Robert Bretl Obituary

Robert  Bretl
Robert Bretl

February 14, 1933 - October 27, 2016
Resided in Menominee, MI
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Robert Bretl, 83 of Menominee, passed away Thursday October 27, 2016. He was born February 14, 1933 in Menominee to Frank and Isabel (Wautlet) Bretl
He resided in the Menominee area all of his life and was a graduate of Menominee High School. Robert then went on to work as an engineer at Signal, Enstrom, Bay Electric, Erda, and later in his career he was a founding partner at Needs-Mett, Inc. He married Cecelia Bayerl on June 2, 1956 and together they raised nine children. Bob was a long time member of North Shore Golf Club as well as the American Legion. He truly lived for his family and did everything in his power to make life good for all. He loved camping with the family, pulling kids behind the boat on skis, gardening, and fire making. Bob was an inventor, holding numerous patents spanning many industries and helped Enstrom Helicopter with control designs that remain unique within the industry to this day. His inventions also included unconventional golf clubs to go with his passion for the sport which he shared with family and friends. He will be sorely missed but we know he is reunited with his beloved wife and daughter and leaves all of us with treasured memories.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cecelia "Cookie"; daughter, Sara; brothers, Frank, Don, and Dick; and sister Lorraine (LaCombe)
Survived by Children: Tim (Traci) Bretl, Mary (Steve) VanDomelen, Kathy (Rob) Rosen, Julie (Scott) LaFleur, Carol (Scott) Paavola, Jim (Liz) Bretl, Joanne (Tony) Furton, Frank (Lesley) Bretl; Grandchildren: Brandon Bretl, Bob Bretl, Tiffany Bretl, Stephen VanDomelen, Tyler VanDomelen, Dan VanDomelen, Paisley Robards, Brittany Robards, Nicole LaFleur, Laura LaFleur-Moskoff, Sara Storm, Mandy Paavola, Lucas Paavola, Brett Paavola, Max Bretl, Isabelle Bretl, Anna Bretl, Marc Furton, Alison Furton, Lindsey Furton, and Kate Breitling; Great Grandchildren: Ryder Bretl, Luca Bretl, Chase Bretl, Emma Bretl, Solomon Miller, Adalyn VanDomelen, Sienna VanDomelen, Ben Pearson, Hartley Storm Jensyn Storm, Jaden Schuster, Noah Schuster, Rain Leaus, and Cooper Cann-Furton; Brothers: Warren (Shirley) Bretl, and Mike (Dorothy) Bretl, and Sister Linda (Don) DuPont
Friends may call at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Birch Creek on Monday, October 31, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of the soul of Robert Bretl will be celebrated immediately following by Father Michael Ocran. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.

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Holy Redeemer Church
5541 Birch Creek Rd.
Menominee, MI
Monday, October 31, 2016
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Holy Redeemer Church
5541 Birch Creek Rd.
Menominee, MI
Monday, October 31, 2016
11:00 AM