ANTHONY FRANCIS “TONY” BOCCHINI

Anthony Francis “Tony” Bocchini, 85, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2014, at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Center.

Tony was born to Anthony and Mary (Giaudrone) Bocchini on May 5, 1929, in Bay View, Wis.

He graduated from Boys Tech in Milwaukee in 1949 and then joined the Army in 1951. During his military career, he graduated OCS as second lieutenant in 1952. He proudly served in the Korean War from 1954-56, leaving the armed forces in 1958.

Tony married his loving wife of 63 years, Charline Van Der Elsen, on April 21, 1951, in Milwaukee, Wis. While raising his family, he pursued and received his Metallurgical Engineering degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Tony worked at Wehr Steel and Bucyrus Erie before joining the Kohler Co. in 1972. Throughout his career, he was instrumental in bringing new technology to the Foundry through the Herman Line, the Osborn, and the ATL. He was the vice president of Metals and the general manager of the Shanghai plant (which he worked on from the ground up) for the last 10 years of his career. After 32 years with the Kohler Co., he retired after which he spent one year as acting vice president of Operations for the Kohler Canac facility in Canada.

There was no one more important to Tony than his wife, Char. They raised six wonderful children and then traveled the world together. They shared their 50th wedding anniversary and Tony’s 80th birthday with the entire family in Las Vegas. He could never be surrounded enough by his kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and granddogs. In May he celebrated his 85th birthday with his family and friends at Doug and Lisa’s house in Kohler.

Tony’s love for learning was evidenced by his vast library and knowledge of languages. His work allowed him, and often times with Char, to travel worldwide. He was fascinated by different cultures. In any language or country, Tony was respected and admired for embracing the people and their culture. When he spent time with someone, he shared with them all of his knowledge and truly entertained them with conversation and stories.

In addition to his wife, Char, Tony is survived by three daughters, Debi (Monte) Berget of Arizona, Diane Siever of Sheboygan and Donna (David) Krueger of Kohler; two sons, David (Ali) Bocchini of Costa Rica and Doug (Lisa) Bocchini of Kohler; 10 grandchildren, Rachelle Siever, Matthew Siever, Andrew Miller, Michael Krueger, Douglas Bocchini Jr., Anthony (AJ) Bocchini, Dominic Bocchini, Nikko Valenza, Anthony (Little Tony) Bocchini and Lucas Bocchini; and two great-grandchildren, Adrian Fale and Isabella King. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Bocchini of Philadelphia, Pa.; his sister-inlaw, Carol (Hans) Hausmann of West Bend; and many nieces and nephews.

Tony was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Bockini; his mother, Mary C. (Giaudrone) Bocchini; a daughter, Daryl (James) Miller; three sisters-in-law, Joan Bocchini, Connie Bocchini and Elaine (Neill) Boushon; and one brother-in-law, Russ Van Der Elsen.

A memorial Mass to celebrate Tony’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. John Evangelical Catholic Church in Kohler with the Rev. Bob Lotz officiating. Burial and military honors will take place at Woodland Cemetery in Kohler.

Relatives and friends may call at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been established in Tony’s name for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, Sheboygan County Meals on Wheels, and the Kohler Schools-Ebben Field.

For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com.The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Tony’s family with arrangements.


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