William J. Ciriacks, 78

William J. Ciriacks, 78, of the town of Saukville, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born on the family farm in the town of Saukville on Sept. 13, 1932, the son of Leroy and Mildred Spartz Ciriacks. On Dec. 30, 1950, he married Jeanne Kocher at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Newburg.

Bill was the founder and president of Lakeland Cartage Trucking. He was in trucking his entire life, starting with driving a milk truck at the age of 16. His memory was incredible. He knew every highway, byway, pothole and exit from here to New York City.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Port Washington Lions Club and the Rivers Edge Breakfast Club. Billís passion in life was his family. He also enjoyed RV-ing and taking care of his yard.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jeanne; four children, Jane (Tom) Cain of Sheboygan, Julie Kremer of Grafton, William L. (Sharon) Ciriacks of Port Washington and Jeff Ciriacks of Saukville. He is further survived by 11 grandchildren, Michael (Ali) Cain, Matthew (Stephanie) Cain and Andrew (Hilary) Cain, Bryan and Ben Kremer, Stephanie and Alec Ciriacks, Mollie and Matthew Werner, Teanna (Wes) Bottoff and Lyndsey Ciriacks; five great-grandchildren, Marlowe, Samuel, Abigail, Max and Claire Cain; one sister, Margaret (Ralph) Goeden-Chapman of West Bend; one sister-in-law, Nancy Ciriacks of Saukville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Dylan Ciriacks; daughter-in-law, Nancy Ciriacks; one brother, Robert Ciriacks; and his step-mother, Malinda Ciriacks.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 521 Congress Drive, Newburg, with the Rev. Kevin Kowalske and the Rev. Guy Gurath officiating. He will be laid to rest in St. Finbar Cemetery in Saukville. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 19, at the church from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.