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Otto J. Zaruba

May 8, 1933 ~ March 5, 2022 (age 88)


Otto James Zaruba, 88, of Mukwonago, WI passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at his home.

Otto was born on May 8, 1933 in Chicago, IL the son of Tony Zaruba and Anna Tomasek. Otto worked as a Linotypist in the printing industry for the majority of his working career. After Otto finished his schooling, he began his work in Iowa before transferring to Fond du Lac, WI. After some time in Fond du Lac, he worked for the C. W. Brown Company in Oconomowoc before transferring to Milwaukee where he would finish his career with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1998. Otto had a strong work ethic and took pride in his job and doing it well. He was a perfectionist and liked things organized. He kept his home and yard in great shape and made sure chores were done before taking it easy. Otto loved the outdoors. Hunting and fishing were some of his favorite activities to do outside. He instilled a love for the outdoors in his family as well. He also loved Culver’s and even worked there for awhile during his retirement years for fun. Otto had a stubborn streak in him, and did not have a problem getting his point across, but he truly had a heart of gold and thought of other’s needs before his own. He was a loving dad, grandpa and great grandpa. His family loved him dearly and they will greatly miss him.

He is survived by: his son, Max (Sherry) Zaruba of Eagle, WI; his daughter, Delinda (Johnny) Quintero of Mukwonago, WI; his four grandchildren, Max Zaruba of Pewaukee, WI, Tommy Zaruba of Alabama, Katie (Alex) Smith of North Prairie, WI, and Shyair Quintero of La Crosse, WI; and his two dear great-granddaughters, Emma and Elyse. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Otto is preceded in death by his parents, and his three sisters.

Per Otto’s wishes, no formal services will be held.

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