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Quartaro was Lannon village president 25 years - Friends say he was dedicated to serving community's residents

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Friday, January 29, 1999
Author: VIKKI ORTIZ, Journal Sentinel staff

If Nick Quartaro 's funeral Saturday is anything like his life, St. James Church in Menomonee Falls will be packed with well-wishers.

Many of those close to the former Lannon village president of 25 years said Thursday he was a master at getting along with others, and that made him a good civic leader, a supportive father and a lifelong friend.

Quartaro died Tuesday after a five-year battle with cancer. He was 68.

"He loved Lannon , and he loved all the people in Lannon ," said Bill Reilly, Quartaro 's old college roommate who went to work with Quartaro as Lannon village attorney for several years. "He never told me why he loved it, but it was obvious," Reilly said.

Quartaro was elected village president by a write-in vote in 1962 after village residents convinced him he was the perfect person for the job, his wife, Patricia, said.

Nick Quartaro , the son of Lannon 's village bartender and barber [Cuono "Peanuts" Quartaro], was trusted by people to keep the community's best interests in mind, his wife said. He did this to the best of his ability, she added.

When village residents hotly debated installing sewage systems, Quartaro patiently listened to all sides. When Highway 74 was built during his tenure, Quartaro insisted on including gutters and sidewalks so people could walk along the thoroughfare.

"He was always trying to make it better in Lannon . He listened to the people, and he did what he felt was best," his wife said.

Nick Quartaro worked for 42 years in positions that included partner and managing partner for an accounting firm, Conley-McDonald of Brookfield. When that firm merged with one that handled the village's accounting work, Quartaro agreed to resign as village president in 1986 to avoid a conflict of interest.

Even after his resignation, he stayed in touch with his friends in office. Quartaro loved getting together with the other trustees to beat them at sheepshead. He saw his friends at church gatherings and at neighborhood taverns, Reilly said.

Quartaro managed to have plenty of time for his home and family, whether it was coaching Little League, teaching his children football or using his treasured John Deere tractor to cut the grass, his wife said.

"He had strengths in so many fields. He loved people," she said. "I know this is going to be quite a large funeral."

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Service, N84-W17937 Menomonee Ave., Menomonee Falls.

The services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, W220-N6588 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

Besides his wife, Quartaro is survived by his mother, Mary; sisters, Diane (Steve) Sobieski and Marietta (Ron) Marshall; sons, Anthony (Linda) and Andrew (Heather); daughters Mary Quartaro and Carrie (Jay) Madderom; and two grandchildren.

Memorials to the cancer department of the Medical College of Wisconsin were suggested.

Death Notice

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Thursday, January 28, 1999
Quartaro , Nicholas D. "Nick" Of Oconomowoc, formerly of Lannon , Jan. 26, 1999, after his courageous battle with cancer at the age of 68 years. Beloved husband of Pat (nee Kearns). Loving father of Anthony (Linda), Carrie (Jay) Madderom, Mary and Andrew (Heather) Quartaro . Dear grandpa of Madeline and Kelly. Loving son of Mary and the late Cuono Quartaro . Dear brother of Diane (Steve) Sobieski, Marietta (Ron) Marshall and the late Madelyn Johns. Also survived by his buddy Reilly. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sat. Jan. 30, 1999 at 3 PM at St. James Catholic Church, W220 N6588 Townline Rd., Menomonee Falls (MEET AT CHURCH). Burial St. James Church Cemetery. Visitation Sat. 11 AM-2:30 PM AT THE FUNERAL HOME. Memorials to the Cancer Dept. of the Medical College of Wisconsin appreciated. Nick was the Village President of Lannon from 1962-1987. He was a partner and managing partner in the accounting firm of Conley-McDonald for 42 years. SCHMIDT& BARTELT A.A. SCHMIDT & SONS Menomonee at Town Hall Rd. Menomonee Falls


Quartaro , Mary

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - Friday, April 25, 2003
Quartaro , Mary (nee Alloy) Lifetime resident of Lannon , WI, April 23, 2003 age 95 years. Beloved wife of the late Cuono. Loving mother of Diane (Steve) Sobieski, Marietta (Ron) Marshall, late Madelyn (late Stan)Johns and the late Nick (Patricia) Quartaro . Dear Gramma of Mike (Debi) Johns, Tony (Linda) Quartaro , Carrie (Jay) Madderom, Mary Quartaro , Andy (Heather) Quartaro , Julie (Joe) Malucha, Stacie Sobieski, Steve (Kelly) Sobieski, Heather Sobieski, Tom (Amy) Marshall and Nate (Amy) Marshall. Dear sister-in-law of Sylvia and Joan Alloy. Further survived by 12 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Sat. April 26, 2003 at 11AM at St. James Catholic Church, W220 N6588 Town Line Rd., Menomonee Falls. Burial Church Cemetery. Visitation Sat., 9:30AM until the time of the Mass at the Church. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. James Building Fund, Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Community Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Center. Mary was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Menomonee Falls for 68 years, the oldest continuous member of St. James and the "Den Mother" for the Lannon Lions. SCHMIDT & BARTELT A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Service Menomonee Falls (262)251-3630