1926 - 2013
John Hrupka, 86, life-long resident of Kenosha, died on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2013, following a long illness. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, in the familiar surroundings of his home.
Born in Kenosha on Aug. 2, 1926, he was the second son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Trebichavsky) Hrupka, Sr. He graduated from Kenosha High School in January of 1945. He subsequently attended University of Wisconsin Madison, and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Eventually he took over the family food and meat business after the passing of his father, becoming one of the proprietors of Hrupkas Quality Foods with his beloved (late) elder brother, Joseph Hrupka, Jr.
John married the love of his life, Betty J (Gross) on May 2nd 1953, at St. Johns Lutheran Church. John served as pianist for Sunday School services, an usher and on the church council.
John was most recently an active member at Messiah Lutheran Church, where he and Betty enjoyed singing in the choir and John volunteered as a trustee for several years.
He most enjoyed Sunday dinners with his family, gardening, playing piano, cards and woodworking. In his last days, he enjoyed reading books, and became an even more devout Christian. John was always a selfless person who would have given you the proverbial shirt off his back. He was thoughtful and generous to a fault and thankful, ever so thankful, for his family and their times together.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; and his three daughters, Sheryl (Sam, Jr.) Tartamella, Lisa Hrupka, and Heidi (Paul) Pankratz. John is further survived by his two grandsons, Samuel III and Matthew, his four granddaughters, Tess, Mary Grace, Emma, and Lillie, and his grand dogs, Willie Joseph, Louis, Oscar, and Greta Marie. He had a special fondness for his walking partner, Willie Joseph.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 8411 Old Green Bay Road, Pleasant Prairie. Friends and relatives are invited to meet with the family from 1 p.m. until the time of the service In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to Hospice Alliance 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 or Messiah Lutheran Church 2026 22nd Avenue Kenosha, WI 53140 would be appreciated.
Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services
3720 39th Avenue
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
Online Condolences at www.piasecki-althaus.com
Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home
3720 39th Avenue Kenosha, WI 53144
Published online at KenoshaNews.com on Jan. 30, 2013