Of Jackson, MI joined his beloved wife, Helen, of 71 years and son Dan in Heaven peacefully on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the age of 97, under the loving care of his family and staff at Summit Park Assisted Living. In addition, he was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Caroline; brothers, Karl, Howard, and Harold Breitenwischer. Waldo is survived by his daughter, Kathy (Jimmy) Miller; granddaughters, Katie (Doug) Dysert, Jennifer Breitenwischer, Jessica (Justin) Kusserow, Carly (Steve) Anderson, Becky (Toby) Jones, Julia (Jeff) Schultz; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters in-law, Dee Cook and Sally Breitenwischer.
Waldo was born January 22, 1922 and raised on a farm in Manchester, MI the oldest of four sons. After High School graduation he moved to Jackson to attend Jackson Business College where he earned an Accounting Degree. While attending college he worked at International Harvest and Crankshaft Co. He served in the Army Ordinance for two years prior to joining the Certified Public Accounting Firm Young and Skutt in 1951 then became a partner seven years later. He retired from Young, Skutt, & Breitenwischer (now Rehmann & Robson) in 1986. Upon retirement he and Helen traveled extensively with friends throughout the US and abroad. They spent over twenty years as snowbirds in their condo in Venice, Florida where they acquired a new group of close friends. They were members of the Jackson Country Club and Plantation Country Club in Venice. They enjoyed entertaining their large group of friends and neighbors as well as hosting Sunday dinners with their family. Waldo’s hobbies included golf, bridge, gardening, cooking, and traveling. He served his community through a variety of organizations, including: Lions Club, Foote Hospital Auxiliary Board, and the Board of Trustees at First Presbyterian Church. Waldo and Helen also were members of the Winterset and 20/30 dance club, and a potluck group.
Waldo was a devoted, kind, generous, loyal, patient, hardworking husband, father, and grandfather with an amazing memory into his elderly years. He was a role model for his children and grandchildren as to how to love unconditionally and he always put family first. Although his passing leaves a hole in our hearts our lives have been truly blessed because of him. The family is extremely grateful for the loving care he received from the staff during his last five years of living at Summit Park.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 10:30am; Reverend Dr. James D. Hedgedus officiating. Interment at Fifield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church and Ella Sharp Museum. The family will receive friends at Watson Funeral Chapel on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm and on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 10:00am until the time of service.
First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson MI 49201
Ella Sharp Museum
3225 4th Street, Jackson MI 49203