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Ralph Charles Ganswindt Was born on June 12, 1934, in Burlington, Wisconsin to Elmer and Bernice (née Luebbers) Ganswindt. Ralph grew up in Burlington with his sister Audrey (John) Martinson. He attended Burlington High School, graduating in 1952. He was then trained as an accountant at UW Madison, earning his Masters in Accounting degree in 1957. Ralph served in the US Army, serving during the Berlin Crisis and earning a Distinguished Service Citation during his service. Ralph began his professional career on April 1, 1958. He worked at Arthur Anderson & Co, eventually becoming a partner. Upon his retirement in 1990, he began teaching accounting at UW Milwaukee until 2000. Carla and Ralph met at a young age. Their parents were good friends, and eventually Ralph convinced Carla that he was her knight in shining armor. On August 7, 1960 they were married at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Ralph and Carla were blessed with four children: Scott (Ilana); twins Pamela and Patrick, and Kathleen. Ralph truly enjoyed spending time with his family. Through the years they had many adventures including road trips, cruises, camping, and a yearly trip to Hayward, Wisconsin that continues to this day. Ralph instituted a "Friday night Family Dinner" while the kids were growing up. It became a weekly tradition that no one wants to miss. It has grown to include the grandkids and his great grandson and will continue long into the future. Ralph loved serving his Lord, and he served faithfully in many roles. He began as an organist at Cross Lutheran in Burlington when he was in high school. He then served as organist at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitefish Bay from 1959 to 1972 and was also president of the congregation. He again served as organist along with choir director and financial secretary at St. Paul Lutheran in Hilton, NY. Once he moved to Elm Grove Lutheran Church, he continued as a part time choir director and organist for a few years. He is probably most known for his volunteer work as the congregation's comptroller and financial guru for a total of 38 years. In addition to all of his work at various churches, Ralph served on the Lutheran High School Board of Directors, the Concordia Century Club Board, the Bethesda Board, the Valparaiso University Parent's Council, and the LAMP Board of Directors. Music became a part of family life for the Ganswindts. Ralph made sure that each and every one of his kids loved music as much as he did. He taught them all how to harmonize, how to read music, and he made sure they all played at least one instrument. He loved to show off the family's musical talent, so from a young age, the Ganswindts were often found singing at nursing homes and hospitals, and he loved it when the family was asked to sing in church. When his 4 kids sang the National Anthem before a Brewer game a few years ago, he made sure that every person - stranger and friend alike, knew about it. After moving back to Wisconsin, the Ganswindt house became the place to hang out, and Ralph became "Dad" to many. Ralph didn't miss a single event in his children's lives. Between being a youth counselor, attending all the band and choir concerts, swim meets, volleyball games, and softball games, it kept him busy! Ralph (Pappy) loved his grandchildren and was often surrounded by them. He treasured the time he spent with Taylor (Alex), Jeremy, Allison, Nicholas, Benjamin, Hannah, and Joshua. He was excited to become a Great Grandfather, and loved spending time as "The Great Papster" with his great grandson, Landon. As he had done with his children, he was always there to cheer them on at their various activities. God blessed Ralph with a long, full, and enriched life. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, bowling leagues, dart ball, weekly card games, telling jokes, crossword puzzles, and of course, singing with many different choirs and groups. He also loved to travel. Ralph and Carla went on many trips, taking them all around the globe. At the core and center of Ralph's life was his faith in our Lord and Savior. In hard times as well as good, his faith never wavered. It is his faith that gives us comfort as we say goodbye. Ralph joined his Savior on October 9, 2017. Beloved husband of 55 years to the late Carla (Nee Stabelfeldt). Dear father of Scott (Ilana), Pam, Patrick, and Kathy Ganswindt. Brother of Audrey (John) Martinson. Proud Pappy to 7 grandchildren and "The Great Papster" to 1 great grandson. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Elm Grove Lutheran Church are appreciated. Visitation Saturday, October 14, 2017 at ELM GROVE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 945 Terrace Dr. from 9:30AM until the time of service at 11:30AM. Private interment at WMP. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth. Yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labor, for their works will follow." Revelation 14:13

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