John C. Lyons, 85

John C. Lyons of West Bend, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, November 18, 2011 at Froedtert Health St. Joseph's Hospital at the age of 85. He was born on Jan. 4, 1926 in New York, NY to the late Edward and Margaret (nee Jackson) Lyons. 

During World War II, John served with the United States Navy. Following his discharge, he attended the University of Notre Dame graduating in 1950. He was a member of the ND Monogram Club. 

On Aug. 30, 1952, he was united in marriage to Joanne R. Clair at Christ the King Church in Chicago. 

He was a long-time executive of the West Bend Company, retiring after more than 35 years of service. 

Survivors include his beloved husband for 59 years of Joanne, his loving children John C. (Mary Pat), Joseph E. (Karen), David G. (Jackie), Maggie (Mark) Kochevar, Michael E., Kevin T. (Linda) and Robert C. (Peggy); 20 treasured grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; a sister Mary Manion, brother-in-law J. Edward Clair, sisters-in-law Geraldine Gilboy and Geneva Lyons, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Edward. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, November 21 at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with burial following in the parish cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday, Nov. 20, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home and also Monday at Holy Angels Catholic Church from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. 

The family asks that in memory of John, donations be made to the Holy Angels School Trust Fund, c/o Holy Angels Parish, 138 N 8th Ave, West Bend, WI 53095. 

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