Michael J. O’Connor Sr., 81

Michael John O’Connor Sr., 81, of West Bend passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. He was born on March 24, 1930 in Florence, Wis. to James and Beatrice (nee Boerger) O’Connor.

Michael was a graduate of Florence High School. He served in the United States Army and later received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in education. He married Shirley Kirkess on Dec. 25, 1985. Michael was an avid baseball player, golfer and hunter.

Michael is survived by his wife Shirley; children Michael (Dianne) O’Connor Jr. and Coleen (Robert) Seitz; and grandchildren Carlee, Dylan and Andrew Seitz. He is further survived by sister Mary Shields, brother-in-law Merf Roosen, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Michael is preceded in death by his parents James and Beatrice and sister Patricia Roosen.

A memorial service for Michael will be at noon on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Kettle Moraine Bible Church (704 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend), with Pastor Kevin Sadler presiding. Gathering will be from 10 a.m. until time of service (noon) on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Memorials are appreciated to the Washington County Humane Society (3650 Highway 60, Slinger, WI 53086) or the National Military Family Association (National Military Family Association, Inc., 2500 North Van Dorn Street, Suite 102, Alexandria, VA 22302-1601).

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Hope Health & Rehabilitation Center in Lomira, Samaritan Health Center, and Cedar Lake Hospice for their care and compassion for Michael.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.