Brookfield’s public works superintendent, Al Kitzer, died Friday morning after a battle against cancer.

Kitzer, 54, was an employee of the Brookfield Public Works Department for 36 years, hired in 1975 just after graduating from Riverside-Brookfield High School. He worked in every capacity in the department, making his way up through the ranks, first to foreman and then to superintendent, a title he held since 2007.

“He was one of the most kind, selfless, hard-working persons I knew,” Brookfield Village Manager Riccardo Ginex said in an emailed statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Maureen; daughter, Shannon; and the rest of his family now. He will be missed.”

He is also survived by his parents, Helen and Edward Racan; his in-laws, William and Margaret Conmy; his siblings, Phillip (Gayla) Kitzer, Richard (Roselle) Kitzer, Diane Gross, Edward Racan, Cynthia (Jim) Webb, Brad Racan and Beth (Randy) Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon at St. Louise de Marillac Church in LaGrange Park.