Memo Topitzes
Krause Funeral Homes
Topitzes, Memo Passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 21, 2012, age 90. Beloved husband of Virginia (Nee Von De Linde). Loving father of Paul (Mari). Loving "Papou" of Allie, Maddie and Mika. Dear brother of Sandra (William) Brown. Brother-in-law of Harriet and Helen Topping, Ray (Carol) Von De Linde and Judy (Jay) Marks. Also loved by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation at the Funeral Home Wednesday, November 28, 4:00-8:00 PM. Trisagion 7:00 PM. Visitation at STS. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 2160 Wauwatosa Ave., Thursday, November 29, 10:30-11:00 AM. Funeral Service 11:00 AM. Burial Glen Oaks Cemetery. Memo will always be remembered as the kind and thoughtful grocer at Topitzes Grocery on Fourth and National. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church appreciated. "Rest now, Papou, we love you"

Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 25, 2012.
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Sweetest man I ever knew. Born on the same day as my dear Mom, March 12, 1922. We were all lucky to know him, a little or a lot. Grateful.
Deborah Theodore
November 19, 2021
Memo, thank you for taking the time to talk to me and helping me and my brother Milan with our paper route money. You were always patient with us. Each of my family have been blessed by your kindness and we spoke a lot about you tonight. We have the finest memories of you and your smile. This Milwaukeean knows-Miguel Velazquez
James Velazquez
September 23, 2019
To the family.....Sorry to hear of your lost Memo seem like a really loving and caring person. It's hard to say goodbye to our loved ones but the bible gives us the hope to see our loved ones again in the near future in paradise. Your family will be in my prayers.
Ms. Burks
December 23, 2012
MEMO, You have left a void on the south-side. From me and all that had attended Holy Trinity, Vieau, Boys Tech & South Division, your kindness was only exceeded by your generousity and love for your community and us.
Frank Grace
December 21, 2012
So sad to hear of Memo's passing.I always enjoyed his positive attitude and sense of humor.
Dino Papathemetrios
December 11, 2012
Memo was well liked by everyone.Just about everyone on the southside grew up with Memo.At his store, getting those great lunchtime sandwiches, penny candy. And can,t ever forget MC of international dancers at State fair.Whole southside families grew up knowing Memo.We,ll miss you Memo.
Rey Sandoval
December 10, 2012
Memo was a wonderful gentleman. Everytime he met me he would kiss my hand and I'll always remember that. He's the first person I met when I moved to Milwaukee w/my husband. My deepest sympathy to his family
Mary Gomez
December 2, 2012
To Memos Family you now have a saint in heaven. I went to the store when i studied in Holy. Trinity School. Memo was a father to all who knew him. We all got to love him for his smile and patience when deciding what candy to buy. There will never be a person like him.
Emma Quiles
November 30, 2012
If we all lived our lives the way Memo did, the world would be a better place. I taught at Vieau School in the 1970s and have such fond memories of Memo's smile, warmth and compassion. I looked forward to visiting his store every week. I know he will be missed tremendously... my condolences to the family.
Susan Gallion
November 29, 2012
One of my favorite high school memories was spending time at Memo's store. I spent 4 years from 1965 ro 1969 going to the store at lunch, rain, snow or shine. Memo was always good to us. He will be missed.
Wade Grove
November 29, 2012
To Paul, Mari and the entire Topitzes Family. I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Memo well but will never forget the couple of times I met him years ago. Brian always spoke fondly of him. It sounds like he touched many lives with his kindness. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Sue Kammers
November 28, 2012
Words can't express the sorrow Im feeling for the loss of a true, old fashion gentleman/and life time aquaintance. You have watched most of the Walker Point kids literally grow up before your very eyes, from before kindergarten at Vieau school to eighth grade graduation. Wow! What other man can say that? What a book you could write.....your kindness and patients,,, priceless. The hundreds of kids and teenagers that have passed through that door in your lifetime. To this very day, when I drive pass your old building, all I can do is smile. You truly left a mark on my heart, and you will be sadly missed by one and all.
From one of those old kids,,,, Brenda Fairbanks, class of 68, Vieau School
Brenda Fairbanks
November 28, 2012

On behalf of the Poledica Family, I would like to extend our sincere, heartfelt sympathies in the passing of Memo.
Raiko Poledica
November 28, 2012
Memo was truly a special man that shall be missed. I will never forget my lunch hours spent at his store while a student at Milwaukee Tech. It was always the highlight of my day.
Diane Sarandos Eggers
November 28, 2012
Truly a wonderful person and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Brian Kammers
November 28, 2012
A kind, warm and funny man, I will have many fond memories of Memo. And I don't think I've ever seen a bigger flirt. God Bless him, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Mark Richarsd
November 28, 2012
The candy raisins sold @ Memo's are no longer being made. Doubtful too that there will ever be another gentleman like Memo. Memories of growing up on the southside always include the store on 4th and National with the amazing candy counter and the candyman behind it. As a kid I remember walking out with my five cents worth of candy and the smile Memo made you wear just by having been there. As an adult I remember he spoke of being honest, sincere, and truly cared about the "melting pot" neighborhood he called family. He affected many lives I'm sure! My condolences to his family. Our thoughts are with you! Jerilyn Gedig Makal (Wauwatosa)
November 28, 2012
To the entire Memo Topitzes family:

On behalf of my family, I would like to extend our sincere, heartfelt sympathies in the passing of our loved MEMO.

I recall when I first came to Milwaukee that I only had less than a $1.00 and stopped by his store.

I couldn't decide what I wanted because I was broke. I guess MEMO who could read people accurately, asked me if I wanted a sandwich and began opening a fresh loaf of bread, sliced ham, sliced a tomato, opened a jar of mayonnaise and prepared a sandwich for me. He opened a soda and began telling me about his life.

I remember MEMO for the giving, loving person he was. He helped many Hispanics in our community and many more from various cultures.

Today, I introduced MEMO to my students via the JS Online Obits. Now my students know how much MEMO meant to our culture, Milwaukee community at Large and beyond.

MEMO, mil gracias por todo los que has hecho por nuestra comunidad. Con mucho cariño,

Marla Possell
Marla Possell
November 28, 2012
Rest in peace Memo, your knack at remembering names was incredible.what I`ll always remember was the nice aroma and creaky wooden floor when entering your store back in the 60`s.I am proud to say that your son Paul to this day has been a great friend.It was also special that you were able to attend my parents 50th wedding anniversary a few years back.

Dan Sandoval Vieau 1967,,Boys Tech 1971
November 28, 2012
Memo, you will be greatly missed. I had the good fortune to have Paul and Mari as relatives and to share your and Virginia's company at family events. I always thoroughly enjoyed our conversations on many different subjects.
Gerard Piotrowski
November 28, 2012
Dearest Virginia,Paul,Mari and girls,
I was deeply moved reading the comments of your family's friends and relatives.I am sure all of you will miss Memo.Though we met him once or twice,we won't forget the permanent smile on his face and soul.Our deep sympathy from Topintzi family in Greece.
Martha Topintzi
November 28, 2012
I remember buying penney candy after school. As an adult many years later I stopped by his store while visiting the old neighborhood and he remembered me and called me by my name. Rest in peace old friend. My condolences to his family. The world has lost a true gentleman
Samuel Colon
November 27, 2012
Sending condolences -- your family has truly left its indelible mark in Milwaukee. I remember Nick Topping -- being a regular customer at the International House on 2nd Street. Nick is the promoter wo brought the Beatles to Milwaukee. God bless you all.
Jim Charne
November 27, 2012
Memo,your passing has rekindled many fond and wonderful memories.The [email protected] sugar raisians,ham sandwiches goat cheese,chips and soda.Most of all your kindness, intelligence, and friendship will be remembered.
Marty Hudaj Vieau62 Boys Tech66
November 27, 2012
He is resting in peace, I will always remember him, and the patience he had when we were kids and were buying penny candy at his in peace.
Maria Escobedo
November 27, 2012
My condolences to your family. My mother, who departed in January 2012 at age 94, spoke of Memo often. She and her siblings used to play with Nick, Sandy & Memo. They all lived in the same neighborhood. My mother's name was Marian Thomas, with siblings Larry, Bud, Audrey, Melvin, Betty, Ruth & June; their mother's name was Mabel Thomas. My mother spoke highly of all the Topitzes family and went back to see Memo every now and then. I wish I could have known him.
November 27, 2012
I remember Memo from when i went to Vieau from 1972-78. He was a great man.
joe navarro
November 27, 2012
So good to see all the kind remembrances. It takes me back to the days my friend, Penny Gilbert and I went there many many times for the best candy. We had so much fun there and he always asked how we were doing in school. What a kind man. So glad to see so many people remember and share the same good thoughts.
Virginia Patskowski
November 27, 2012
The kids from Milwaukee Tech really enjoyed the penny candy too. We loaded up on the way home. Memo was always happy and repectful.
Thomas Bell
November 27, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Memo. I went to Tech from 1980-1984. My friends and I would go to the store to get a ham and cheese sandwich and candy fishes for lunch. He was always very kind to us. His store was a staple for us during high school. He was an awesome guy.
Yolanda S. Wilson "Class of 1984"
November 27, 2012
I never would have thought that $1.50 could buy you a sandwich AND a soda! Only someone with a true passion and love for people and sometimes crazy teenagers could make that happen. So saddened by this loss, my sincere condolences to the family who has lost a hero.
Dawn, Milwaukee Tech '85
November 27, 2012
My Theo Memo was a true gentle-man. He believed in the good that could be exchanged between people; he believed in tolerance, peaceful solutions, respect for all, and had a delightful sense of humor. I'll always remember his gallant kiss of my hand and then my forehead all the while his face glowing with love. Those family members who preceded him are waiting with open arms and those of left behind will remember him always. My deepest sympathy to Thea Virginia, Paul and the girls. He knew he was loved.
Parry (Topetzes) Lustgarten
November 27, 2012
My Theo Memo was a true gentle-man. He believed in humanity and the good that could be shared between us. He believed in peaceful solutions, tolerance, respect for all and he was a gallant prince who blessed each female he encountered with a respectful kiss on the hand! His memory and his life's work will go on for as long as there are people who remember how he affected their lives. Those who preceded him are waiting with open arms and those of us remaining will always bless his name.
Parry (Topetzes) Lustgarten
November 27, 2012
My Dear Friend Memo, The Fuentes Family is sad today. You have always been so kind, and we will miss you.
Angel Fuentes
November 27, 2012
Topitzes Family,
I never met Memo but heard many stories from Mari over the years. Clearly he was a special guy and I know you will all miss him terribly. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts are prayers.
Kathy Wiseman
November 27, 2012
Uncle Memo dear,
With your red sport coat and black bow tie you MC'd at State Fair for the music show and danced with Aunt Virginia with the Greek Group at State Fair bringing music and fun to all. I will never forget your smile and support to the children and all of us. We looked for that smile as we waited to greet you. How lucky we were...
November 27, 2012
Dear Memo, I called you Uncle and you were a Prince. Much love to all the family, Mary's daughter Debbie.
November 27, 2012
Hi Paul, nice to read all the kind comments from everyone. My best to your family. Always great friends.
Robert Arsiniega
November 27, 2012
Memo...Memo...Memo...I so do remember the Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, and how he smiled all the time...Great memories of lunch time... Sorry for your loss
Class of 82 Tech
November 27, 2012
So sorry for such a great loss. I grew up in the 60's knowing Memo. Sad we grow old and times change. The world needs more Memo's. Arnie. Veau school 1962
November 27, 2012
Topitzes family, First I would like to send my deepest sympathy for your loss and let you know that Memo is a big part of my early memories. He was such a nice and patient man with all us school kids. A quarter went a long way in the candy section and I still enjoy telling people that story. Thanks for the memories Memo, may you rest in peace! God Bless!
Irene Garza (Zarate)
November 26, 2012
Ham and cheese, Memo!...what a great guy.
Tech '81
November 26, 2012
We all loved this man..Vieau Elementary School 19956- 1957.. Phil and Suzanne Zinos. St Paul RIP Memo..
November 26, 2012
We should all of us have seen the world as Memo did...........he cared enough to try to make it better.A wonderful man.
Bill Clark
November 26, 2012
My friend Refugio Frias took me into Memo's store my second week at Boys' Tech (class of 1974) and introduced me to Memo. A great guy. Loved his customers and his neighborhood. Although my visits to Memo's dropped off over the years, he never forgot my name and always took the time to ask me how I was doing. I have never forgotten Memo and am very sad at his passing. Paul, my best to you and your family.
Scott Arganek
November 26, 2012
Memo was a very kind and generous man. I still remember going into Memo store as a child. Memo always had a smile on his face that made you feel welcome. Over the year I got to know memo really good and once in a while when I would run into him on the street and say hi to him he still had that smile of kindness. I still think of though good old days of going into Memo store when I go pass Vieau School and miss them dearly just as much as I will miss Memo. Rest in peace my friend.
Esmy Ramirez
November 26, 2012
We will truly miss Memo's visits to the South Shore Cafe. It was truly a joy when he came down to visit all his friends at the cafe.
Love and peace to a real gentlman.
My sympathies to you, Virginia, Paul and Family.
Chuck Shepherd
November 26, 2012
To Memo's Family,
My sincere sympathies to you. I have fond memories of going into your store because my Dad, Konstatin Romas would come there to buy greek cheese and olives. Memo would come around from behind the counter, kiss my hand, turn to my mother, kiss her hand and then say to me, " I see that you brought your sister with you". I have fond memories of him and your store and the kindness and patience that he always showed. May the Lord bless all of you during this tough time.
Linda Dunn - (Romas)
November 26, 2012
Rest well Memo. You are one of my "Most Unforgetable Characters." I will never forget you and your 24/7 smile and your sense of humor greeting me and the other thousands of Boy's Tech students at lunch time. To the Topitzes family, my deepest sympathies. Boy's Tech '66.
Tim Brzezinski
November 26, 2012
My sympathies go out to Paul and Virginia and the rest of the family.I knew Memo during the the time I went to Boys' Tech and afterwards.I worked in his store several times when he would really be busy.I also baby sat Paul a couple of times. Memo was like a father to me.He was a great humanitarian in the neighborhood. He will be greatly missed,but he is in a better place. A great human being has been taken from us. RIP Memo.
Lao Rodriguez
November 26, 2012
My sympathies go out to Paul and Virginia and the rest of the family. I knew Memo during my high school years when I went To Boys' Tech. I also worked in his store a few times when he was real busy. The man was like a father to me and a great humanitarian in the neighborhood. He will be greatly missed but gone to a better place. With love and respect to a great person.
November 26, 2012
Memo was such a gentleman and a leader, I will always remember his good humor, personality, and great dedication to the community. My thoughts and sympathy to all of his family.
Emilio Bras
November 26, 2012
I have wonderful memories of lunches with my then future husband who attended "Boys Tech" '79. He as so many others had a great respect for Mr. Memo. My sympathies to your family and God's Blessings through the holidays. Mrs. Rick Palmer
Tammie Palmer
November 26, 2012
Condolences to the family, and thank you, Memo for all the wonderful memories of going to your store! Rest in Peace!
Josephine Garay-Rodriguez
November 26, 2012
Some of my earliest childhood memories were of gazing in wide-eyed wonder at the glass counters filled with candy....and with Mr T standing there patiently waiting on my decision of what piece of candy my 2 cents would buy. Generations of folks have been impacted by the generosity, values, and smile of Memo. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on! My sympathies Paul to you and your family!
Chris Sarandos
November 26, 2012
Paul, so sorry, sounds just as you described him.
Paul Zens
November 26, 2012
Dear Virginia and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. I was privileged to know Memo for the past 10 years at the Bay View Terrace and thoroughly enjoyed his sense of humor and wonderful respect for everyone he met. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
Tom Trepanier 11-B
November 26, 2012
As a young man on Vieau playground, Memo taught me that there was an alternative to all of the prejudices that we had grown up with. Peace, love, justice, inclusion. A great man who touched many lives. Frank Schneiger
November 26, 2012
November 26, 2012
Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father Virginia and Paul. Please except my deepest sympathies. I worked at the candy counter when I went to View in the 50's. We lived across the street above Fay's Drug Store. I have many fond memories of Memo and you both.
Gene Kannenberg
November 26, 2012
Rest well Mr. Memo. There are not many people I can remember from my childhood who always talked to the kids with the respect and courtesy of Mr. Topitzes. He was always a gentleman. One of the memories most of the Boy's Tech students have in common is heading over to Memo's at lunch. Thank You Memo for those memories and the nourishment. And to the family I am sorry for your loss. Boy's Tech '66
Thomas Pipia
November 26, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies on your heartfelt loss. Memo was a true gentleman. Many fond memories of the South Side come to mind. God bless all of you. Harriett Poulos Alioto
November 25, 2012
Memo treated everyone with love and respect. His smile was warm and genuine.
Mary Limon
November 25, 2012
Memo Topitzes was an advocate in the Latino community.He was always respectful to his customers and to the people in the neighborhood. My high school memories and during the Civil Rights Movements in the 60's include Memo Topitzes. He will be missed by many.
Evelyn Figueroa Kurter
November 25, 2012
So sorry to hear of your loss of Memo ....Virgina, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jan Jewett
November 25, 2012
May God Bless his soul..I remember him in the 60's went to buy my candy raisins when I went to school at Vieu. my sympathy to the family Rosa Ennis Milwaukee
November 25, 2012
This gallant gentleman kissed my hand on leaving his store; the only time in my life I experienced this old world gesture and this must have happened fifty years ago. My sympathy to Memo's family.
November 25, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
George & Hara Kinis
November 25, 2012
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