William J. Antonopaulos


William J. "Bill" Antonopaulos, 82, of Hartford, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Milwaukee, to Theodore and Rose (nee Bushman) Antonopaulos. Bill was united in marriage to Evelyn Klessig (nee Voskuil) on Feb. 4, 1978, at the First United Methodist Church in Hartford.

Bill graduated in 1947 from Boys Technical High School in Milwaukee. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by PPG Industries, Oak Creek, in the Quality Control Department for 35 years. Bill was an active volunteer after retirement. He was a volunteer driver for the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. He also volunteered at the Hartford Heritage Auto Museum for 20 years. Bill enjoyed his family, camping, hiking and woodworking. He was known for his carved walking canes and letter openers.

Bill is survived by his wife, Evelyn of 33 years; his sons, Charles (Lorrie) Klessig of Sheboygan, Michael (Nancy) Klessig of West Bend and Patrick Klessig of Hustisford (dear friend, Dr. Kris); five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Voskuil of Sheboygan and Carolyn Voskuil of Muskego. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Theodore (Jane) Antonopaulos; and two brothers-in-law, Dave and Don.

Memorial funeral services for Bill will be held Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home, 824 Union St., Hartford, with the Rev. Brian Kundinger officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday from noon until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hartford Heritage Auto Museum or the First United Methodist Church.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.shimonfuneralhome.com