In Memory

Brett Bartholomaus

Brett Bartholomaus

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Brett W. Bartholomaus

January 19, 1944 - October 11, 2013

Brett William Bartholomaus, age 69 of Bowler, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 at his home. Born on January 19, 1944 in Milwaukee, he was the son of the late Weber and Beatrice (Elmergreen) Bartholomaus. Brett was born and raised in Milwaukee and White Fish Bay, which became the principal settings for his published novel, “Reflection of Evil.” As a former power-lifter, athlete and private cop, he wrote from knowledge and experience. His extensive research for the novel took him into dark streets, morgues, government offices, police hangouts, hospitals and prisons where he met and mingled with people from all walks of life and both sides of the law. B. W. Bartholomaus attended Milwaukee Technical College, where his interests and talents ranged from weightlifting and wrestling to theatre and writing. On February 19, 1977 he was united in marriage to Joan (Cavosi) Gerds in Milwaukee. Brett and his son, Eric, were avid motorcyclists and backpackers. In contrast to the violent, lurid world of his novels, he was a fine, much published poet appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies. He was a four time recipient of the Golden Poets Award and was also a six time biographies inclusive in Marquis' Who's Who. The following web sites were created and developed by the author and his son, working together as a team, with the help of a good friend, Gail Koch. He resided in Bowler, Wisconsin, a rural area in the deep woods. His household was cohabited by black cat Loki; Border collie named Champie; and on African Conure named Sammie

Brett is survived by: his son, Eric (Linda Dube) Gerds of Wausau; his daughter, Laura (Dan) Shouldice of Hustisford; and his grandsons, Jim and John Larsen both of Watertown.

Brett was preceded in death: by his wife, Joan on September 11, 2002; his parents; and fiancé Karen Heins on June 22, 2013.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 1:00–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Wilderness Apartments, 100 E Wall St, Bowler, WI 54416. Burial will be in the Gresham Public Cemetery. Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawno is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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10/09/17 12:18 PM #1    

Tom Dakin

Who Knew?

Good on ya Mate!

10/09/17 12:30 PM #2    

Kris Krabbe

Brett was one of the original Dreamers.  Pillars of popular culture, such as Zane Gray, Elvis, Charles Atlas, Steve McQueen, and others, inspired his imagination.  The heavens and deep universe will nourish his soul.

RIP, Brett 


10/12/17 11:04 AM #3    

Art Perez

I hope life fullfilled all you hoped for. Rest in peace friend

10/13/17 05:51 AM #4    

Eddy Fyffe

Here is a man who even as a teen would not be overlooked, but I am the loser for never having known of his intense interests, directed writing, and accomplished achievement. Nor anyone in his family. Having trained to pick up on things (if there might be anything about which to pick up), I noticed Brett lost his sweetheart less than four months before his own death. I would hope that heartbreak did not precipitate or hasten our dear class mate's own passing.

I seemed to know everybody when I was at the Bay and, as this world has turned, I discover I hardly knew anyone at all.  It bothers me to an extreme that our friends came and went in this world, and we were often unaware, not there to cheer, unable in desperate times to help, neither solace nor victory parades and acknowledgement. 

To those of you who were close to Brett, and perhaps not even so close, I am sure his passing was a sad event, and I am sorry. I didn't even see this notice -- published in 2013 -- really? -- until some  F O U R   years    later. 

My  God.


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