Vincent Galbavy Sr.
On December 21, 2016, after long and healthy years, Vincent Galbavy Sr. said goodbye to his family and friends for "the real journey". God welcomed our dad, grandpa, and friend to His kingdom just as He promised. The family couldn't be happier for his new home; but selfishly we will miss his sense of humor, work ethic, love of the Packers, Brewers, and Badgers, love for the game of golf, and strong handshakes that squeezed the life out of your hand. You knew Vince loved you if he delivered a good natured punch on your arm that left bruises the next day!
Vince was born on Sept. 5, 1929 in Lannon, WI to Stella and Vincent Galbavy, and remained in and around this community his entire life. He attended Lannon Elementary and Menomonee Falls High School during the 1940s only through the 10th Grade, as his family needed him to work to make ends meet. When he was 21 years old, he met the love of his life, Grace Malson at a wedding. They were married shortly thereafter in January of 1952. Vince worked at American Motors as a union steward for 2 years; that was a pivotal moment in his life, as he was often told to "slow down" his work, which he didn't like! He was then introduced to the art of stonecutting at Wislanco, where he remained for 8 years. During that time, he saved enough money to build their first home in 1957 on Antler Dr. in Good Hope Subdivision. To earn extra money during the winter, he picked up a 2nd job driving a school bus for a couple of years.
When he was 27 years old, his most impressive venture was securing a small loan from Bob Goode at Farmers & Merchants Bank to acquire the legendary "quarry". United Stone Corporation was born, and has been a viable competitor ever since. Through a mix of good years and bad, Vince's relentless ambition allowed him to build a stonecutting business which not only provided for his 6 kids, but also promoted and instilled a work ethic into his sons and daughters.
Not only did the quarry provide stability, but the waterhole created by the natural spring offered a great place for his family and friends to swim and fish. It was as if the family had their own small, private lake to enjoy all by themselves in the Summers. Often times, Vince would approach uninvited guests wanting to engage in the fun provided by the waterhole...Vince would approach them to let them know they were trespassing, to which they would reply, "Well we didn't see any signs saying that this was private property!". Vince's signature sarcastic reply was, "Oh that's right, the settlers haven't been here yet.
He loved a cold Pabst, a hot fire in his fireplace, making "crock" pickles, playing golf, enjoying Millie's Italian sausages at the State Fair, watching Brewers, Packers, and Badgers, playing Keshena slot machines, scratching off lottery tickets at the kitchen table, and sitting on his front patio counting the cars and watching his grandkids play baseball and football.
Vince is survived by his wife, Grace, of 64 years; and 6 children: Janean (Roger) Julien, Nancy (Ken) Podewils, Vince Galbavy, Jr., Michael (Jenny) Galbavy, Dan (Brenda) Galbavy and Daryl (Amy) Galbavy. Vince's 7 Grandchildren (Jenny, Tony, Gina, Sherry, Hannah, Benjamin, and Berlin) and 7 Great-Grandchildren are among his biggest fans. Vince was preceded in death by his brother Stan Galbavy and his sister Pauline Schmackle. His family wishes to thank the kind and capable staff at Silverado Brookfield for creating a warm and peaceful place for him to rest in his final days. Memorials may be made to the Waukesha County Humane Society as Vince had a genuine love for dogs.
Visitation will be Thurs. Dec. 29 from 3 PM to 6 PM at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Menomonee Falls. The Funeral Service will be at 6 PM at the Funeral Home. Private entombment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield.
SCHMIDT & BARTELT
A.A. Schmidt & Sons
Funeral and Cremation Services
N84 W17937 Menomonee Ave.