Ervin P. Bonlender Jr., 82
Ervin P. Bonlender Jr., 82, of Kewaskum,
passed away on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Clearview South in Juneau.
He was born on July 30, 1926, in St. Kilian, the son of the late Ervin and
Margaret (Heisler) Bonlender Sr.
On Sept. 24, 1949, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth
"Betty" Thoma at St. Leoís Catholic Church in Milwaukee. His
wife preceded him in death on May 2, 1998.
Ervin proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II and
was employed by Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, retiring in 1988 after 33
years of service.
Plagemann of Horicon and Fern (Karl) Ryan of Eden; two brothers-in-law,
Andrew Bonlender of St. Kilian and John (Marion) Thoma of West Bend; two
sisters-in-law, Eileen Bonlender and Doris Bonlender, both of Kewaskum;
five grandchildren, Andrea (Jeremiah) Wulf, Sarah (Jason) Braatz, Tim
(Sue) Bonlender, Michael and Andrew Bonlender; three greatgrandchildren,
Nolan and Sullivan Wulf and Mason Braatz; other relatives and many
In addition to his wife and parents, Ervin was preceded in death by an
infant daughter, Patricia; a sister, Margaret Bonlender; two brothers,
Harold and Robert Bonlender; and a brother-in-law, Donald Plagemann.
He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum, the Robert G.
Romaine American Legion Post 384, Kewaskum, where he was a past commander,
a past member of the Kewaskum Sportsmenís Club and Kewaskum Snow Chiefs.
Ervin will fondly be remembered for his love of fishing with his wife,
hickory nut picking, spending time with his grandchildren and listening to
polka music on the radio.
He will be deeply missed by his family and by all who knew him.
Survivors include three children, Kenneth (Sandra) Bonlender of Kewaskum,
Ronald (Jane) Bonlender of Middleton and Nancy (Todd) Waechter of
Kewaskum; two brothers, Leo Bonlender of Kewaskum and Joseph (Louise)
Bonlender of Campbellsport; two sisters, Florence
A Mass of Christian burial for Ervin will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum with Fr. Edwin Kornath
Military honor rites by the Robert G. Romaine American Legion Post 384
Kewaskum will follow Mass and entombment will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at
Shrine of Rest Mausoleum in Fond du Lac.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday at the church from 4 p.m. until
the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated.
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Ervinís
Additional information and guest book may be found at www.millermartinfh.com.