John P. Beres Sr.

March 17, 1930 — April 19, 2015

John P. Beres Sr.John P. Beres Sr., born March 17, 1930, in Big Bend, passed to eternal life Sunday, April 19, 2015, at age 85.

He is survived by special friend Carol Woodcock, and children Therese (Bruce) Zivney, John (Karen), Mark (Joan), Maureen Pohle, Stephen (Gina), Patrice (Will) Kaye, Vincent (Pam), Monica (Anthony) Jennaro, Pauline (Chris) Rosecky, and Christopher (Catherine). He is further survived by his brother and sister, William (Marsha), and Agnes (Lloyd) Salentine; brother-in-law and sisters-inlaw Lucille, Alvin Schaefer, Rita, Pat, and Janet Shea.

John also is survived by 29 grandchildren and 12.5 great-grandchildren.

John was proceeded in death by his wife, Patricia (nee Shea); his parents, Nicholas and Margaret (nee Bensing) Beres; brothers and sisters Leo, Msgr. Francis, Harold, Margaret Schaefer, Nicholas, George, Veronica and Anna. He was further preceded in death by William and Florence Shea; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Loretta, Joseph Schaefer, and William Shea.

John was the sole owner of John Beres Builders, founded in 1959. He was an active 75-year member of Holy Apostles Church in New Berlin and also a member of St. Bruno’s Church in Dousman. John was a member of the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus, a charter member (1954-1969) of the New Berlin Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Catholic Financial since 1947.

Visitation will be Friday, April 24, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 16000 W. National Ave., from 4 p.m. until the time of prayer service at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.

Interment will be at Holy Apostles Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Catholic Memorial High School, Holy Apostles Church, St. Bruno’s Church or St. Colettas of Wisconsin would be appreciated.

The family would like to thank Dr. Susanne Krasovich and her team, the staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and the staff at Angels-Grace Hospice for their compassionate care of John.

Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home – Crematory & Pre-Arrangement Center, 10210 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, is serving the family. For more information, call 414-546-4342, or for online condolences, visit