Gained Eternal Life after a courageous 5-year battle with neuroendocrine cancer on Friday, April 16, 2021, age 56. Born on December 5, 1964, in Milwaukee, the loving son of Donna M. Monreal, and Bernard (Liela). Cherished husband and soul mate of 25 years, of Heather Siegel. Loving dad of Ryan, Sarah, Jade Alyssa (Maso…read more
Gained Eternal Life after a courageous 5-year battle with neuroendocrine cancer on Friday, April 16, 2021, age 56. Born on December 5, 1964, in Milwaukee, the loving son of Donna M. Monreal, and Bernard (Liela). Cherished husband and soul mate of 25 years, of Heather Siegel. Loving dad of Ryan, Sarah, Jade Alyssa (Mason) TerMaat, and Luke. Adored grandfather of The Grand Diva’s, as he affectionately referred to Autumn and Ava, and grandson, Gorman. Further loved by siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, longtime friends and his beloved dogs.
Vince always said, “Work hard, play harder”, a motto he truly lived by. He had a fierce and impressive work ethic which was admirable and a source of great pride for those who loved him. A very successful business man and natural born entrepreneur, starting as early as kindergarten, when he used his ink pad to sell classmates their fingerprints for a quarter. When he was a bit older, but still a young boy, he began his fireworks career, selling firecrackers to neighborhood kids from his front porch, out of his tackle box. Not knowing then, that the fireworks business would turn out to be his greatest professional challenge and accomplishment. Vince worked at and created multiple successful businesses, all of which shaped and honed his skills. Later he became a realtor with Prudential Real Estate Company, where he received the “Rookie of the Year” award. While he enjoyed selling real estate and further advancing his experience and salesmanship, he chose to move on and return to his entrepreneurial roots. He embraced his love of building and knowledge of the trades to create Elmbrook Handy Man and Remodeling. Vince worked relentlessly for years in that business, while also maintaining his retail fireworks business, which had always been a constant in his life, since he was a young boy. Together Vince and Heather decided to focus on the fireworks business and take it to another level, and that decision was a turning point in their lives, along with the love and support of their family, they reached their goal in 2012, when they built and opened their first brick and mortar fireworks store, American Fireworks.
He was a strong, big hearted, selfless man with grit, not afraid to speak his mind, striving to do his best, he always put family and friends first. Anyone who crossed paths with Vince knew he possessed a remarkable passion that left a lasting impression. His humor, quick wit, smile that lit up a room and his relentless teasing of Heather were a few of his trademarks. Vince would often say if he wasn’t on vacation he would be planning his next one. He had a great love for boating, relaxing at the lake, while enjoying a few beers, riding his Harley and getting the wind in his hair. Vince frequented Las Vegas, and Bullhead City, AZ where he loved to take his friends, showing them all the sites, especially, the “Homestake Mine”. He enjoyed shooting guns in the desert, going to concerts, Mexican and Jamaican vacations, State Fair, Brewer games and Packer games. Most of all he loved spending time and having fun with his friends and family!
Vince was greeted in heaven by his infant children, Alex and Savannah and long- time friend Jeff.
Special heartfelt thanks to all of Vince’s healthcare providers, especially his caring nurses and CNA’s who gave him exceptional care and comfort. Please know that Vince and I will always be thankful and blessed for your care. Love, Heather.
In keeping with Vince’s wishes there will not be a funeral service. Vince wanted his family and friends to celebrate his life, not mourn his death. In lieu of funeral services the family will have a “Celebration of Life” party. This will pay tribute to and honor Vince’s well lived life and will include a fireworks finale with Vince guiding their path into the sky as we bid him farewell, until we meet again. This event is in the planning stages. Updates will be posted on Vince’s Facebook page.hide