June 15, 1914 — Feb. 21, 2016
Donald Spyhalski was called to eternal life on February 21, 2016, during his 102nd year. Don was born in rural Beaver on June 15, 1914.
He lived a long, full life with a warm, bright smile and a hug for everyone he knew.
Don was the beloved husband of the late Irene (nee Parzych); loving brother of the late Eleanor (the late Henry) Opat and the late Norbert (the late Irene) Spyhalski; dear uncle to 30 nieces and nephews, including his nephew Dale (Judy) Opat, and his niece Janet (Tom) Doyle. he was a close friend, loved one, and friendly neighbor to many.
His great and great-great nieces and -nephews regularly gathered by his side to hear his memories and stories. Don would ride to Christmas Eve Mass in a horse drawn sleigh, keeping warm with rocks heated by the fire. Don learned the grocery business from his dad, who had a general store in Beaver. When he moved to Milwaukee at age 18, he attended MATC to learn how to be a butcher and went on to own several IGA grocery stores and a laundromat.
In 1944, he was drafted into the Army to serve during World War II in Saipan.
Last April, he was fortunate to travel to Washington, D.C., on the Honor Flight.
After a special day, when he was welcomed home by a crowd of loved ones, Don was overcome with happiness and pride.
A man of strong faith, Don was a member of St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church and was very grateful for their support and friendship. For the last several years, the parish community would sing “Happy Birthday” to him at Mass.
Don and Irene built their dream home in Wales. Don was an avid gardener and ate from his garden every day to stay healthy. Don would put on his big straw hat, get on his riding lawn mower and deliver fresh produce to his neighbors and friends.
Don cherished life and will be remembered as a kind and caring man, a living angel. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, family, neighbors and friends and will continue to be an inspiration to everyone he knew and influence to all he met. As Don would say, “May God bless you.”
The visitation for Don will be on Friday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church, W280-N2101 Prospect Ave. (Highway SS) City of Pewaukee. The Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow the visitation at 10:30 a.m. Private burial will be at St. Adalbert’s.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com