Chet Trebitowski Passes Away

One of the Rome Raiders' biggest supporters, Chet Trebitowski, passed away on September 15, days after his 92nd birthday.

Chet is a 2018 inductee to the Land O' Lakes Hall of Fame. Besides a player for Rome, Chet spent many years doing whatever needed to be done for the Raiders.

Chet was born on September 9, 1927 in the town of Buena Vista in Portage County, the first child of Walter and Regina (nee Buza) Trebitowski. He grew up in Rome where his parents operated the General Store. Chet is a US Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific theatre at the end of WWII. He was also the commander of American Legion Post 513 in Rome and was on an honor flight in 2012.

Chet marred Delores Boos on April 23, 1949. She preceded him in death in 1964. He married Mary Ranguette on July 9, 1971. Chet was employed at Kearney and Trecker in Milwaukee. After retiring, he started working as chief usher at County Stadium and Miller Park. Chet was a Packers and Brewers fan, attending spring training in Arizona annually. Chet was honored by the Brewers as a Hero of the Game on August 24, 2019. He was also an avid bowler and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1994.

Survivors include his wife Mary (nee Ciganek), children Rose (Robert) Gramling of Madison, Janet Whettam (Randy Haut) of Sullivan, Mary Nettesheim (Tom Zautner) of Jefferson, Steve Trebitowski of Watertown and Kevin Trebitowski of Watertown; daughter-in-law Terri Trebitowski of Golden Lake, step-children Chris (Bruce) Ingersoll, MaryAnn (Al) Werning, Jim (Leslie) Ranquette of Sullivan, Cheryl (Dan) Radke of Helenville, JoAnn (Dan) Brinkman of Chetek and Jeanette (Geno) Warren of Oconomowoc, nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 16 step-grandchildren, 29 step-great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-great-grandchildren. siblings Maynard Trebitowski, Lawrence Trebitowski, Leona Acker, Marge Doerrer (all of Phoenix), Irene Eiden of New Haven IN and Harriet Jeffers of Silver Spring MD. Also remembered by numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Chester was preceded in death by his son Dennis Trebitowski,son-in-law Edward Nettesheim, grandson Adam Nettesheim, sister Germaine Beaver and brothers Mike Trebitowski and David "Butch" Trebitowski.

Relatives and friends may join the family on Saturday, September 28, at CHURCH AND CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 380 Bluemound Rd., (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, from 10:00 - 11:45 AM, followed by a memorial service and military honors at 12:00 PM. Inurnment will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

In Memory Of Our League's Founder

The above memorial located at Firemen's Park in Merton is in memory of the founders of the Land O' Lakes Baseball League and Land O' Lakes Old Timers Association, Martin C Weber Sr. and his son, Martin Jr. (photo courtesy of Ellen Sizer, granddaughter of Martin Weber Sr.)

2018 LOL Grand Championship Finals

Game 1 - Sat August 17 - West Bend 7UP 14, Waterford 7
Game 2 - Sun August 18 - West Bend 7UP 13, Waterford 6

West Bend wins the grand championship series 2 games to none.

Land O' Lake Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Announced

The LOL Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 was inducted on Wednesday June 26. Following are the HOF's newest members.

Mickey Pruefer played 25 seasons for Port Washington, West Bend Benders and Grafton. In the mid-1990s, he won a batting championship and most valuable pitcher in consecutive seasons. He joins his father Don, inducted in 2002.

Steve Perkins played 15 seasons for Rome who also was a batting champion and most-valuable pitcher.

Dan Sykes played 19 seasons for Butler and was part of multiple grand championship teams. In all but two of those seasons, Dan was at least a .300 hitter. He joins father Ray and brother Richard in the HOF.

Gary Paige played nine seasons for Sussex and Merton. A lifetime .329 hitter, Gary went five straight seasons batting a minimum of .343.

Steve Zimmerman played for Lannon and Sussex.

John Rozek is this year's winner of the League Meritorious Award. In addition to his involvement with both youth and adult baseball in West Bend, his financial management skills are in demand.

Erine Audley is this year's recipient of the Ray Klink President's Award for his many years of service to LOL and the Merton franchise.

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