In Memory

Peter Cepukenas

Peter Cepukenas

Peter contracrted the  Corona Virus (COVID-19) and spent 8 days in ICU where he either had a stroke or other problem and was prononced dead without the aid and comfort of his wife and children.

Hoping he knew how much he was loved by his family.


Pete Cepukenas

On Monday, April 6, 2020, Peter J. Cepukenas, loving husband and father of four children and eight grandchildren, passed away at the age of 76. Pete was born on August 23, 1943 in Racine, WI to Peter & Muriel Cepukenas. On September 11, 1965, he married Rita Marian Daniels and was the father of four children: Craigh (Diane), Tim, Michelle Maier (Joe) and Joel (Stacy); and the proud grandfather of Allison, Emma, Michael, Alyssa, Zachary, Dominik, Mackenzie, and Lauren. Pete is also survived by sister Ann Williams (Bob) and brother Dean (Joan). Pete graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in Racine, WI in 1962 and later from (RTI) Racine Technical Institute. He began his 33 year career as a process engineer at Emerson Insinkerator in 1964. The family cherishes memories of the many holidays spent together and endless Wisconsin summers filled with gatherings of extended family and friends. Pete retired at 55 and felt blessed to be able to winter in Florida and then eventually to live there year round. He absolutely loved it there and his love was much deeper than just great weather. It was the many friends, the community that he adored, and the ability to stay active year round. Anyone who knew Pete knows that he loved Wisconsin Sports (Packers, Brewers & Badgers—he did not discriminate) and golf. On Pete’s love of playing golf, it is noteworthy that he had 7 hole-in-one’s in his lifetime (for those trying to do the math on how that is possible, one estimate is he played over 10,000 rounds of golf over +50 years). He was known for his strong work ethic, always being “on-the-go," his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. Planning funeral services while our nation is battling a pandemic creates more than a few logistical challenges. In light of these challenges, the family will have a celebration of Pete’s life when we are all able to resume our daily lives and gather in large groups. The timing is to be determined but we look forward to communicating the details as soon as possible. In lieu of flowers, we would like to encourage a donation in his name to St. Jude’s Research Hospital fighting childhood cancer. Arrangements entrusted with HIERS-BAXLEY Funeral & Cremation Life Event Center, 352-775-7427. Sentiments may be left online at

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04/14/20 05:27 PM #1    

John McNamee

Rest in Peace good buddy -  We know that your grandparents and parents will greet you with open arms but, unfortunately we won't be able to see your infectious smile and laugh - but we will endure with the memories you left.

John & Mary (Clancy) McNamee

04/14/20 05:30 PM #2    

John McNamee

Per Peter Cepuenas - 2011

When Peter announced his retirement from InSinkErator Corporation, where he had worked for some 33 years, he was asked what was the source of his drive, initiative, and hard work that had provided him such success in corporate America in the 20th century.

  Peter replied that he always kept the following statement over his desk, in whatever postion he held,....

   There are two kinds of people in life: people who like their jobs, and people who don't work here anymore.

04/15/20 11:51 AM #3    

Mark Engelbreth

I'll never forget ,after Pete and Rita's wedding we went to a ball park down by the Root River and played ball. Rita sat on the bench with her wedding dress on and kept score. They both loved sports so much!

04/15/20 04:12 PM #4    

Dick Petrick

Pete and I attended St. Mary's Grade School. We were both altar boys and boy scouts in St. Mary's Troop 2. Pete was the only one in our troop who acheived the rank of Eagle Scout when we were in 8th grade.  He was a good friend in grade school, but as things often happen, we lost touch in high school and after. He was a good guy. May he rest in peace. 


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