Peter Ristau

1938-06-06 - 2023-12-01

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street Crete IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 2pm to 7pm

Service Date: 0000-00-00

Service Time: Private

Info: 708-672-7600

Web: (Go)

Peter Ristau age 85 former resident of the Chicago’s East Side and then longtime resident of Crete, Illinois passed away on December 1, 2023  He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruno Ristau and Anita (nee Halbeck) Cooley, his brothers Jurgen Ristau and John Cooley, and his granddaughter Emily Ristau.

He was born in Berlin, Germany in June of 1938 and found the love of his life MaryAnn (nee Ster) shortly after arriving to the United States. They were happily married for 65 years.  He was loving father to Susan (Donald) Dixon, Peter A. (Denise) Ristau, Karen (James) Petrassi, Michael (Leslie) Ristau, Amy (Todd) Gatzke and Erich (Cindy Updyke) Ristau. His children held a special place in his heart. Peter was proud grandfather to Peter Jr., Jessica, Donald Jr., Andrew, Ashlie, Alexandria, Danielle, Dominique, Ty, John Peter, Michaella, Katie, and LeAnne. He felt blessed to be called Great Grandpa by Autumn, Cameron, Reese, Rhett, Calvin, Carter, Iris, Evelynn, Mia, Aubrie, Adam, Madison – with one on the way.
Peter was a hard worker and passionate about his role as a Tool & Die supervisor at the Ford Stamping Plant for 35 years. He served proudly in the Air Force Reserves. Peter was an active member at the East Side United Methodist Church and worked closely with the youth group. He was very creative and enjoyed painting and gardening. Peter loved cars and you could find him tinkering in the garage often.  If he wasn’t working on a car, he would enjoy attending car shows.  Peter was a lifelong Chicago Bears fan.
He will be missed dearly but his memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Visitation Tuesday, December 12th from 2pm to 7pm at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois.  Funeral and Burial are private.  Info: (708) 672-7600.





  1. Mary Dolan on December 8, 2023 at 7:05 pm
    So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. So many great memories of him and his family❤️

  2. Bill & Lesa Westerman on December 11, 2023 at 3:37 pm
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ristau Family.
    Sending healing prayers and comfort during this tough time
    Pete was very special to us such a wonderful man who brought us so much humor.
    May all his wonderful memories comfort you until you meet again.
    Love, Bill & Lesa Westerman

  3. Tracy Magnabosco on December 11, 2023 at 5:06 pm
    So super sad to hear this news. I’m sure my parents have welcomed Pete at the gates of heaven. Prayers for the family. ❤️

  4. Valerie (Pagell) Fudala on December 12, 2023 at 9:14 am
    May the love of those around you help you through the coming days.
    Thoughts and prayers with you always.
    Love you all,

  5. Sally Vanderhei on May 29, 2024 at 10:04 pm
    My Dear Pete, I will forever remember you. I will miss our Cardiac Rehab chats. You have taught me much! See you again

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