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Obituary: Pedro L. “Pete” Cruz, Sr.

Waukesha man died Saturday at age 72.

Pedro L. “Pete” Cruz, Sr., of Waukesha, died on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 72.

He was born in Harlingen, Texas, on March 6, 1940, the son of Ricardo and Dorotea (nee Lerma) Cruz. Pete owned and operated Pete’s Place, Pete & Danny’s and the Cruz Club.  While owner of Pete’s Place he sponsored softball teams and he enjoyed running a billards league in Waukesha. He was a member of the Waukesha Tavern League.

He will be sadly missed by his son Pedro (Rose) Cruz, Jr. and his daughter Diana (Salvador) Martinez both of Waukesha, his grandchildren: Salvador, Jr., Antonio, Martin, Victoria and Marcos Martinez, and Gina, Daniel, Jr., Miranda, Dylan and Hayleh Cruz and his two great-grandchildren Yesenia and Antonio, Jr.  He is further survived by his siblings: Fidencio (Tomasa) Cruz, twin brother Pablo (Susie) Cruz, Maria “Cuca” (the late Eziquiel, Sr.) Mendez, Carmela (the late Andres) Perez, Chelo (Santos) Saenz, Elvira (Max) Garza, Eduvijes (the late Jose) Lara, the late Ricardo (Rebecca) Cruz, the late Nasario (Herminia) Cruz and the late Juan (Leonor) Cruz along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his son Daniel Cruz on Nov. 7, 2005, and by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha.  A prayer service will be held Thursday at 6 PM.   Visitation continues on Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at First Assembly of God, 1314 S. Grand Ave. Waukesha. Rev. Todd Pope and Rev. Ryan Mustered will preside.  Graveside services will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at (262) 547-4035, or visit our website at http://www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.

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