Francis “Bill” W. Connors, age 83, went to the arms of our Heavenly Father on Saturday, August 9, 2008.
Friends may gather on Monday, August 18, 2008 at the Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the American Legion Post #146 to walk through at 6:00 PM. There will also be a visitation on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at St. Katharine Drexel Maple Ave. Church from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday at the Church at 11:00 AM with Fr. Charles Scheuerell officiating. Entombment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Town of Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin. Military honors will be provided.
Francis William Connors was born on May 28, 1925 in the Town of Westford, Richland County, Wisconsin, to William John and Olive Rose (Ruetten) Connors. Bill attended the rural schools and St. Mary”s Elementary School in Richland Center, graduating from Richland Center High School in 1943. He proudly served in the United State Navy from 1943 until 1946 then returning to active duty from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1954. Bill attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, graduating in 1949. Following college, he began his business career as a newspaper reporter and became editor and ultimately president and co-owner of the Citizen Publishing Co. in Beaver Dam, until retiring from the work he dearly enjoyed in 1986. Bill served as a director of Marine Bank from 1971 until 1986 and was a director, then president, of Beaver Dam Community Hospitals from 1977 until 1986. He was also on the board of Advisors for St. Joseph”s Hospital in Beaver Dam from 1967 until 1971. Bill was a director and 1964 president of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, receiving the Member of the Year Award in 1993. He also was a director and president of the Beaver Dam United Fund, on the Board of Trustees of the Williams Free Library, and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees for the Beaver Dam Scholarship Foundation. Bill was a director and long-time member of Old Hickory Golf Club, and was a charter member and past president and director of Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Bill”s faith was also an important role in his life. He was a member of St. Patrick”s Catholic Church in Beaver Dam and a member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in St. Petersburg. Since 1950, Bill served on many of the St. Patrick”s church committees, including secretary of the first parish council in 1969. He was also the secretary of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men during the early years of its organization.
Survivors are his wife, who was at his side with love and support for 24 wonderful years, Marilyn (Kuhlman) Connors, St. Petersburg, FL, his two stepsons, James A. Webber, Beaver Dam and William A. (Gail) Webber, Tampa, FL, seven grandchildren, Bryan and Dana Webber, and their mother, Joanne Webber, all of Beaver Dam, Brittany, Taryn, Adam and Haley Webber and Kayla Landon, all of Odessa, FL, sister, Coleen (Henry) White, Fox Lake, brother-in-law, John “Jack” (Mary Ann) Kuhlman, Stuart, FL, sister-in-law, Judy Connors, Sunnyvale, CA, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, Raymond C. Connors, nephew, John White, and brother-in-law, Henry A. White.
The family suggests that memorials be made in Bill”s name to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760, or to Alzheimer”s Association, 6130 West National Ave., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53214.
The Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made on our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008, 11:00am, St. Katharine Drexel Maple Ave. Church-Beaver Dam
Oakwood Cemetery-Beaver Dam