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Karter Riley Fitzgerald, 21, died Thursday in a boating accident on the Eau Claire River after snagging a porky bluegill on Lake Altoona and polishing off a picnic lunch under blue skies with his long-time girlfriend.

He is survived by his parents, Kerry and Connie (Pecha) Fitzgerald, and his sister, Kayla. He also leaves his maternal grandparents, Armando and Mary (Pecha) Difonso of Weston; his paternal grandmother, Jane (Fitzgerald) Meyer, and her husband, Richard "Blackie" Meyer of Wausau. Also surviving are three uncles, Ron and Judi (Tritten) Pecha of Wausau and their sons, Tyler and Ryan; Mike and Linnaya Pecha and their children, Riley, Tara, Cooper and Keturah of Colorado; and Kevin and Yvonne (Block) Fitzgerald of Wausau and their children, Brent and Raquel (Fitzgerald) Kremsreiter; aunt Linda Fitzgerald of Wausau; and the love of his life, Emilie Zahurones, along with many wonderful friends.

He was born April 6, 1993, in Wausau, Wis., and raised on the foot of Rib Mountain. He once walked from his house to the Granite Peak ski lifts with a snowboard on his back in winter and often biked ten miles to class before homeroom at Wausau West High School after mid-week camping trips in spring. He slashed steel and concrete coping on quarterpipes at skateparks across Wisconsin.

Karter could fix anything with duct tape and twist ties. He patched faulty bike parts with wood chips and wire. He drew long-shot inventions on science homework and hung his artwork over sleeping bag insulation in corners of his apartment.

He was modest. He shrugged off a first-place finish in a snowboarding competition at the Badger State Games. He hung up his glove on the eve of his baseball team's city-wide championship face-off. There was too much fun in the woods and on pavement.

Karter was quick to loop a long arm around the shoulders of his friends and quick to mention mid-summer family trips to Minocqua and Easter and Christmas dinners at his grandmother's house in Weston.

He was a giver. He volunteered his time and cleverness to friends, family, strangers and everyone in-between.

A visitation for Karter will be held Thursday, May 29, 4-8 p.m., at Brainard Funeral Home, 5712 Memorial Ct., Weston. Dress casual – a colorful shirt and good pair of jeans.

There will also be a celebration of Karter's life, Friday, May 30, 4-8 p.m., at the Oak Island picnic pavilion near the skatepark (of course). This is a cookout party, so bring your favorite meat to throw on the grill; we also will supply burgers and brats along with soda and water. Friends and families are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Karter's name to: Altoona Emergency Services, 1904 Spooner Avenue, Altoona, Wis., 54720. Donations will be used to purchase water rescue equipment for area police and fire departments.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on June 3, 2014
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