Alvin ‘Alvie’ G. Bares,
Alvin "Alvie" G. Bares, 93, Port Washington, formerly of North
Harrison Street, Port Washington, died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 8,
2011, just a few days shy of his 94th birthday, at the Harbor Club
where he has resided for the past two years.
He was born on Sept. 21, 1917, in Port Washington, the son of
Lawrence and Anna Dornbach Bares. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic
School and graduated from Port Washington High School.
On April 25, 1942, he married Catherine Plein, born in Detroit but
raised in Port Washington, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port
Washington. On Dec. 1, 1942, Alvie entered the U.S. Army during
World War II. He achieved the rank of corporal and was discharged on
Oct. 15, 1943. In 1946, he started working for the city of Port
Washington Water Department. He was sent by the city to Illinois to
study water management and became their water superintendent. The new
filtration plant opened in 1949 with Alvie at the helm. Over the
years, he was responsible for the city swimming pool filtration
equipment, board of public works and common council meetings and all
repairs to water mains and fire plugs. He retired from the city of
Port Washington in 1982.
On July 8, 1946, he joined the Port Washington Fire Department. Over
the years, he became the captain of the city’s ambulance service and
Ozaukee County rescue boat as well.
In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling regularly and was inducted into
the Ozaukee County Bowlers Hall of Fame in 1984. He was a lifetime
member of the American Waterworks Association and a 50-plus year
member of the Van-Ells Schanen American Legion Post 82 and Knights of
Columbus Ozaukee Council 2035.
He will be remembered for his quiet demeanor but was also forthright
and a straight-shooter. Residents and staff of the Harbor Club found
him quite social and enjoyable to be with. He appreciated his
independence, enjoyed going for a drive and taking the time to chat.
His wife, Catherine, preceded him in death on July 10, 2006. He is
survived by his brother, Gerald (Bernice) Bares, of Black River
Falls; nieces, nephews, the residents and staff of the Harbor Club,
other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by his
sister, Adeline (John) Deppisch, and his brother, the Rev. Elmer Bares.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. today,
Sept. 13, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 430 N. Johnson St.,
Port Washington. The Rev. Thomas Lijewski will be the celebrant.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the church.
Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials to the Port Washington Food Pantry or St. Mary’s Church are
Information and condolences at www.poolefh.com or 262/284-4431. Poole
Funeral Home/Crematory assisting the family.