Willard J. Reis, 93
May 23, 1923 — May 26, 2016
Willard J. “Bill” Reis of Janesville and formerly of Hartford passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016, three days after his 93rd birthday party which everyone in the family attended.
He was born on May 23, 1923, in Slinger to Henry and Marie (nee Boffer) Reis. He was united in marriage to Jeanette K. Walter on July 5, 1944, at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford. Together they were long-time members of St. Kilian Catholic Church.
During World War II Bill proudly served his country in both the European and Pacific areas.
Bill worked for Chrysler Corp. for 40 years.
Bill is survived by his loving children, William “Bill” (Kay) Reis of Middleton, Jane (Henry) Fronczak of Scottsdale, Arizona, Mary Rekowski of Janesville and Michael Reis of Hartford; and six cherished grandchildren, Ryan and Rob Reis, Bridget Lenz, Jared Devitt, Mark Rekowski, Betsy Pelsue; and eight cherished great-grandchildren, Tyler, Avery and Charlie Reis, Shawn and Sam Rekowski, Adeline and Lillian Lenz and Ashton Pelsue; his dear sisters, Dorothy (James) Algiers of Hartford and Anna (Dale) Ellicson of Menomonee Falls. He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Jeanette, a brother, Donald, and two sisters, Lorraine and Helen.
Mass of Christian Burial for Bill will be held Thursday, June 2, 2016, at noon at St Kilian Catholic Church, (264 State St., Hartford) with Fr. David LaPlante officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Thursday from 10-11:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Kilian, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill (1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033) or Cedar Crest Retirement Community (1702 S River Road, Janesville, WI 53546) are appreciated.
Interment will be in the OLD St. Kilian Cemetery, Hartford.
The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be found at: www.shimonfuneralhome.com.