Leonard J. WilliamsIssue Date: May 31, 2018
Leonard J. Williams, 84, of Marinette, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Unity Hospice Meng Residence in DePere.
Born Dec. 12, 1933 in Milwaukee, he spent his early life there and attended St. Francis Grade School and graduating from Don Bosco Catholic High School in 1952.
He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and further trained as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. He married the former Mary Loraine Stark and moved to Marinette in 1970 where they lived and raised their family.
From 1970 until the hospital merger in 1985, he was a partner with E. David Snyder in Bay Area Anesthesia Services, serving local hospitals. He then worked at Bay Area Medical Center until retiring in 1992 and continued with anesthesia work in locum tenens until fully retiring in 1994.
In his early years Len played semi-pro football in the Milwaukee area and later served as an assistant football coach in Baraboo, at Marinette Catholic Central and at Xavier High School in Appleton. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1959 and of the Menominee Council since 1970.
He belonged to Resurrection Parish in Menominee and with his wife, was a longtime supporter of Catholic education in the area. He participated in many pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Medjugorje and other Holy Sites over the years.
He is survived by four sons, Michael (Margaret) Williams, Thomas (Mary Frances) Williams, Joel (Deanna) Williams and Christopher (Nan) Williams; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Donna Zacher and Maxine Stark and five nieces and nephews and their families.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; a grandson, Bradley Williams; a brother, George Zacher and a brother-in-law, Jerome Stark.
Friends may call at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Wednesday, May 30 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Deacon Vince Beckley will preside, followed by recitation of the Rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Resurrection Catholic Church in Menominee on Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m., with Fr. Mark McQuesten presiding. Burial will be held on Thursday afternoon, May 31 at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenville. Memorial contributions are appreciated in his name to the Bradley Williams Foundation.
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