Peter T. McKenzie
June 18, 1964 - March 2, 2016
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
410 West Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 734-7195 | Map
Saturday 3/12, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
410 West Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 734-7195 | Map
Saturday 3/12, 11:00 am
St. Joseph Cemetery
Appleton, WI
Tuesday 3/15
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map

Peter T. McKenzie, 51, died of a heart attack on March 2, 2016 at his home at Oneida Heights in Appleton, Wisconsin. Peter was born on June 18, 1964. He was the fourth of Thomas and Mary “Rusty” McKenzie's five children. A strong, bright and happy child, Peter loved the outdoors and activities like skiing…

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Joan Dick left a message on April 9, 2016:
To my wonderful neighbors...I'm so so sorry to hear about Peter. I'm sure your loss came unexpectedly. My heart goes out to you all. My deepest condolences. Love always! Joan Dick
Digger DeGroot left a message on March 13, 2016:
Tom & Rusty, Our sympathy to you both and your family in the loss of your son Peter. Thinking of you all. God bless, Digger & JoDee DeGroot
Isabel and Jim Reynolds left a message on March 12, 2016:
Dear Rusty and Tom, and all the McKenzie Family, We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to you as your beloved Peter leaves this life to begin the life in eternity that the Lord has prepared for him. Despite the challengers that Peter faced, with the love and help of family, and a gift of endurance that was given to him, he overrode adversity and showed those whose lives he touched the way that invites peace to the soul. We had several greetings and exchange of notes from Peter in past years which we very much enjoyed. May God love and bless his soul.
Linda Nett-Duesterhoeft left a message on March 10, 2016:
I am so sorry. So good to hear Peter had found his way through as he said, "Challenges." I will celebrate his life with his wonderful family on Saturday.
Cathy & Gene Ott left a message on March 10, 2016:
Tom,Rusty, and family, We are so sorry for your loss, we are keeping your family in our prayers. Gene & Cathy Ott
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tracie Anania left a message on March 10, 2016:
Dear Tom, Rusty and family, I can't say how sorry I am for your loss. I will always remember Peter as a kind, gentle, loving and goofy man. He always made me laugh at his jokes. You are all in my thoughts. Tracie Anania
Julie Blohm left a message on March 10, 2016:
What a lovely obituary and tribute to the kind of man Peter was---a kind, gentle, and loving human being that was always encouraging and looked for the good in all of humanity. As a nurse working in the field of mental health, I had the privilege of meeting Pete many years ago and being able to continue our visits every four weeks. He was always an inspiration and taught me many things along the way (a couple good yoga moves among them!). He was always kind, respectful, and never said negative things. People like Pete are one of the reasons I appreciate what I do and love what I do. He never failed to ask me how my elderly Dad was doing, always considerate of others. A good man and decent human being. I will always remember him with only the kindest of thoughts.......I believe that whatever was going on in Pete's mind, in his final moments on this earthly place, that he was at peace. That's just the kind of guy he was.....always seeking peace and trying to pave the way for others. He will be deeply missed.... Julie Blohm
Allain Van Laanen left a message on March 10, 2016:
Aunt Rusty, Uncle Tom, Jane, Katie and Tom, and Amy, I send you my love and prayers that your hearts be comforted. I am so very happy to know Peter found acceptance love and happiness in his lifetime. Our summer vacations are treasures in my heart that I reminder fondly.
Pam Gerlach left a message on March 10, 2016:
Dear Rusty, Tom, Jane, Katie and Tommy, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss while visiting family in Appleton. Peter and I were born just one day apart; I'm sorry that we didn't get better acquainted as kids while we lived here in the 1970s. May your memories bring you joy and comfort during this difficult time. Yours, Pam Gerlach Rouda Lazenby Boise, Idaho
Kay Vetter left a message on March 9, 2016:
Dear Rusty, Tom, and Family--It's me, Kay--Such a beautiful picture and tribute to your Beloved Peter--So many years ago, so many memories ago, and your thanking Special Drs. and Friends--It has taken Peter to brighten my day with these memories-- I send my Love--Kay (Hendricks) Vetter, and Wally too, Menasha
Marcy Weyers left a message on March 9, 2016:
Dear McKenzie family, So sorry at the passing of your son and brother Peter. Such a beautiful obit written about his life struggles and wonderful triumphs. Our deepest sympathy. Your Firelane 12 neighbor, Dorothy Hoffman and family
The family of Peter and Marlys Fritzell left a message on March 8, 2016:
Our deepest love to the McKenzies, with a memory of a story of Pete's love of the outdoors, a story of his first endeavors in fur-trapping that we, a few of us, once entitled "A coon, a mink, and the vice-principal's dog." Blessings and care.
Shirley V. Doepker left a message on March 7, 2016:
Tom, Rusty and Family, Our hearts are saddened to hear of Peter's passing. May God's love and the love of friends comfort you at this time. Peace be with you. Shirley and the Doepker Family.
Mary Alice Parzych left a message on March 7, 2016:
I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of Peter's mental health home visitors for a couple of years. He always treated me with kindness, no matter how he may have been feeling. He had many struggles but his outlook on his life was nothing short of inspiring. I well remember his contributions to the newspaper column:It's your call-- and I am grateful to have known him.
Camille Maurice left a message on March 7, 2016:
Tom, Rusty and Family, My hearts aches for you. I am holding you and Peter in my heart and prayers. Cam Maurice
Stacia Herrling left a message on March 7, 2016:
My Dear Brother Peter... You have been my "little Brother" for as long as I have memory! You are a gentle giant my Friend! Every postcard and phone call was a gift from you. Your kind heart will always be at the forefront of my memory of you. Rest peacefully Peter ... I Love You... Your Sister Stacia Herrling
Katie left a message on March 6, 2016:
Everlasting Peace and Love to my brave brother Peter, the kind warrior for everything good that is possible. My heart is broken, I never imagined my life without you.
Dolph Van Laanen left a message on March 6, 2016:
Peter, You will be sadly missed by all those who knew you and loved you, and also by those whom you had never met, but were readers of your letters. Your absence is a void, but will be filled with your spirit and our memories. I will miss our postcard correspondence, but will always be thankful for that meal you, Tommy, and I shared in Appleton - - and for the advice you offered me: “Always be grateful for what you have in the present, and let go of the regrets of the past.” Thank you, Peter. Please pray for all of us. Uncle Dolph
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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