In Memory

Karl F. Abendroth - Class Of 1938


Abendroth, Karl Frederick Died peacefully at age 91, on May 12, 2012, at his home in Mequon, WI. Karl was a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, where he graduated from Washington High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a radar specialist stationed in Germany during WW II, and upon returning, married Virginia Brower. He spent his entire career working at Milwaukee Transport Services, Inc, serving as accountant, Treasurer, and ultimately, Vice President. He was a member of Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder. Karl was an avid amateur athlete, excelling in golf, handball, table tennis, and distance running. Karl competed in numerous local marathons into his 70's, and achieved a personal goal of running a lifetime distance sufficient to circumnavigate the globe twice. Throughout his life, he was very generous in giving time and effort as a volunteer, taping hundreds of audio books for the blind and, together with his wife, running the Book Cellar for the Milwaukee Public Library. He became an expert in repairing damaged books. He was a long-time volunteer for the Salvation Army, and served on its advisory board. Karl was also a regular volunteer donor of blood and platelets to the Blood Center of Wisconsin. He was a wonderfully kind and generous man with a delightful sense of humor, who will be greatly missed by his wife Virginia, son Daniel and daughter-in-law Bridget King, daughter Gail and son-in-law Warren Bishop, grandsons Eric and Ian Bishop, sister Lila and brother-in-law Howard Martin. Karl requested that his body be donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin for research, and that his family hold a private service. The family requests that memorial gifts in his name be sent to the Salvation Army or Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church. A reception to celebrate Karl's life will be held Saturday, June 9, from 10:30AM to 1:00PM at North Shore Country Club, 3100 W. Country Club Drive, in Mequon.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on May 20, 2012