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Gerard “Buddy” “Jerry” Glysz

Gerard Glysz | Bruskiewitz Funeral home

Born to Eternal Life Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at the age of 85. Loving husband of the late Evelyn (nee Nickels). Dear father of Paul (Erica) Glysz. Special friend and longtime neighbor of David & RuthAnn Schneider. Godfather of Robert Kwiatkowski. Cousin and neighbor of Jerry and Tommy Panfil and Barbara Daroszeski. Dear friend of Mildred Kaminski, Camille Kazikowski, Stanley Sterle, Sister Rose Martin and many others. Further survived by other relatives in the US and Poland. Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 7-8:30 PM. Visitation will also be held Thursday at St. Clare Catholic Church, 7616 Fritz St., Wind Lake, from 5-6 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6PM, followed by dinner at the Church. Interment Friday at 10 AM at St. Adalbert Cemetery (PLEASE MEET AT CEMETERY GATE, S. 6th St. & W. Howard Ave.). Buddy started his musical career at the age of 7 on his first 48 bass accordion. He came from a musical family and his cousins, uncles and friends coached him along. He took to playing drums in high school and took a few piano lessons. His aim was to play the concertina and button accordion in later years. Buddy played as a side-man with many well known bands like Marty Zivko, Len Behn, Harry Kay, Ralph Dare, along with Al Panfil and his own Buddy’s Buddy’s Band. His many talents kept him busy playing gigs including weddings, picnics, and senior living centers where he was greatly appreciated. He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of many organizations including the Waukesha Musicians Union, Milwaukee Accordion Club, Banjo Band and Moose Club. Buddy performed on the radio, television, at many dance halls in and out of his state of Wisconsin, won many awards, and was inducted into the World Concertina Hall of Fame. His music brought much joy to many people. He had a hug for the gals, a hearty handshake, a good heart and a great big smile for everyone. Now Buddy has joined the “Big Band in the Sky.” We love him and will miss him.


  • Jim & Doreen VanMinsel says:

    Rest in Peace Uncle Bud, you leave behind your musical memories for many.

  • You are in our prayers Paul & Erica. We are sending you love and hugs.
    He is up in Heaven and no longer in pain. They needed him in the Polka
    Band to play. He will also be miss so dearly by us all. We are here with
    open arms and shoulders to cry on, lean on me as you have left me lean on
    you. We will comfort you when you are down just lean our way. Love you.
    We will miss Uncle Bud <3

  • Richard Rys says:

    Buddy was one of my best friends- a man with a kind heart and loved to make people happy. Buddy started me out with a digital concertina sound source by allowing me to sample record many accordions for my engineering editing pool. I worked on quite a few of his acordions, and he appreciated my restorations. This came sudden as I spoke with him on December 2nd.
    I will miss him, and he will remain as force of inspiration for me as I continue my engineering and musical endeavors.

  • PAtrick J. Hall says:

    We will miss you at the Moose Jams, Your music and your humor.
    God Bless!

  • Barbara Stawski says:

    Andy and I send our sincere sympathy and prayers at this sad time.

  • Meg Clark says:

    I am the Entertainment Chairperson for the Women for MACC and have lined up the bands for our annual PASTA FEST at Serb Hall the past several years. I want to express my sincere sympathy to Buddy’s family as I just found out of his recent passing. The Milwaukee Banjo has provide excellent entertainment for our fund raising event for childhood cancer research for many years. Meg Clark

  • Mary Beth Olson says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry (Buddy) played at our wedding and he was a very sweet man.

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