JS: Milwaukee Archdiocese steps in to bury artist who died indigent and in isolation

Timothy Decker, once a successful wire sculptor who died indigent in Milwaukee County after living in the shadows of near isolation, was buried in bright sunshine Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery.

"This beautiful day reminds us of the dignity of human life," Father Tim Kitzke said during a graveside service just several yards from the fast-paced traffic on W. Appleton Ave.

A hearse delivered Decker's body to the gravesite following a slow procession through the cemetery. Several members of St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee were there to offer prayers and ensure Decker was not buried in obscurity.

"Everyone should be respected and loved, especially people who fall through the cracks" of society, Kitzke said in an interview before the service. He is vicar for urban ministry with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
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