Charles “Chuck” Pierotti, age 74, passed away peacefully at his residence while surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Chuck was born, the oldest of four children, on October 13, 1941 to the late Hans and Dorathy (Hansen) Pierotti at their home in Pearl Lake, WI. He graduated from Wautoma High School and continued his education at Oshkosh State College for two years. He then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
Chuck served as City Engineer for the city of Merrill for 34 years until he retired in 2001. During his tenure, he oversaw the building of a sewage treatment facility, the addition of a new water tower and the building of a new water utility building and warehouse. He was also a certified water and wastewater operator and a member of the Wisconsin Wastewater Operator’s Association. He was very active in the Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) where he served as a Small Systems Advocate on the Board of Trustees. He was recognized in 1996 by the Wisconsin Water Association with the Leon A. Smith Award in recognition of distinguished service to the Association and for exceptional activity on behalf of the waterworks industry. In 2000, he was recognized nationally by the American Water Works Association with the George Fuller award for distinguished service to the water supply field, and in particular, for his efforts to champion small systems. In 2007 he received the Wisconsin Water Works Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also very active in the community. He was a member of St. Francis Church, and a past member and officer of the Merrill Jaycees and Kiwanis Clubs. In 1976 he received the Merrill Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. He also served on the Board of Directors of the United Way and Merrill Area Development Corporation and the Merrill Action Committee. He was also a member of the Lincoln Stockmen, Lincoln Sportsmen’s club, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited and Whitetails Unlimited.
Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 53 years: Kathy Pierotti, son: Michael (Cindi) Pierotti, daughter: Kris (John) Tsau, grandchildren: Nicholas Pierotti, Bailey Pierotti, Ryan Tsau and Anika Tsau, sisters: Jane (Jerry) Doro, Janice (Chester) Blader and Peggy (Tom) Heschke and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents: Hans and Dorathy (Hansen) Pierotti.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Chuck will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill. Fr. Jon Gerritts will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 4pm-8pm at Waid Funeral Home, and again on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 9:30am until the 11am Mass, at the church.
Family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation to Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services for their excellent care given to Chuck and to Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh for their outstanding care and compassion they gave to Chuck and his family. In lieu of flowers, family requests that any memorials for Chuck be directed to the River Bend Trail, Water For People, The PolioPlus Program of The Rotary Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation or Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
Waid Funeral Home of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.