Charles J. LaBracke
April 3, 1937 - January 5, 2023
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Charles Joseph LaBracke  4/3/1937 – 1/5/2023 If you knew Chuck LaBracke, you know how he could light up a room! Quick witted, Chuck was constantly smiling, and generous to a fault, as he on occasion would offer the literal shirt off his back. The ultimate positive thinker, Chuck took it as a personal challenge to…

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GREG Waldron left a message on January 21, 2023:
I'm Greg Waldron from Rochester Minnesota. Chuck started me on my career with Lifetime Cookware when I was 18 years old. And I am still with them today. He was there when Moira and I were married, excited when kids were born, watched them grow up, and get married. He, Sandy and John facilitated some fantastic vacation trips with Lifetime Cookware for us that enabled my parents, inlaws, ours kids to experience some of the most extraordinary destinations. His life style example, his advice, guidance, motivation and mentorship was what you might expect of a big brother or father at times. We spoke almost every weekday for 40 years and most weeks since he retired. I already miss those conversations about work, politics, the Vikings and Packers and life in general. Love you Chuck. God be with you.
Jan and Rick Buckley left a message on January 20, 2023:
A true Gentleman would will be dearly missed by many. Condolences to the entire family. We love you.
John Perry left a message on January 19, 2023:
Our condolences & prayers for LaBracke family. Chuck & Sandy were fantastic neighbors for 25-ish years... until both our families moved away from Westover. My 3 sons were welcomed & could always make that first sale for a Boy Scout Christmas wreath to them :) More recently, I enjoyed chit chatting with Chuck at WRC before & after his swim aerobics. All his attributes mentioned in obit are easily recognized. A gentleman thru & thru... JP on Del Prado CT.
Bob Brandhagen left a message on January 19, 2023:
I remember my Uncle Chuck would always be glad to see me, and would always pick me up and hug me when I was about age 5. Really fond memories for the many years that the LaBrackes and the "Milwaukee Brandhagens" gathered in Rochester, MN, for Thanksgiving. I am thankful for such a wonderful Aunt Sandy also. Thank you for being gracious hosts as you took me into your home for the summer of 1987, before my senior year at Moody. That summer I had to find a job. I dressed in a sport coat and a tie, or was it a suit? At any rate, I dressed up because I thought I might get a job at a men's clothing store at Brookfield Square. At the end of the day, no job at a clothier. So I pulled up at the McDonald's on Moorland Road. I asked for an application at the counter. They saw that I was dressed in a suit, and I was driving Chuck and Sandy's Mercedes-Benz that day! The worker that gave me the application probably thought I wanted to buy the place! The last years my mom/Chuck's sister moved from Rochester to Baraboo/Dells after my dad died in 2012. Lisa and I lived and worked there from 2000-2020. My mom lived in our home for 6 years, then went to Oak Park Place. Chuck and Sandy made numerous trips to Baraboo to meet with my mom and me for lunch. I am grateful for those years because I got to know my aunt and uncle better, and my mom lived for those visits. The last time Chuck and Sandy visited my mom in her care facility, Chuck came out crying. He loved his sister so much, and her decline from just the previous visit was apparent, and painful to him, and to all of us. Chuck followed Jesus. His faith was important and strong. Finally, in the Lord's providence, Chuck died exactly one year after his beloved sister. She died on January 5, 2022. My mom was always so extremely proud of Chuck (whom she called "Bubby") and spoke of him with highest regard. As the story goes, Chuck would sort out any potential boyfriends that were not good enough for her! He was her protector. With Love and Admiration, Bob Brandhagen, nephew
Dale and Karen Kjensrud left a message on January 17, 2023:
To John and the LaBracke Family. Dale and I send our sincere condolences in the loss of Chuck. We feel honored to have known him over the years, always cheerful and welcoming, always delighted to be in the company of his family. We feel blessed to share three incredible grandchildren with Chuck and Sandy and will always remember sharing conversations about them when we gathered at one of their events. He will remain with all who knew him in spirit. Dale and Karen
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Bob & Eileen Nelson left a message on January 15, 2023:
Dear Sandy, Yes, Chuck could light up a room with his ready smile and infectious good humor. He made everyone in his company feel better. Eileen and I will always remember Chuck as someone special . We have greatly appreciated his friendship over the years. He will be missed but long remembered. Fondly, Bob and Ellen Nelson
William Stube left a message on January 15, 2023:
Our codolences to your family. I have met your father a number of times and enjoyed his company. He worked and traveled with my father and mother, George & Charlotte Stube. George was the manager at the West Bend Company for the Lifetime Division and they shared many travelling adventures together.
Ailyn Gutierrez left a message on January 12, 2023:
Oh Chuck, how much greatness you have accomplished in this wonderful life! You may or may not know, but you changed my entire life. You gave my parents the greatest gift, mentorship and parental love, when they most needed it. I am convinced my love for cooking (especially breakfast) sparked by watching you make those famous soft fluffy eggs and sausage at every meeting. My favorite part of the meeting! Because of you my parents succeeded and believed in themselves, enough for me to go to Hawaii - twice! We owe some of the best, dearest memories to your family. You were always the best at making people set dreams AND accomplish them. You were a phenomenal person Chuck, and your legacy will live on for years to come. You, Sandy, and John are always going to be special people to our family. We are grateful to you, we will remember you, and we love you. My dearest condolences to the whole family, and my prayers for all the strength and will needed. God bless you Chuck, and save a couple spots up there for us.
Marcos and Aurora Gutierrez left a message on January 12, 2023:
Our sincerest condolences in grief to the LaBracke family! And to our great friend and mentor Chuck our prayers and thanks. His enthusiasm, motivation and nobility will live forever in our hearts. With love Marcos and Aurora
Marcos and Aurora Gutierrez left a message on January 12, 2023:
Nuestras más sinceras condolencias en su pena a la familia LaBracke ! Y para nuestro gran amigo y mentor Chuck nuestras oraciones y agradecimiento. Su entusiasmo, motivación y nobleza vivirán por siempre en nuestro corazón. Con Amor Marcos y Aurora
Marcos and Aurora Gutierrez left a message on January 12, 2023:
Our sincere condolences to the LaBracke family and our eternal love for Chuck who always lives in our hearts
Andy Jones left a message on January 12, 2023:
As a colleague of Chuck’s, I can attest to the essence of his positive, supportive spirit within the cookware business. He was creative, easy to talk to, a good listener and great communicator who was very much admired and respected.
Karen Trepton left a message on January 10, 2023:
John, Sandy and family. Dave and I send our sincere condolences on Chuck’s passing. It’s never easy, and we never seem prepared to say goodbye to our loved ones. We were pleased to have known him. We send prayers for peace for your entire family.
Richard Fannin left a message on January 10, 2023:
I enjoyed working with Chuck for many years .He was always positive and was a pleasure to work RIP
Krause Funeral Home & Cremation Services left a message:
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