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April 24, 2014
I had the great pleasure of working with Jon Peter, Tom Hammer and Dan Blinka in 1977-78 when I worked as an intern at the DA's office and we were assigned to a retrial of a double homicide.

It was quite impressive that one of the first prosecutors I ever met was a member of the ACLU - or so I was told. Pete taught so many young lawyers to be prepared, to research everything and to be honest in our search for truth and justice. He would never even come close to any line. He was, truthfully, incorruptible and a man of the utmost integrity. Yet he had and shared with us all a great sense of humor.

You are lucky to have had such a great mentor as your father and we were lucky to have shared this earth with him even for a moment.
January 23, 2014
Jon Peter was a giant in the law. So many others have spoken eloquently of his passion and integrity. I can only second their sentiments and memories.

Jon Peter was everything a prosecutor should be. Fair, open minded and driven by a pursuit of the truth.

As a young defense attorney, he had a profound and positive effect on me. I admired him greatly.

He will be missed.

What was said of his hero Lincoln may now be said of him, "He now belongs to the ages."

I am sorry for your loss. God Bless.

Edward J. Hunt
January 21, 2014
I have many memories of Uncle Pete; the memories encompass many different phases of both his life and mine. As a little girl, Uncle Pete was my very doting uncle. He taught me how to play chess at an early age and equipped me with my very own briefcase in the third grade. I was thrilled to have received such a mature gift. That briefcase, and the requisite inscription inside, put a smile on my face for many years - especially when my own young son recycled it to play secret agent. I am old enough, but not really that old, to remember when Uncle Pete became a husband and a father four times. He became a surrogate dad for me when we both lost his brother, my dad, at the age of 46. After the birth of my son, he embraced a “Grandpa Genrich” role and kept the memory of my dad alive. The exchanges between my son and Uncle Pete confirmed what I had always suspected…. the love of baseball, history, and politics is genetically based in the Genrich family. (In keeping with that thought, Uncle Pete insisted on buying my son his first baseball glove. Ironically, the first Little League team he used it for in Michigan was the Brewers.) Our summer “meanders” of Wisconsin usually included stops in Milwaukee to catch a Brewer's game with Uncle Pete. To watch Uncle Pete and my son take in baseball games together while conversing about baseball and politics was priceless. Each summer the game-day conversations were wonderfully similar but just more cerebral. As much as I love baseball, I loved watching the two of them more than the game. The baseball games between my son and Uncle Pete eventually were replaced with conversations outside the stadium about colleges, college courses – Law & Society, upcoming elections, summer DC internships, and of course, baseball. I wish we could have had him for more phases of our lives, but I know my life, and that of my family, was enhanced by Uncle Pete. He will be greatly missed, but “Love is Eternal”.
January 17, 2014
Wow! What an impressive, beautiful tribute to my "Uncle Pete"! There are countless childhood memories that I have from visiting Wauwatosa! I would always look forward to making this trip from Eau Claire to visit Aunt Susan, Uncle Pete and my 4 cousins! It was always an adventure taking the bus to downtown Milwaukee. This is where I was able to go to my first and only Brewer game, the Mayfair Mall, and the Milwaukee Zoo! I also have a memory of walking, for what seemed like miles and miles, to go to the movie Star Wars when it first came out! Pete was the leader of the pack, walking so fast...I remember wondering how those short legs could clip right along at such a swift speed;) However, he would always make sure everyone would stay together to be safe. AHH- and the aroma of the gourmet meals that were always served in the Genrich house!! I also remember playing ball outside for hours in the backyard; and if my 43 yr. old memory serves me correctly, we would walk a few blocks to a creek/ravine and play there too-(of course we would do this when Uncle Pete was at work so he would not be worried that we would be in danger!) Pete was very protective of his family and cared for them a great deal. Oh, how I miss those visits! The tall, brick house with the stained-glass windows, along with the winding staircase with black and white shag carpet that led to our STEAM SHOWERS upstairs! Finally, I cannot forget to mention the countless hours of BOARD GAMES we played every night-(clue, battleship, scrabble, dominoes, war, charades...a never-ending list!) The most vivid memory of Pete that I have when I close my eyes is of him sitting in his chair, next to the floor lamp, reading a book or the newspaper! It seemed as though he was always reading something...It is evident that Pete valued being a life-long learner. These are memories that I will always hold and wanted to share with you. David, Tommy, Elizabeth and Danny- you wrote a remarkable, inspiring tribute to your dad. I am certain that you have all reflected and learned from your dad's successes, knowledge, amazing gifts he had to offer, along with his mistakes and have applied these to your own lives. You will always have your memories of what a truly incredible individual he was!
Love you all, Jenny
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