ALOIS “PAT” O’REILLY

Alois “Pat” O’Reilly, age 89, of Cascade, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Center.

Pat was born Dec. 30, 1923 in the town of Mitchell, Wis., a son of the late Phillip and Mary Michaels O’Reilly. He attended Pershing Grade School in the town of Mitchell and graduated from Waldo High School in 1941.

Having grown up in the ‘20s and ‘30s, Pat always had a multitude of stories and memories to share.

In 1942, Pat answered the patriotic call to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Navy. After boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill., Pat began his tour of duty aboard the destroyer escort, the USS F. C. Davis, as a torpedo man in the European Theater and also served on the underwater Ordinance and Special Weapons Project. He was awarded the following medals: Victory, American Good Conduct, European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars, American Campaign Medal, WWII Commendations and the Good Conduct Medal. Pat served from Nov. 2, 1942 to Jan. 18, 1946.

In May of 2011 he had the privilege of joining the men he served with on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., with his daughter, Morreen, as his guardian.

On June 25, 1949, he married Joan M. Doherty at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade. The couple have resided in Cascade since their marriage. She preceded him in death Aug. 21, 2013.

Alois was employed at the Kohler Co. for several years, L.E. Meyer Construction Co. in Butler, Wis., before working for the State of Wisconsin Corrections for 20 years retiring in 1986.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth, and a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cascade where he was a member of the Holy Name Society in the church.

Alois was a member of Ambelang- Ebelt-Lau American Legion Post #386 of Cascade serving as adjutant for the post.

He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing baseball for 20 years in the K.M.L. and he also coached Little League for 20 years. Pat was loyal in watching his children and grandchildren playing in their sports, music recitals and school activities.

Pat was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and loved singing Irish songs and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. He so much enjoyed attending Irish Fest every year, and a dream of his was fulfilled in 2011 when he sang on stage there with Bill and Lin O’Connor. He also enjoyed reading history and how it repeats itself.

Survivors include his four children: Colleen O’Reilly of Sheboygan, Morreen (Don) Mersberger of Plymouth, Franceen (Gary) Wieneke of Sheboygan and Lance (Julie) O’Reilly of Muskego; five grandchildren: Colin and Chris Wieneke, Kelsey (Kyle) Burkhamer of Sheboygan and Neill and Shannon O’Reilly of Muskego; and one sister-inlaw, Margaret O’Reilly of Plymouth. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan; four sisters, Eldora, Mary, Valerie and Bernadine and one brother, Robert.

Memorial prayer services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Father Richard Cerpich will officiate. Cremation has taken place, and inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Cascade.

Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 3 p.m. Thursday until the time of services.

The Ambelang-Ebelt-Lau American Legion Post #386 will conduct military rites at the Suchon Funeral Home following the services Thursday evening.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Pat’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

“Mourn not now that he is gone, rejoice forever that he was.”

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Sharon and his nurses, Anne and Kristy, for their loving care and compassion shown to Dad. Thank you to the Home Care Hospice team, Mary Ann the nurse, Mary Ann the chaplain, Denise and Nancy for your continuous efforts in helping us care for Dad while he was at home.

A very special thank you to the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice Care staff. You helped keep him comfortable the last few days of his life so we could share his love with him, and lastly a very very special thanks to Marv for everything you have done for Dad over the years.


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