William F. Funk Jr (1923-2019)
William F. Funk Jr., age 95, of Kenosha, formerly of Racine, passed away on Sunday, March 10,
2019 at Grande Prairie Nursing and Rehab. William was born on November 7, 1923 in Racine to William
and Mary (Mueller) Funk Sr. He was educated in the schools of Racine and graduated from St.
Catherine’s High School. William married Mary Rohleder at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on April 27,
1946. He farmed his entire life up until he was 80 years old, first working for Gilbert and Ron Piper and
later for his brother Bob. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching the Packers and Cubs and playing
cribbage with his neighbor Cheryl Leonard.
William is survived by his son, David (Lynn) Funk; a daughter, Maryann (Rick) Czarnowski; four
grandchildren, Nicole, Bradley and Jason Funk and Ashley Birkholz (Joe DeBoer); five great
grandchildren, T.J., Naya, Aidan, Ian and Rylyn; a brother, Lawrence Funk; three sisters, Ruth Field, Rose
Trecroci and Rita Barth; one sister-in-law, Leone Funk; two brothers-in-law, Raymond (Annabelle) and
John (Judy) Rohleder as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by, his wife, Mary; his parents; three brothers, Joseph, Robert and
Raymond Funk; two sisters, Marie Guard and Theresa Celeste; eight brothers-in-law, Don Field, Peter
Trecroci, Wilfred Barth, Orland Guard, James Celeste, Stan Smith, Tony Verhoven and Joseph Rohleder;
five sisters-in-law, June Funk, Joanne Funk, Donna Funk, Lee Smith, and Albina Verhoven; a grandson,
Craig Birkholz and a great granddaughter at birth, Haileigh Funk.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at St. Richards
Catholic Church (1503 – Grand Avenue, Racine). A visitation with the family will be held at the church on
Thursday from 5:00 P.M. until the time of Mass. A private burial will take place at a later date.
The family would like to offer their sincerest gratitude to Library Terrace and Grande Prairie Rehab for
all the kindness and care given to William.