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Loved ones come into our life and go, just living life makes it so. Yet a few are a real treasure, giving us life beyond measure. On Nov. 14, 2013, Don Bostedt, 84, found his true home with his Heavenly Father, joining his sons, Tom and Jim, who went before him in 2010 and 1983.
Don was born Dec. 17, 1928, to the late Edward and Luella (Trepanier) Bostedt. He graduated from Oconto High School in 1948. Don served his country during the Korean War as a Sergeant and was honorably discharged in December of 1952. He retired from James River Paper Mill in 1991.
On June 11, 1955, Don married the former Jonna McAllister Wohlk at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Oconto and the couple raised four sons. This past June, they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. The family had many good times at Berry Lake where they enjoyed their trailer, friends, and pontoon rides. Along with his wife, Don was very active in ministering to those in need of healing through S.O.S.
After Don's first stroke, his desire to stay active led him to become a hospital host at Bellin Memorial, where Don's easy going ways and positive attitude calmed many patients' fears. Tuesday mornings found him at the Retired Men's Club, where he enjoyed visiting with longtime friends. In December of 1998, Don was instrumental in establishing the Bellin Honor Guard for the funerals of volunteers. He overcame many physical challenges throughout which he never lost his sense of humor. With the help of his family, he was able to remain at home with his wife, Jonna, until he passed peacefully in his sleep.
His greatest joy at home was having a lawn to be proud of and for people to enjoy. In July of 2003, he was recognized by his neighborhood and the Press Gazette for being a "good neighbor" to all who wanted to stop and visit with him during their busy day. He believed most problems could be solved by a good listening ear. Don also enjoyed his neighbors' get-togethers and many meals, golf outings, going to the UWGB girls' basketball games with his son, Steve, and visiting his son, Rick, in Colorado. Among his most cherished memories are the times spent with his sons and their friends on fishing trips to Shawano and Canada, cribbage games, and fish fries.
Don was extremely proud of the firefighters in his family which include his sons, Steve and Rick; a granddaughter, Amanda; and her husband, Joe Thompson; who have all served as members of the Allouez Fire Department.
Don is survived by his wife, Jonna; son, Steve, his wife, Ann, and their two children, Christopher and Amanda (Joe) Thompson; son, Rick, his girl friend, Jamie, Brighton, Colorado; and her children, Tina and Jenna; the two children of Don's son, Tom, Kari (Jay) Teal and Jonathan, Salida, Colorado; and great-grandchildren, Trinity and Audrina Thompson, Marley and Kenna Teal and Chloe Bostedt; a sister, Barbara Heim; nieces and nephews .
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. Visitation will continue from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Episcopal 347 S. Libal St., De Pere. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. Eric Mills officiating. Full Military Honors will follow the mass. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. To send on-line condolences, visit www.prokowall.com.
A memorial fund has been established. The Bostedt family extends special thanks to Unity Hospice friends, Melanie, Deb and Molly; our wonderful neighbors, the St. Anne Church family, and our friends who have helped and supported our family.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2013