Philip Wanderer

Philip D Wanderer

Flag SMPhilip Wanderer, Air Force Veteran, age 69, of Brookfield. Beloved husband of Debra Wanderer, nee Schumacher; fond father of Katie (Jon) Poulopoulos, Amanda (Carlos) Lazaro, Sara (Ian) Fitzgerald, and Jakob Wanderer; dear grandfather of Alex, Devan, Grace, Jack, Ava, Ella, Owen, and Mia; brother of Walter Wanderer, Jr., Rev. Douglas (Laurie) Wanderer, and the late Arthur (Ruthann) Wanderer.

Philip an avid gardener and amateur chef was happily married to the love of his life for over 40 years and his legacy will live on in his beloved children and grandchildren.

Visitation Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield. Lying in State Friday February 4, 2022 from 10 A.M. to time of Service 11 A.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, corner of Park and Grant Ave, Brookfield.

Per State Mandate, all guests attending any indoor services are required to wear a mask.

Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery, Oakbrook Terrace.

Memorials appreciated to Luther Academy, 6600 North Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Brookfield or the Charity of your choice.

Information 708-485-2000 or

For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please click on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o Philip Wanderer Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

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  1. Ellen Morrell condolence:

    I am beyond sorry for this great loss. I have been praying for all of you as you walk through this difficult time. He will always be with you and watching over all of you. I am sending all my love, the Morrell family is thinking of you.

  2. Mike and Marsha (Haertel) Klusmeyer condolence:

    We were so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. Wish we could be there to celebrate his life with everyone, but we send our love and prayers to the entire family.

  3. Suzanne Dale condolence:

    Dear Cousin and Kids,
    Your dad and sweet husband was one of the best!
    His kindness and love of family and his Lord, was always evident!
    Your loss is huge, but I KNOW how you find comfort knowing he is at peace with our Lord.
    May God give you comfort and peace!
    I love you!

  4. Sandy Laatz condolence:

    My heart goes out to Debbie and her family. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Carrie Layne condolence:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you including Katie, Jon, Alex and Mia at this time.

    Sending love xoxoxo

  6. David Taylor condolence:

    MN Taylor family sends our sympathy and love…

  7. Karen and Glen Zakavec condolence:

    Dearest Debbie, we are very sorry to hear such sad news. May your cherished memories help you and your beautiful family through this difficult time.

  8. Kurt M Svoboda Brookfield,Ill condolence:

    Please accept my condolences. I know I’m getting up there in age but I vaguely remember Phil. Was he not an Alumni of OPRF HIGHSCHOOL?
    Again I remember him… thoughts are with his family…just not sure it’s Phil from OPFR.

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