Atty. Robert H. Friebert
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Friebert, Atty. Robert H. Robert H. Friebert, prominent Milwaukee attorney, passed away September 5, 2013. Mr. Friebert was 75 years old. Mr. Friebert was a founding member of the law firm of Friebert, Finerty and St. John S.C. He served as the first Public Defender for the State of Wisconsin from 1966-1968. Friebert, who was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, also served as State Chairman of the Wisconsin Civil Liberties Union, Special Counsel to the Board of Regions University of Wisconsin's System, Trustee to the Medical College of Wisconsin, and numerous other boards and commissions. He argued four cases in the United States Supreme Court, which covered the rights of teachers to organize, due process for federal youthful offenders, reproductive rights of women and the rights of people to vote in primary elections. Friebert was active in local, state and national Democratic politics, and served several terms as a Democratic National Committeeman. Mr. Friebert was an advisor and consultant to numerous Democratic Presidential Candidates, and was the lead counsel on the election recount that awarded the First District Congressional Seat to the late Congressman and Secretary of Defense, Les Aspin. Friebert enjoyed political debate and was respected for his strongly held views by Republicans and Democrats alike. Friebert was active in his congregation, Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, serving on the Board of Directors and two years as President. He was the founding chair of the Wisconsin Jewish Conference and President of the Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations, guided and driven by his deep conviction to social justice. Mr. Friebert is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan (Sweed) Friebert, his son, Jonathan (Susan Anderson) Friebert, and their children James, Dylan, and Abby, his daughter, Ellen (Brian) Schupper, and their children Ethan, Ari and Gabriel, and his younger daughter, Leslie Friebert, as well as his two brothers, Marvin (Annette) and Jerry (Sherry) Friebert, sisters-in-law Sheila (Ely) Fishlowitz and Judy (Mort) Grodsky, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all around the country. Funeral services 1:00 PM Monday, September 9, 2013 at Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Rd., River Hills. Interment Second Home Cemetery, 3705 S. 43 St., Milwaukee. Memorial gifts to a charity of your choice are appreciated.

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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Sep. 7 to Sep. 8, 2013.
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Dear Susan and FFSJ,

I just now learned of Bob's passing and send my deepest condolences. I worked at FFSJ for many years in 1980's. In hindsight and as many others have testified, Bob taught me such valuable and treasured lessons. A great lawyer and human being. RIP Bob.

Kim Garecht
IL Flatlander
February 3, 2016
My dad, Pat Lucey, and our whole family were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Bob was a great friend and tremendous force for justice. We will strive to honor and continue his life's work.
Paul Lucey
September 12, 2013
Dear Susan and Family,

I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing!

He was a good friend to me offering much political and legal advice during my years in Milwaukee. RIP Bob!
Mike Janczy
September 12, 2013
Dear Susan and family.
So very sorry to hear this sad news. I met Bob in our "salad days" working on campaigns for no money! He had a way of bringing people in. Wit? He would say: "If this one doesn't go our way, don't worry. I'll just run down to the election commission with a flashlight and a clipboard and fix it right up!" Years later, your lovely Ellen was our daughter's counselor at JCC camp. I ran into Bob at the J, and told him how Ellen lovingly cared for our girl. He smiled and said, "Isn't that what it is all about, Katie." He will be missed by so many.
Katie Pionkoski
September 10, 2013
Dear Susan,
So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Much love to you and your family. I met Bob in our "salad days" in the early 80's, working on political campaigns. Wit? An abundance. One time he said, "Well. if it doesn't go our way, I'll be there with a flashlight and a clipboard, examining the polling records."
Years later, your lovely Ellen was our daughter's camp counselor at the JCC. I ran into Bob one day at the J, told him what a kind and special person Ellen was. He just smiled, and said, "Katie, isn't that what it is all about?"
He will be missed.
September 10, 2013
To the Friebert Family:
Just heard the news of Bob's passing and am deeply sorry for your loss. I used to work for Bob at the law firm of FF&SJ for almost 10 years. Bob was a smart and witty man and will not be forgotten. May you treasure all the memories through this tough time. The world has lost a great man.
Dawn Liegl (Greinke)
September 10, 2013
Way back in high school we all knew Bob was brilliant and destined for greatness. But despite all his remarkable achievements in the world of Law and Politics , when I spoke to him just a few weeks ago, Bob dwelled on one very important achievement which he wanted me to remember and others to know.
Bob could hit a baseball farther than anyone we knew.
“I was the only one who ever hit a ball onto the roof of 53rd street school and and I DID IT EVERY TIME We Played”
My lasting memory of Bob will always be of him running around the bases jumping, laughing and with a huge smile as the rest of us stood and watched and wondered – How will we get the ball off the roof?
A dear life long friend that will never be forgotten..
Lawry Margolis
Lawry Margolis
September 9, 2013
Bob was a classmate and friend going back to our days at Washington High School. His humor and warmth were evident even then. My wife and I always looked forward to seeing Bob at the high school reunions, where he could always be found at the center of the funniest and most interesting conversation.
Richard Blankstein
September 9, 2013
Dear Susan,
I read about Bob today and want you to know I am so sorry. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
Blessings to you and your family.
Linda Robnett Short
September 8, 2013
Dear Susan and family, We are so sorry for your considerable loss. Howard will write you with a more personal note expressing our deep affection for Bob. Our best to you all, Clarice Feldman
September 8, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory always be for a blessing.
Danielle Cormier
September 8, 2013
Our condolences to the entire Friebert family on the passing of its patriarch. Bob was a top notch lawyer and human being. He will be missed by all.
Judges John and Jean DiMotto
September 8, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Ron & Margo Kuisis
September 7, 2013
Dear Susan and Family,

We still can't believe this has happened. What a whipsaw in such a relatively short time. We will always treasure our memories of Bob and his friendship and the good times we've all shared. We hope your own good memories will ultimately ease the present pain. Please know we're thinking of you, wish we could be there on Monday but will be in spirit and in person next month. We send you our condolences and love
Linda and Eli Frank
September 7, 2013
Dear Susan, Janet and I were so saddened to hear of Bob's death. We are so sorry for your troubles. You both were such good friends and supporters. His wit was legendary and his legal skills unsurpassed.
Kevin O'Connor
September 7, 2013
I learned my love for legal work as the receptionist at FF&SJ; Mr Friebert was a sometime frightening presence but I also remember a great humor to him. My sincerest condolences to the entire family and firm.
Jennifer Peacock (now Crewz)
September 7, 2013
I will always remember Bobby. We grew up together and went to Washington High and UWM. He was one of the smartest people I knew. I believe he was involved in writing the first Wisconsin sales tax law, and we had a spirted disagreement about some of its terms. The world will miss his sharp mind.

Martin Kurzer
September 7, 2013
"I only met you once, but it is enough to remember your wit and humor. I hope your family, especially, Susan will treasure all the wits and humor to last a lifetime. RIP Bob!"
Kwame Meishanu
September 7, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Stan & Ros Hack & family
Stan Hack
September 7, 2013
You will be missed by all of us at Emanuel. In your presidency, you helped us navigate many a difficult situation. Your leadership was an inspiration to us all.
Cary Silverstein
September 7, 2013
My thoughts are with you. Though our families weren't together often enough, I've wonderful memories of "Bobby" .
I'll be there in spirit on Monday.
Phyllis Friebert Levy
September 7, 2013
CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF BOB FRIEBERT ON HIS PASSING. I KNEW BOB, AS A TEENAGER, GROWING UP IN THE MILWAUKEE JEWISH COMMUNITY, AND AS I RECALL, INTERACTED WITH HIM, DURING THE OPEN HOUSING MARCHES, AS A MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER, BEING OF THE JEWISH FAITH, OF WHICH CONGREGATION EMANUAEL, WHEN LOCATED ON KENWOOD BLVD., WAS A NEUCLEUS MEETING PLACE FOR THOSE MARCHES, SO MANY YEARS AGO, WELL OVER 50.

DONALD H. PINSKER, MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT, 1962-1980, RESIGNED IN GOOD STANDING
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DONALD PINSKER
September 7, 2013
Dear Susan and family,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's death. We have so many memories - all good- of the times we spent together.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonnie and Mark Sumner
Bonnie Sumner
September 7, 2013
Dear Susan and family,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's death. We have so many memories - all good - of the times we spent together through the years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonnie and Mark Sumner
Bonnie Sumner
September 7, 2013
Bob was the greatest boss, partner, mentor, friend and office neighbor one could ever hope for. Every single day he had boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion for his work and for his family. I am so grateful for all he taught me - about law, about ethics, about optimism, and about the proper (and explicit) outrage to express when things go bad. My deepest condolences to Susan, Jonathan, Ellen and Leslie and the grand kids. The world just lost a great man, and you lost even more.
Matt O'Neill
September 7, 2013
Diane and I and our kids, Sarah & Stephen, are deeply grateful for the affection & humor he beamed our way too... One of our deep regrets: not having known him better, much much better.
Our most heartfelt sympathies to you ALL...stuart
Diane, Sarah, Stephen, Stuart Friebert
September 7, 2013
Farewell Bob. You were a great and kind man and you lived your life well. May you reset in eternal peace and may your family and friends take comfort in the wonderful memories you've created. The Gerlach Family will miss you.
Jason Gerlach
September 7, 2013
Tears, grief, memories, all being keenly felt in Turkey. I wish I could be with all of you on Monday but I shall be in spirit. Deepest condolences to everyone. Susan
Susan Rossen
September 6, 2013
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