WILLIAM PAUL PAESE

William Paul Paese, of Plymouth, Wis., passed peacefully Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Rocky Knoll Care Center, where he had been a patient for two and one-half years.

Born in Middletown, Ohio, on Feb. 14, 1932, Bill was the son of Louis and Catherine (Lorditch) Paese. Louis (Luigi) was an Italian immigrant and Catherine an Ohio native. Bill was raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated from Columbus North High School. He enrolled at Ohio State University and, after three years there, left Columbus and served in the U.S. Army for two years before returning to complete his college degree.

Bill then moved to Chicago, where he met his beloved wife, Jean (Slabe), of 53 years. Bill and Jean were married Sept. 3, 1960, and lived briefly in Chicago, with Bill working at Continental Can, before moving to Plymouth in 1961. In Plymouth, Bill joined Plymouth Oil Co., a local business founded and owned by his fatherin law, Vincent Slabe. He spent his entire working career at Plymouth Oil.

Bill was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish, and served on the parish council, finance committee, and school board. He was an active member of American Legion Post 243, and a member of Kiwanis, serving as its president.

Bill loved his family and friends, his Aframe with the “Highlanders” in northern Wisconsin, deer hunting, golf, the Packers and traveling with Jean. He also loved singing barbershop with family, having sung in a Plymouth barbershop chorus and quartet. Of all the things in his life, his five boys were his (and are Jean’s) greatest pride and joy.

Bill suffered a debilitating stroke in 1987 and faced his condition with dignity, courage, and grace.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jean; sons: Paul (Kathleen), sons Ben and Daniel; Dan (Ann), children Sarah and William; Andy (Cathy), children Tony, Robby, Maggie and Sally; Tom (Mari), children Joseph, David, Maribeth and Audrey; and Matt (Ellen), children Rachel and Louis; also siblings: Joe (Carolyn) Paese, Charles (Mary Sue) Paese, Jack Paese and Jeannette (Gordon) Olson; and also survived by many sistersand brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Louise and Carolyn; and sister-in-law, Carol.

Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Father Dan Volkert will officiate. Cremation has taken place.

Friends may call at the CHURCH on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

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

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post #243 will conduct military rites at church following the services.

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

The family would like to send special thanks to the entire staff at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility for all the care, compassion and love they gave to Bill.


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