William Weber Kranstover, 96
Aug. 14, 1919 -- Aug. 22, 2015
Loving husband of the late Jane (Kelley) Kranstover, William Weber Kranstover passed away at the VA hospital in Union Grove early Aug. 22 at the age of 96.
Born Aug. 14, 1919, in Waukesha, where his family owned and operated the Weber Brewery, Dad moved to Milwaukee as a young boy and was raised in Whitefish Bay, graduating from Whitefish Bay High School and attending St. Norbert’s College. He was drafted in early 1941 and served in Wisconsin’s 32nd Red Arrow Division, which fought alongside the Australians during World War II. He saw action against the Japanese for five months in and around Buna village on the north coast of New Guinea in the fall of 1942. In late January of 1944 he was honorably discharged from the Army at McCloskey General Hospital in Temple, Texas, returned to Milwaukee, his city of dueling church spires, and worked at Miller Brewing while pursuing an interest in music by taking piano lessons with people half his age. He married Jane Kelley at St. Monica’s Parish in Whitefish Bay in April 1947 after being introduced to her by her Navy vet brother, Frank Kelley.
Dad’s PR/advertising background took him to West Bend in 1954 where he worked for Carl Pick’s “Pilot Press,” and where he and Jane settled and started their family. He eventually struck out on his own, selling advertising specialties and space to firms around the Midwest for 40 years on straight commission while raising and educating eight children. In addition to his work, he was vice president of Washington County’s St. Vincent de Paul Society, an active member of Holy Angeles Parish in West Bend and made time to attend his children’s many activities. Mom and Dad returned to Milwaukee in 1985, becoming members of the Cathedral of St. John where Dad served on the Parish Council, Sierra Club and St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Adelaide (Weber) Kranstover. He is survived by his children, Ann (Andrew) Scott, Bill (Stephanie Evans), Peter (Anne-Marie Lewandowski), Paul (Roxann), Clare (Marc Steinhilber), Laura (Dean) Spaeth, John (Linda) and Mary (Mike) Olson; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Rich (the late Marion) Kranstover; brother-in-law, Terry Brennan (the late Mary Louise); and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Dad was gentle, strong, most kind and unselfish. He passed along to us the true joy of reading, history and a love of his best friends, the Count and the Duke.
Dad’s body has been donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin. We extend our heartfelt thank you to all who saw to Dad’s genuine care and comfort at the VA’s Boland Hall in Union Grove.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
We will miss you tremendously, Dad. Goodbye, God Bless You.