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Ulvis Katlaps


1968 - 2013 | Notice Condolences
Ulvis Katlaps Notice
Katlaps, Ulvis Age 45, born on March 20, 1968, in Riga, Latvia, passed away on August 20, 2013, in Waukesha, WI. Early in his childhood, he discovered his passion for the game of hockey. He enjoyed a remarkable playing career including professional hockey in the Soviet Elite League for Dinamo Riga, college hockey for the Wisconsin Badgers, and for his home club in Riga, Saga. Ulvis also won a gold medal competing in the World Junior Championships for the Soviet Union. Off the ice, Ulvis's greatest pride was the love he shared with his wife, Kelly, two children Zach and Sydney, and Bulldog, Stanley. He is also the son of Elmars and the late Velta of Riga, Latvia. Son-in-law of Jim and Carol Vanderveldt, brother-in-law of Tracey (Kevin) Scharnek, Jamie (Andrea) Vanderveldt, and Nicole (Joe) Scrima. Uncle of Chase, Riley, McKenna, Kayden, Alexandra, Jake, Sophia, Casey, and the late Will. Further survived by the Repins Family, the Bukarts Family, other special Latvian Friends and Family and the Hockey community here and abroad. His favorite hobbies included golf, soccer, tennis, Formula 1 racing, and watching his legendary team the Detroit Red Wings. His education achievements included a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ulvis also was passionate about his work at Skylands Capital as a Trader. Some of the most fulfilling moments came from coaching for the Wisconsin AAA and Milwaukee Jr. Admirals youth hockey clubs over the last 12 years. His charisma, wit, and charm drew respect from all who met him and allowed him to develop everlasting friendships from all facets of life, He was a natural born leader and role model, helping many young hockey players achieve their dreams both on and off the ice. Ulvis has touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and members of the Wisconsin and Latvian hockey communities. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 6:00 PM, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation Wednesday at the church 3:00 PM until time of mass at 6:00 PM. Private Interment Wisconsin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used for his children's scholarship fund.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 25, 2013
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