Henry Weinberger, age 95, a resident at the Tomah VA Medical Center and formerly of Butternut, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Tomah VA Medical Center with family by his side.
Henry was born January 25, 1919 in the Township of Greenwood, Chelsea, Wisconsin to John and Anna (Ernst) Weinberger and was the eighth of thirteen children. At an early age Henry and his family moved to Butternut, Wisconsin where he received his education through the eighth grade. At that time he was needed to help on the family farm and also worked in northern lumber camps.
Henry joined the U.S. Army on August 7, 1941 and received his basic training in Texas. His wartime experience with the 180th Infantry (U.S. Army) included 511 continuous fighting days in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, France, and Germany. He was discharged on May 12, 1945. He was the recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, American Campaign, and World War II Victory medals. Henry was a member of the Butternut American Legion Post 272 for many years.
Henry married Rose Ann Kundinger on June 7, 1947. To this union, four daughters were born. They were blessed with 60 years together and resided for their entire married life in the same house on Lakeshore Drive in Butternut, Wisconsin. Rose Ann passed away on December 31, 2007.
Henry began employment with the Flambeau Paper Company in June 1947 and worked as a millwright for 34+ years retiring in February 1982. He was affectionately known as “Hammerin’ Hank” to his co-workers and had the ability to fix most things.
Henry enjoyed visiting with family and friends, cutting firewood, making cedar swings, playing cards, snowmobiling, being in the presence of children, and fixing things for others.
Henry lived at the Tomah VA Medical Center since June 2008 and enjoyed his time there visiting with his fellow veterans, doing woodworking crafts, playing bingo, walking out to the fish pond, and going for rides. He was a passenger on the first Freedom Honor Flight out of La Crosse, Wisconsin in October 2008 and was accompanied to Washington DC by his daughters. He was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Tomah VA in November 2008 for his wartime heroism. The Weinberger family is grateful to the VA medical staff for the excellent care of their father during his six years there.
Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Ann (12-31-07), his parents; his eight brothers, John, George, Joseph, Frank, Adolph, Edward, William, and Bernard; and his four sisters, Mary Bruch, Ann Hoffman, Hedwig Jirschele, and Rosella Beaty.
He is survived by his four daughters, Sally (Rick) Jaglinski of Butternut, Mary Weinberger (Howard Glick) of Madison, Shirley (Robert) Faber of Colfax, and Nancy (Dennis) Liebelt of Finlayson, MN; seven grandchildren, Peter (Amy) Jaglinski, Brenda (Brian) Mrotek, Paul (Sara) Jaglinski, Paula (Jon) Price, John (Amy) Liebelt, Ryan (Jamie) Faber, and Katie (Barry) Sjodahl; sixteen great-grandchildren, Tanner, Bryce, Seth, Kyle, and Jordyn Jaglinski, Kayla and Kari Mrotek, Colin and Anna Price, Keegan and Carver Liebelt, Peyton and Charlotte Faber, and Gavin, Reid, and Alissa Sjodahl; six sisters-in-law, Hattie Weinberger, Ruth Weinberger, Sr. Irene Kundinger, Alice Kempen, Florence Zalatoris, Teckla Miler; three brothers-in-law, Rudy Kundinger, George Kundinger, and Joe (Jane) Kundinger; numerous nieces and nephews, family, and friends.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 7:00 pm vigil. There will be an additional visitation from 9:00 to 10:30 am on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with funeral services to follow at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at St. Cecelia’s Cemetery in Butternut, Wisconsin with military honors under the auspices of the Butternut American Legion Post 272.
Memorials can be directed to the Tomah VA Recreational Therapy program, the Butternut American Legion Post 272, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, or St. Cecelia’s Catholic Cemetery.
“Dad, thank you for all you’ve done for us. You are our hero and we will miss you. It is now time to join Ma so that you can once again be together.”