Hal L. Birkholz, 73

Mr. Hal L. Birkholz, of 1st Avenue in Grafton, passed away Wednesday,  
Oct. 19, 2011, at his home following a courageous two-year struggle  
with cancer. He was 73 years of age.

Hal was born in Cheeseville (town of Farmington) on July 16, 1938,  
the son of Leroy and Edna Hedrick Birkholz. The family moved to  
Fredonia a short time later. After graduating from Port Washington  
High School in 1955, Hal attended Lakeland College and studied  
accounting. Hal was united in marriage with Nancy Krick on Sept. 10,  
1960, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Lake Church. The couple settled in  
Port Washington before moving to Grafton in 1968.

Hal was a cost accountant for Tecumseh Engines in Grafton. He retired  
as chief cost accountant in 2000 after 37 1/2 years of loyal  
service.  Hal was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  An avid  
golfer and traveler, Hal also enjoyed refinishing furniture, reading  
mystery novels, attending horse pulls and rooting for his favorite  
sports teams.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nancy; and their three  
children, Tim "Bopper" (Betsy) Birkholz of the town of Fredonia,  
Scott (Monica) Birkholz of the town of Cedarburg and Sandy Birkholz  
of Grafton. He is further survived by two grandchildren, Kyle and  
Nicolette; one brother, Mel (Carol) Birkholz of Port Washington;  
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law,  Adrienne Birkholz of  
Rhinelander, John Krick of Jackson, Gloria (Ralph) Schmit of Port  
Washington, and Walt Wildhagen of Yorba Linda, Calif.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, E. Terry Birkholz;  
and sisters- in-law, Linda Wildhagen and Debbie Krick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.  
25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1619 Washington St., Grafton.  
Father Michael Barrett will officiate. The following day, Hal will be  
interred at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The family will receive visitors  
at the church on Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the National Cancer Institute or the  
American Lung Association.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online  
condolences can be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.