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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:57

Edward V. “Eddie” Semrad, age 92, passed away very peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.  
He was born on Oct. 5, 1925, in Milwaukee as the fourth of five children to Mary (nee Miracky) and Vincent Semrad.  
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Yvonne; son Tom (Kathleen) of New Berlin; three daughters, Jeanne (Nick Dikio) of Los Alamitos, Calif., Margaret (Tim Colombe) of Pewaukee and Mary (Rolf Fredrick) of St. Charles, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, John, Mark, Danny (Semrad), Lauren, Kristen (Dikio), Chris, Andy (Colombe), Amy, Ryan, Kevin and Karen (Fredrick); and two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Collin.  
He is also survived by his sisters Mary Ann Schaefer and Betty McDermott and sister-in-law Betty Semrad.  
He was preceded in death by his bothers John and Frank.
Edward, fondly nicknamed “Eddie," graduated from Messmer High School in 1943.  
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 66th Infantry “Panthers” Unit for Battle of Bulge combat duty in World War II. He was sent overseas in December 1943, boarding the S.S. Leopoldville, but just hours prior to sailing to Europe he was transferred onto the S.S. Cheshire transport ship. On Christmas Eve 1943, the S.S. Leopoldville was torpedoed and sunk only five miles off the coast of England. The S.S. Cheshire survived.
From 1944 to 1945, Eddie served in parts of France and in Vienna, Austria.  
After returning home to the United States, he fulfilled his college dream by attending Marquette University, receiving a degree in mechanical engineering.  
In 1949, he married the ‘love of his life’ Yvonne (nee Frank) and honeymooned at Three Lakes.  
His first job was with Allis Chalmers, followed by A.C. Spark Plug, which became GM Delco Electronics. At GM Delco, he worked in various engineering and managerial positions related to computer guidance systems for the Apollo spacecraft moon missions, along with various aircraft companies. During the 1960s, he traveled to work closely with NASA spacecraft engineers in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and with computer engineers at MIT in Boston.  He retired from GM Delco in 1986.
Following retirement, Eddie and Yvonne enjoyed winters in Palm Springs, Calif., and especially at Countryside Country Club in Naples, Fla. Together and individually, they both were involved in golf leagues, bowling leagues, card clubs with high school friends and the Holy Name Society, and were ushers at Lumen Christi Catholic Church in Mequon and really enjoyed July 4th fireworks with their family.  From 1994 to 2008, their children and grandchildren always gathered for a very special week of fishing, swimming, golfing and meals together "Up North" in Eagle River.
A Mass of Christian burial  was held Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Lumen Christi Catholic Parish in Mequon.  Father Matthew Jacob officiated.
Burial was at Lumen Christi Catholic Cemetery.   
Special thanks to the entire staff at AngelsGrace for their caring medical and prayerful support.   
The family would appreciate any donations be made to Messmer High School in Milwaukee to assist their STEM engineering program, 742 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53206.
Cesarz Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Waukesha, handled the arrangements.

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