MARINETTE - A wrongful death suit has been filed against Brent L. Kaempf, who is charged with the April murder of his girlfriend, Patricia "Trish" J. Waschbisch.

The suit was filed June 27 in Marinette County Circuit Court with the plaintiffs listed as: Justin G. Bunker, Waschbisch's adult son who lives in Peshtigo; Alexis M. Waschbisch, Waschbisch's minor daughter, and the estate of Waschbisch.

Timothy Hawley of Stellpflug Law, De Pere, is representing the plaintiffs, with Marinette attorney Nancy J. Kallgren serving as a guardian ad litem for the minor child.

Circuit Judge Jim Morrison has been assigned the case.

Kaempf, 48, is the defendant. He faces a charge of first-degree intentional homicide by use of a dangerous weapon. He is currently lodged in the Marinette County Jail with bail set at $1 million. His arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 1 in Branch 2.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for funeral, burial and related expenses, loss of income and pension benefits, loss of health insurance, and loss of society and companionship, love, guidance and care. It also seeks punitive damages.

Waschbisch, 45, was stabbed in the neck by Kaempf in the bathroom of the home they shared in Peshtigo late April 27, according to the criminal complaint. She was found the next evening by her teenage daughter.

Kaempf was located by a Wauwatosa, Wis., police officer in the early morning hours of April 29 sleeping in his vehicle outside a closed business, the complaint states.

Waschbisch was an adult legal advocate and interim director of the Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services in Marinette. She had been with that organization since 2001.