John C. Weinberger, 85

John C. Weinberger of West Bend died on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at St. Josephís Hospital at the age of 85.

He was born on June 22, 1923, in Leroy to the late Henry and Bernadette A. (Koch) Weinberger.

As a child, the family moved to Mayville, where he attended local schools. In 2000 he was awarded his diploma from Mayville High School through a Wisconsin state program that awards high school diplomas to veterans who left high school early to enlist in the United States military.

In February 1941, John enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his initial training, he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, where he was on Dec. 7, 1941. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Following his discharge, he returned to Wisconsin, settling in the West Bend area.

He became employed at the West Bend Co., working in various departments, including shipping and receiving, maintenance and as an electrician.

On April 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Jeanette K. Beistle at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Allenton. Jeanette predeceased on Oct. 8, 1997.

Following his retirement in 1983, he engaged in many activities including golf, designing and making stained glass art, chair caning and travel. He traveled to Europe, visited many different places in the United States and returned to Hawaii on many occasions.

He was a frequent participant in the reunions of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and of the gatherings that took place for those who served aboard the USS Whitney AD-4.

He was a member of the 25 Year Club at the West Bend Co., the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus, where he was a Fourth Degree Knight, the Fohl-Martin American Legion Post 483 and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

Survivors include three children, John (Lynda) of Monona, Joyce (Robert J.) Lex of Ocomonowoc and Joel (Julie) of Port Washington; seven grand-children, Amy, Jennifer, Robert M. (Dana) Lex, Michael Lex, SJ, Katherine (Michael) Gabor, Joel II, and Samantha; one great-granddaughter, Scout Lex; one sister, Sr. Bernadette Weinberger of the Racine Dominicans in Racine; 10 brothers- and sisters-in-law, Delores Weinberger of Mayville, Lawrence Zimmer of Waukesha, Ramona Pfeifer of Hartford, Rita (Ralph) Eisenmann of Kewaskum, Rayner (Lois) Beistle of Lomira, Thomas (Elizabeth) Beistle of West Bend, Howard Beistle of Allenton, Peter Beistle of St. Lawrence, Helen Beistle of Slinger and James Beistle of Centuria; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters, Mary, Eugenia Oehman, Margaret, Henry, Joseph and Anna Zimmer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with Fr. Gerald Brittain presiding.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Holy Angels Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church only on Friday from 4 until 6:45 p.m.

The family has requested memorials to the Holy Angels School Trust Fund or to the charity of the donorís choice.

Johnís family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Chuck Beistle and to the personnel of the West Bend Fire Department Rescue Squad for their care and assistance in Johnís time of need.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family, www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.