John R. Wildner, age 81, died on Saturday November 30, 2013 at Divine Savior Hospital, Portage. He was born on December 25, 1931 in Milwaukee to August and Theresa (Beck) Wildner.
John graduated from Pius XI High School in Milwaukee and received his CPA through Marquette University. He was married to Pat Swendrzynski on June 13, 1959 in Milwaukee. John worked for many years at the Fall River Canning Co. in Fall River. He later owned his own manufacturing business from 1983 until he retired in 2007. John served on the board of directors for Columbus Chemical in Columbus, and was past president of the Columbus Kiwanis Club.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling and playing cards. John always had a smile and a hug for his grandsons and was devoted to his family. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle and generous man.
Survivors include his wife Pat of Portage; two sons, Kurt (Kristine) of Muskego and Jay (Sara) of Sun Prairie; a daughter, Lynn Richmond (Chris Grimmer) of Madison; and five grandsons, Benjamin, Timothy, Daniel, Matthew, Andrew; two sisters, Betty LaMure Dorst of Milwaukee and Cecelia Schludt of Bensenville IL; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughters, Jan and Jean; one brother, Carl.
A memorial mass will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at ST.JEROME CATHOLIC CHURCH, Columbus. Rev. Steve Kortendick and Rev. David Greenfield will concelebrate. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Columbus. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until noon at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, 2825 Hunters Trail, Portage, WI 53901 or St. Jerome Church.