Paul Setser

Paul T. Setser

Wednesday, September 24th, 1952 - Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
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Paul Thomas Setser entered the Lord’s loving embrace on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 at age 68. Paul is reunited in heaven, playing the piano and joined in song with his mother Betty Jane (Zimmermann) while father Herschel Setser listens on with joy. Paul is survived by his loving sisters Judy Hein (Carl Peter) and Joan Delaney (Mark). Uncle to Sam, Nik, Amelia, Ryan, Coryn (Todd) and godson Tom (Anne). A Great Uncle to Sophia, Keira, Nora, Catherine, John and many more relatives and family. Eternally remembered and dearly missed by fellow bandmates, players and wonderful friends from the Riverwest community. Paul was born in Chicago, Illinois, in September of 1952, but moved to Brookfield, WI, at the age of three. In his childhood, Paul could be found running in the fields, climbing trees, playing little league, taking organ lessons and singing in the children’s choir. He graduated from Brookfield East High School and went to UW- Whitewater for Marketing and hosting an interview program on WSUW FM. After graduation, Paul created and hosted a late night radio show in Milwaukee called skintallations, worked for years at an audio production firm, and won a number of awards for outstanding achievement in the field. He moved into the Riverwest neighborhood and it was there where he found his home and community. Paul returned to school in the early 1980’s at UWM where he studied and received a Masters Degree in Communication. From that time onward, he pursued his dream of creating, writing and producing music including visual multimedia and audio productions. He was known as “Setser” at Circle A in Riverwest and other establishments, encouraging young musicians to perform and improve. Although he was quiet by nature, he loved to entertain and was a part of a number of groups including: Eat the Mystery (cabaret), Danny Price and the Loose Change, The RiverWest Aces and the RiverWest Accordion Club, to name just a few. He loved participating in the groups, sharing his love of music and enjoying his community. Our heartfelt thanks to Mike Chaltry who supported Paul through his recent health setbacks. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks donations be made to the following organizations in Paul’s memory: 1. The White House of Music Foundation (who provide musical instruments to families in need) 2. The Riverwest Food Pantry Lastly, Paul would not want us to proceed in gloom, so once this COVID epidemic is over, plan to get together and celebrate Paul’s life with music, dancing and food, so stay tuned! Celebrate life, make music and laugh.

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Lisa Shmisa

Posted at 04:59pm
I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Paul's family and friends. I never heard anyone say a bad thing about Paul--everyone loved him. I first met him at Quarter's, and when I began performing, he was always supportive. Everyone knows he was a sweet guy who cared about his friends, and music. He gave me countless rides home, always making sure I was safe. He came to my daughter's first birthday. He recorded a song written for her. He would send me his songs. He helped me figure out how to use my new computer..there are so many memories I have of him--all of them good. I guess I took for granted that he'd always be there, at Circle A, or somewhere, happy to see me. I'll miss his presence very much. The world is smaller.

Jeff Callesen

Posted at 11:47am
I am so sorry for your loss! Paul was a great guy and he will be dearly missed. I first met Paul at Quarters Rock and Roll Palace back around 20 years ago. My buddy Dave and I had come to see a band, but they had cancelled. Dave and I had just started a band called Floor Model, and asked Paul if we could fill in. There were about 3 people in the bar at the time and it was around midnight, but he said sure, go get your gear. That was the kind of guy Paul was. He always found a way to get bands on stage. That was the start of our band and the start of a long friendship with Paul. We played a million shows at Quarters, and then followed him to the Circle A where we played a million more. After so many years of him doing sound for us, we had him record a full length album for us in his upstairs apartment/sound studio across from The Foundation. We practically had to beg him to take our money for all the sessions. He just didn't care as much about monetary gain as he did about music. I write a lot of songs about people I know, and he will have a place there. I'm sure my story is no different from all the other people who were fortunate enough to meet him and we will all miss his big heart and goofy jokes!

Joe Huettl

Posted at 09:53am
I just want to convey my heartfelt condolences to Paul's family during these trying times. I first met Paul as a young boy at Trinity UCC in Brookfield and had the pleasure of attending school with him thru high school at Brookfield East. We drifted apart during our working years but Paul and I reconnected on facebook just three or four years ago. I'm very much saddened by his passing...God bless to him and all the family.

Joe Huettl

Brandy Dively

Posted at 07:48am
Thanks Paul for always being there. We all love and miss you!
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