William died on July 19, 2014, at age 89. He was born in Great Falls, MT to Matilda and Joseph Petesch on April 25, 1925.
He is preceded in death by his nephew, Joe Stevenson; and brother, Donald Petesch from Lewistown, MT.
Donald's children are Greg, Doug, Mark, and Brother Alban. William is also survived by his sister, Shirley and brother-in-law, Maynard Stevenson and their children, Mary Ann MD, Charlotte, John and Anne. William was married to Dorothy Louise Carroll from 1966 until her death in 2009. He remained a widower. William was drafted into the US Army's 89th Infantry Division during WWII and served as a rifleman of Company F, 353rd Regiment in Germany and received a Bronze Star for heroism under fire. William used his regular pass days to learn about art and music; with constant visits to museums, operas and musical performances throughout Europe. William was a lifelong learner and art collector. He obtained his B.A. Degree at Montana State University and subsequently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Librarianship. While employed at the College of Great Falls in Montana he met his wife, Dorothy. William and Dorothy moved to Palo Alto due to William's job as Librarian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and they were married in 1966. William then became a Catalogue Librarian at California State Univeristy, Fresno and worked at the Henry Madden Library until his retirement in 1986. During retirement, William and Dorothy traveled extensively and favored India, and the continents of Africa and Europe. These travels imported numerous art pieces into their home museum. William and Dorothy remained childless throughout their marriage. In 1989 they "adopted" newly engaged CSUF students, Desiree and Emmett Castro, into their family. Soon, grandchildren Gabrielle and Ethan were able to fulfill another void in their lives. To William and Dorothy's delight, both kids became artists and musicians. William J. Petesch's Memorial Service will be held on August 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA 93710, (559) 436-3434.