Funeral Details

William "Bill" Petasnick

March 2, 1946 - November 8, 2022


Date and Time

Monday, November 14, 2022 at 10:00 AM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Buffalo Grove Chapel
195 North Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Rabbi David Oler


Sheboygan Hebrew Cemetery
Kohler, Wisconsin


Razzoog Residence
Monday until 7PM - 9PM

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Memorial Contributions

Petasnick Family Fund at Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert Hospital Foundation
Attn: Office of Institutional Advancement
P.O. Box 26509
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226-0509


William “Bill” Petasnick, age 76.

Beloved husband of Irene Thompson and the late Bobbe nee Malkin. Loving father of David (Jen) Petasnick and Ellen (Michael) Razzoog and stepfather of John (Amy) Thompson. Proud grandfather of Sam, Grace, and Isabella Petasnick, Zach and Olivia Razzoog, and Charlie Thompson. Brother of Jerry (Barbara) Petasnick and Lois (the late Earl) Nudelman.

For over 19 years, Petasnick served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Froedtert Health Inc, Milwaukee, WI. As a national leader, he served as chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Wisconsin Hospital Association. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including an honorary doctorate of healthcare management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an honorary doctorate degree in medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin. The American Hospital Association also presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award to him in recognition of his significant contributions and service to healthcare institutions and associations.

Service Monday at 10 AM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 195 N. Buffalo Grove Road (One block north of Lake Cook Road) Buffalo Grove. Interment Sheboygan Hebrew Cemetery, County Road Y, South of Hwy. 23, Kohler, WI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Petasnick Family Fund at Froedtert Hospital via mail to Froedtert Hospital Foundation (Attn: Office of Institutional Advancement) P.O. Box 26509 Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509 or online at To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Dearest David and Ellen,

Karen (formerly (Podger) Harrison
November 10, 2022
I send my most sincere condolences, prayers and hugs to you and all you family for the loss of your dear dad. Bill was neighbor, friend and mentor for me. At UNC Healthcare he guided me in making many decisions with kindness and insight. I always felt blessed that we lived close to your family in Booker Creek and that you both, Kelly and Kristen were such close friends.

Much love,

Karen Harrison (formally (Podger)
November 10, 2022
Bill was a complete person- accomplished professionally, a great friend, kind and generous to all, and a wonderful partner with Irene, the two together making a joyous couple.

The world is a little dimmer today without you, Bill, but it is so much the better for you having generously given of yourself in so many ways over your lifetime. Hundreds of thousands of Froedert patients are in debt to you, for what you did for them, directly and indirectly.

Rest In Peace friend.

Mark Laret
November 10, 2022
Dear Irene, Ellen, David,
I have many kind and wonderful memories of Bill. Working with him for so many years was an honor. I’m grateful for his vision and leadership- commitment to patients, staff and the community, sense of humor especially in difficult situations, dedication to diversity and inclusion, love of family. A great man has left this world much better for his efforts. My deepest sympathy to each of you.

Carolyn Bellin
November 13, 2022
Dear Ellen, David and Irene:
My deepest condolences for your loss. I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and work with Bill. He was incredibly passionate about community and making a meaningful difference in the world. His wise and kind mentorship shaped my career and my life in so many ways. He holds a special place in my heart now and forever.

With joyful memories,
Cathy Buck

Cathy Buck
November 14, 2022
Dear Irene,

My deepest condolences to you on Bill's passing. I am thinking of you and your family.


Jean E. Grish

Jean E. Grish
November 14, 2022