Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bolwerk, Willard J. "Willie": Pegged out...

From Post Crescent:

"Willard Bolwerk, 77, Neenah, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, following a short illness at Theda Clark Medical Center. He was born June 22, 1931, in Combined Locks, son of Martin and Adrianna (Hurkman) Bolwerk. Willie married Virginia Kessler, May 11, 1957, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Menasha. He was employed at American National Can for 31 years prior to his retirement. During this time he also operated his own painting business. Following retirement Willie drove for Bergstrom Auto. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Neenah and the Knights of Columbus Neenah Council #5514. Willie was a regular cook for many of their cookouts. He was a fast pitch softball pitcher. Willie enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage and spending summer vacations at Birches Resort with his family.

Willie is survived by his wife, Ginny; his children: Mary (Christopher) Volkman, Appleton; Patricia (Tom) Smith, Kaukauna; Martin (Debbie), Neenah; Kristi (Andy) Yates, Wallace, MI; Jane (Gary) Kattau, Gardner, MA; Jon (Dawn), Neenah; grandchildren: Peter (fiancee, Leslie Iverson) Volkman, Kati (Russell) Stacey, Elizabeth (Nathan) Frailey, Adam and Matthew Bolwerk, April and Kyle Yates, Emily, Jonah, Jarrod and Noah Kattau, Jacqueline and Gabrielle Bolwerk; brothers and sisters: Theodore (Mary), Harlow, England; Gerald (Carmen), Appleton; Mary Jo (Vernon) Lamers, Combined Locks; Clair (Nancy), Kimberly; Joseph, Winchester; Julie (William) Van Hout, Roswell, GA; Roger, Kimberly; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Leah Bolwerk, El Cajon, CA; Sister Donna Marie Kessler, Manitowoc; Lawrence (Donna) Kessler and John (Sally) Kessler, both of Neenah; Robert (Nancy) Kessler, Exeland, WI; Thomas (Joyce) Kessler, Turtle Lake, WI and Donna Kessler, Green Bay.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Bolwerk and two sisters-in-law: Frances and Judy Bolwerk.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 620 Division Street, Neenah with Fr. Michael L. Ingold officiating. Interment will be in St. Margaret Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kessler Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the time of the mass. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and the Knights of Columbus Neenah Council #5514 will pray the rosary at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the church. A memorial has been established."

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