fish we caught; we couldn’t!

    Al became my personal accountant as well as our practice’s. So for decades we met once a year to talk tax business. Well, 20 or 30 minutes of real business and at least another hour of monkey business! In the 70’s, a truly incredible thing happened. On one such visit we sat talking when his secretary came in tell me that Dr. Hudson wanted to talk to me. Ralph informed me that my father had called to let me know that my mother had died. Four years later, I was in Al’s office on tax business when his secretary came to tell me that Ralph Hudson wanted to talk to me. My father had died. Yes, an incredible coincidence! Not even Al with his numbers-crunching ability could figure the odds on that one. It was a sad, sad time. But a year later I was able to stand in his doorway and say, “I’m almost afraid to come in!”

    Birney Dibble

  4. Delia September 5, 2019

    The Pitterle family is in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I only had the pleasure of learning about the wonderful man that Mr. Pitterle was from his daughter, Jan. In chatting with Jan over the years, I learned that he was an amazing, loving family man. I am sorry for this tremendous loss.

  5. Cathy Mattson Casteel September 3, 2019

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathies for the family. I have had the honor and privilege of knowing and admiring Al Pitterle for decades. Whenever we chatted, I felt like I was the only person in the room and that was such a gift! I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers.