THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Don Bostedt, 84, passed away Nov. 14 joining sons, Tom and Jim, who passed away in 2010 and 1983.
Born Dec. 17, 1928, to the late Edward and Luella (Trepanier) Bostedt, he graduated from Oconto High School in 1948 and was a sergeant during the Korean War. On June 11, 1955, he married the former Jonna McAllister Wohlk at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Oconto and the couple had four sons. They celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in June. He retired from James River Paper Mill in 1991.
The family enjoyed times at Berry Lake and pontoon rides with friends. The couple was very active in ministering to those in need of healing through S.O.S. After his first stroke, he stayed active and became a hospital host at Bellin Memorial, where he calmed many patients fears. Tuesday mornings he visited friends at the Retired Mens Club. In December of 1998, he helped establish the Bellin Honor Guard for funerals of volunteers. He overcame many physical challenges and never lost his sense of humor. With help of his family, he remained at home with his wife until he passed away in his sleep.
His greatest joy was having a lawn to be proud of and for people to enjoy. He was recognized in his neighborhood and believed most problems could be solved by a good listening ear. He enjoyed get-togethers and meals, golf outings, UWGB girls basketball games with his son, Steve, and visiting his son, Rick, in Colorado. His most cherished memories are fishing trips to Shawano and Canada, cribbage games, and fish fries with his sons and friends. He was proud of the firefighters in his family which included his sons, Steve and Rick, a granddaughter, Amanda, and her husband, Joe Thompson who all served with the Allouez Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Jonna; two sons, Steve (Ann) and Rick (girlfriend, Jamie), Brighton, Co.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Heim and nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, Green Bay. Visitation continued from 10 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at St. Anne Episcopal Church, De Pere. Rev. Eric Mills officiated with full military honors following. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established.