Robert L. 'Bob'
Nov. 4, 1922 ó May 12, 2017
Mr. Robert L. Hmircik, "Bob," age 94, passed away on May 12, 2017. He was born on Nov. 4, 1922, in Hartford to Ludwig and Anna (nee Fritche) Hmircik.
Bob was a member of the 150th Army Band and his love of music continued to carry over throughout his life. Later Bob was the proud leader of his band, called Bob Stevens and His Orchestra. He traveled with the band throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, playing in Michigan and Illinois, to name a few. Bobís orchestra played at the Milwaukee Home shows, American Motor Show (at the Milwaukee County Stadium), March of Dimes program on WTMJ and more. He was an accomplished musician and band leader who played the clarinet, saxophone, organ and piano. Bob owned a record company, ERRO, and worked with many people and fellow musicians.
Some of the people he played for included Jack Benny and Ingrid Bergman, during his time with the 150th Army Band overseas. Patti Page and Paul Anka were also singers Bob Stevens and His Orchestra played for. Bob was involved in organ/piano sales for many years at different companies, later owning his own church organ sales business. One of Bob and Janiceís very favorite memories was the trip they took to Italy to visit the Galanti family and the Ahlborn-Galanti Organ Company. Bob was a very proud World War II veteran and was a member of the Cedarburg American Legion Post. He was also able to participate in the Honor Flight and absolutely loved it!
Bob and his wife, Janice, started their married life in Milwaukee, with moves to Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls, moving then to Cedarburg in 1964 and remained living there until 1990. Bob had a love of healthy living, which included running daily. They lived in two more places before they later moved to Medford in 2005, where they had property and fulfilled a dream of theirs, building a lake home when they were in their early 80s.
They resided there until 2013, relocating to Grafton at The Providence Place. Bob lived a wonderful life filled with music and laughter and the love of family and friends.
He will be dearly missed. Bob is survived by his wife Janice (nee Frank) Hmircik; children: Jerilyn (James) Wasielewski, Kathleen (Glenn) Dellmann, Nancy (John Glorioso) Francois, Patricia (John) OíHara, Barry (Janet Didier) Hmircik, Kristine (Garry Nicholas) Hmircik and Brian (Heidi Ernisse) Hmircik; grandchildren: Cynthia (Patrick) Haga, Nicholas
(Emily) Hamilton, Gregory (Desi) Dellmann, Daniel Dellmann, Melissa Dellmann, Jeffrey Dellmann, Michelle (Jeff) Francois, Brett Francois, Marcus (Sara) Francois, Jordan (Jenny) Francois, Haley Herron, Frank Hmircik, Renee Hmircik, Stephen Nicholas, Aaron Nicholas, Elizabeth Hmircik and Taylor Hmircik; 11 great-grandchildren and brother Father Donald Hmircik. Bob is survived by many other relatives and friends. Bob is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law Lyle (LaVerne) Frank; son-inlaw Michael Francois; granddaughter- in-law Junko Dellmann; Uncle Anton (Lorraine) Fritche; and Aunt Barbara (Rueben) Peterson.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church (1375 Covered Bridge Road Cedarburg, WI 53012). Father Patrick Burns will preside. Military honors and luncheon to follow. The family will receive visitors at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Bobís family wishes memorial donations to the Alzheimerís Foundation,www.alz.org, or a charity of your choice. A very special thank you to all those who assisted in Bobís care, while he lived at The Providence Place, Lincoln Village and Newcastle. The Eernisse Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com .