Henry J. Wantoch

Henry J. Wantoch, of West Bend, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 at Cedar Lake Health Care Center, after 85 years of life.

Henry was born on Sept. 12, 1922 to Frank and Stella (nee Zajdel) Wantoch in Milwaukee, where he also spent his childhood.

He was a graduate of Boys Tech High School, and then served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Upon his return he went on to further his education at Marquette University, earning his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in civil engineering.

Henry became employed by the city of Milwaukee as a traffic engineer, and later achieved the position of the director of the Milwaukee Safety Commission.

On Sept. 4, 1943, he married Marion C. Boehles, and the couple began a loving family of their own.

Henry was an active member of the AMVETS Post 60, where he served as the safety leader for 20 years for the AMVETS-Dodge Driver Excellence Program; the Milwaukee Society of the Polish National Alliance, having received the "Polish American of the Year" award in 1986; the South Side Business Club of Milwaukee; St. Joseph’s Foundation, having received the "Pal Joey" award in 1987; Catholic Knights, where he was a Fourth Degree Knight; the International Mushroom Pickers Society; the Institute of Transpor-tation Engineers as a Fellow; and was a co-founder of Polish Fest.

Henry was also an avid Packer fan and was the owner of 50 season tickets.

Henry is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marion; his children, Craig (Kay) Wantoch of Woodbury, Minn., Claudia (Jerry) Peterson of West Bend and Clark (Dawn) Wantoch of Milwaukee; his eight grandchildren, Phillip, Heather and Andrew Wantoch, Cassandra (Chad) Wohlt, Kelly Zentner (special friend, Quentin), Ryan Peterson and Alexander and Alicia Wantoch; two great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Celia Wohlt; a sister, Florence Barnett; and a special niece, Sharon.

He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other special relatives and many dear friends.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, George (Jane) Wantoch; and a brother-in-law, Robert Barnett.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend, with Father Haines officiating.

The family will greet visitors on Wednesday at church only from 2 p.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 4:30 p.m.

Cremation will take place at Paradise Cremation Services of West Bend.

Interment of ashes will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield at a later date.

If so desired, memorials are appreciated to the Alzheimers Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, 6130 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214, or to Cedar Lake Health Care Center, 5595 Highway Z, West Bend, WI 53095.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family


The Wantoch family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Cedar Lake Health Care Center in Cove 3.