Thomas J. Kowanda

Thomas J. Kowanda, 81, formerly of West Bend, entered eternal rest on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Mt. Home, Ark.

He was a graduate of West Bend High School and served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.

Later, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin.

Tom was president of the Great Lakes Packing Co. of Chicago.

Survivors include a stepson, Jerry (Susan) Taylor; step-grandchildren, Jim and Jill; and sisters, Bernice Schoofs and Mary (Robert) Rosenthal.

Also surviving are nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph and Irma Kowanda; a brother, James; a brother-in-law, Francis C. Schoofs; and his wives, Audrey (Taylor) and Hazel (Palmer).

Private burial of his cremains will be at a later date.