William “Bill” Wilinski passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Bernice (Stefanski). Wonderful dad of Debi (Terry) Bartz. Much-loved Grampa of Lindsey (Aaron) Dausel, Lesley Bartz, Loni Bartz, Logan (Dan) Nierzwicki and Kale Schmidt. Fun Gpa of Aubrey, Carter, Piper, Colton, Harper and Corbin. Loving big brother to Patsy (Jim) Dettmann. Also survived by daughter Susan and grandchildren Spencer, Mitchell and Justine Zajac as well as nieces, nephews and many friends. He has been reunited with his mother Justine, son Russell and granddaughter Whitney.
One of Bill’s fondest childhood memories was of growing up above his grandma’s bakery in South Milwaukee. He graduated from Bay View High School in 1949. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War in Subic Bay, Philippines. He met Bernice at the Eagles Club and they married in 1955. He retired after a long career at Allen-Bradley Corp. Bill and Bernice enjoyed dancing and traveling, including many reunions with his Marine Corps buddies. He also loved Bernice’s coffee cake, Debi’s sugar cookies, DeMarinis’ pizza, fishing for blue gills and watching the Green Bay Packers.
Private services were held. Bill will be interred at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, WI on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
If you wish, memorials can be made to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.