THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joseph J. Fonferek
Issue Date: February 21, 2019
Joseph J. Fonferek, 92, of Breed, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at home.
Born Nov. 3, 1926, to the late Frank and Pearl (Peterson) Fonferek in Green Bay, he married Audrey Johnvin on June 13, 1953 at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain. He worked as a mechanic at Dieck's Ford Garage.
He enlisted in the United States Army on August 17th, 1948 as a vehicle mechanic and was discharged on May 17th, 1952. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with four bronze service stars and a Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon. After service, he continued as a mechanic before retiring in 1988 after 30 years at Ehlinger's Garage.
After retirement, he worked for several local farmers and served as Suring Village Treasurer for eight years. A member of the Suring American Legion Post 283, he was retired as co-assistant Chief of the Suring Volunteer Fire Department after 35 years of service and was a longtime member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, where he served in many ways.
A longtime deer hunter, in retirement he enjoyed trips to Wyoming and fishing trips to Canada. He also enjoyed ice fishing and making firewood, but especially was a proud grandpa and great-grandpa and loved to give rides on the tractors and ATV.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audrey; four children, Kay DePoy, Lola (Daniel) Becker, Amy (Larry) Burrack and Jim (Denise) Fonferek; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Jean Marshall; a special friend of the family, April Herzog and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Among his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruby (Floyd) Mehrwerth, Ruth (Douglas) Harmer, Lorraine (Richard) Blaszczak and Mavis (Donald) Fawley; his in-laws, Phillip and Elsie Johnvin; a sister-in-law, Bess (Roger) Gardebrecht; a brother-in-law, Clifford Marshall; and a son-in-law, Paul DePoy.
Visitation will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Michael Paholke will officiate with interment in Breed Union Cemetery. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made in his name to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, the Village of Suring Fire Department or an organization of one's choice.