Nov. 22, 1915 - Dec. 11, 2009
Anthony "Tony" Bralick, 94, of Hayward, passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the Hayward Nursing Home.
Anthony Francis Bralick was born Nov. 22, 1915, in Waukesha, the son of John and Hermina (Sikora) Bralick. He was raised and attended school in Waukesha. In 1937, Tony was joined in marriage to Hazel Jones in Waukesha. Tony joined the U.S. Army and served his country overseas during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was given the Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal. After his time in the service, Tony returned to Wisconsin and drove truck for several businesses before moving to Hayward, where he operated a tavern and gas station. He also was one of the founders of the Hayward area-fishing guides’ association. He served as secretary and booking agent for many years for the area’s guides. During the winter months, Tony worked as a fishing guide in Daytona Beach, Fla. On Oct. 27, 1984, Tony was united in marriage to Amelia Olson of Hayward. Tony was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7233 in Hayward and St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was inducted into the Hall of Legendary Anglers at the Fishing Hall of Fame and was active with Fishing Has No Boundaries.
Tony is survived by four stepchildren, Virginia (Geoff) Dorr of Rockford, Ill., Ronald Olson of Hayward, Roger (Carol) Olson of De Pere and John (Connie) Olson of Hayward; two sisters, Mary Ann Ziebell of Waukesha and Frances Hegeman of Burlington; five stepgrandchildren, Megan Olson, Daniel Olson, Mitchell Dorr, Kristin Olson and Jocelyn Olson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Hazel; second wife, Amelia; five brothers; and one sister.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, Dec. 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hayward with the Rev. Philip Juza officiating. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Wednesday, Dec. 16, at St. William Catholic Church in Waukesha with the Rev. Jason Lavann officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in the town of Genesee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tony’s family.
Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Home & Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 715-634-2609. Online condolences may be left at www.andersonnathan.com.