Orlando "Pancho" Palesse
April 12, 1923 - January 2, 2022
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Krause Funeral Home New Berlin
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New Berlin, WI 53151
Sunday 1/9, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Krause Funeral Home New Berlin
12401 West National Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151
Sunday 1/9, 6:00 pm

Private family burial at Wisconsin Memorial Park on January 10th.



Memorials in Pancho’s name may be made to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Wisconsin.

Orlando “Pancho” Palesse passed away peacefully on January 2, 2022 at the age of 98. Loving husband of Dorothy (nee Schmus) for 55 years.  Adored father of Paul (Lynne), Mike (Tomee), Cathy, Mary, Lisa Pederson (Jim), and John (Lori) with whom he modeled his core values:  integrity, hard work, kindness, and honesty. Cherished uncle of…

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Caroline Ognenoff left a message on January 12, 2022:
I loved observing Pancho enjoy all the activities/accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, and great-children. 98 years of great living, Pancho! May you rest in Peace in God's loving arms!
Joe Krueger left a message on January 9, 2022:
My condolences to the Palesse family. As others have stated, Mr Palesse was a kind and patient person. I was blessed to grow on Jackson Drive, a neighborhood where everyone truly cared for one another. Upon the news of his passing, I reminisced and have this vivid memory of Pancho pitching a whiffle ball to me, I can hear him telling me "Keep your eye on the ball Joe". Myself having zero hand eye coordination he pitched so I could hit it and help build my confidence. Twenty-three bombing missions, wow, thank you Mr. Palesse for your service. I was told that the men in those days were only required to do twenty. Pancho obviously put his love country before himself. I regret not being able to attend the service due a confirmed case of covid in my office on Friday. God bless to Pancho and the entire Palesse Family. Joe Krueger
Lauren Laffranchini left a message on January 6, 2022:
My sincerest condolences on the loss of Pancho. He was my neighbor growing up and he was always so friendly to my sister and I and our family. He was also up for a conversation even with us kids, never got mad if our toys went into his yard, and was always eager to teach us something. I enjoyed growing up near him and wanted you to know that he had a great impact on my childhood. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Michael Matic left a message on January 5, 2022:
Mike My condolence to you and all of the Paleesse family. Mike Matic
Gene Haas left a message on January 5, 2022:
I worked with Pancho at Harnischfegers, played on the basketball team and baseball team. He was one of the finest persons I ever met...and was one of the most gifted persons I knew. I refereed basketball with him a couple of years and he was one of the best. But, his interest in seeing others enjoy playing softball was what distinguished him from the rest...he was truly a PEOPLE PERSON. He will be remembered.
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Fred Fischbach left a message on January 5, 2022:
Pancho was a good man & set an excellent example for all of us who knew him. He shall be missed, but, always remembered. He was an A+ Sheepshead player & coached our company softball team, many memories, all good. Rest In Peace ...
Nancy Ketchpaw left a message on January 5, 2022:
We have lost a special man. Pancho was my boss from 1969 until 1983 and my friend until today. Everything I learned about honesty, integrity, and positive values Pancho taught me. All my successes are because he was my mentor. Rest in peace friend. Because of covid, I will probably not be at the service but OP's smile will always live in my heart.
Dave Kelliher left a message on January 4, 2022:
it was an absolute pleasure to know Pancho and throughout that time not once did he ever disappoint me or forego the principals by which he lived. He was the best basketball official I have ever known and set a bar of performance that so many of us attempted to meet without ever being as good as he was for so long. I will miss his enthusiasm for life and wonder if anyone will ever give to others as much as he did in his life. Rest well my friend and you will be missed by so many. God bless his family and thanks for sharing him with us.
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