Hanna, Alvin Jr.
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Alvin Edward Hanna, Jr., "Big Al", 70, Ashwaubenon, passed away at home to join God in His eternal kingdom on May 14, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born February 1, 1943, Green Bay, WI. His adventures in life began with his first trip home from the hospital as a newborn in Green Bay to Kewaunee making their way through a hefty snowstorm that made travels difficult. He eventually made it home via horse and sled. He and his younger brother, John, were 10 months apart in age and proved to be fun-loving, mischievous, hard working and respectful young Hanna boys. Al spoke Bohemian as his primary language until about age 7. He went to grade school at Cherneysville, attended Kewaunee High for grades 9 and 10 and then graduated from Luxemburg-Casco High. It was there that he received his greatest blessing. He and the love of his life, his beloved wife, Jane, were high school sweethearts. They were married on May 30, 1963.
Al was always a diligent, hard-working man. He began working at age 16 on Jisa Farms and then worked at Georges City Service Line, Luxemburg. He enlisted in the Army Reserves at age 17 and served 8 years. In 1963 he began working at Schuster Construction where he did his part in building many of our roads and highways as an expert Grader Operator. He also plowed snow in the winter months and worked part-time as a mechanic at Sears in Green Bay. After 17 years at Schuster's he worked in road construction for James Cape and Sons. When he tired of traveling for his work, he decided it was time to work in his area of true passion. Al could fix anything and loved mechanics! It was often said he must have been born with a wrench in his hand. He began working for Kafka Brothers as a semi- truck mechanic in 1983. In 1987 this passion to fix things became the 2nd "love of his life" when he opened Al's Service Center. He has been "waving his magic wand" ever since. Al grew his business day-by-day with hard work and dedication to the success it is today. He didn't spend $1 on advertising. He didn't need to. Word-of-mouth is how people heard of Al. When they met him and brought in their trucks, vehicles, and fleets, the customers knew that they had found the guy that could truly fix anything. Al provided exemplary customer service that is a rarity in today's world.
Alvin had a giving spirit and a smile that lit up the room. He was always there to help people in their time of need and was often regarded as a "Good Samaritan". In recent years, if he wasn't at "the shop", Alvin might have been found helping one of his children, or anyone in need. He was a father-figure to many. Everything Al did, he did with a Christian spirit. Al was a devout Catholic. He made every decision with his faith in mind, and his ultimate goal was to reach a place in heaven. He cherished his family and looked forward to occasions to simply be together. He also enjoyed relaxing with his family at the cottage in Egg Harbor. Being thankful, celebrating life, and cherishing each moment were Al's main instructions for living well.
Alvin is survived by his wife, Jane Hanna (Shefchik), his four children, Paul (Brenda) Hanna, Penny (Ken) Smith, Jenny Hanna, Jamie (Jason) Fonder, his eight grandchildren, Dave, Lori, Evan , Andrew, Grace, Ali, Sam, Owen, and his brother John (Vicky) Hanna. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Sr. and Frances (Nemecek) Hanna, as well as Jane's parents. Friends may call at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME 305 N. Tenth Street De Pere from 4 - 8pm Friday May 17, 2013. A Parish Prayer Service will be held at 7:30pm to bring the evening to a close. Visitation will continue after 9am Saturday at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Ashwaubenon. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am with Father John H. Harper officiating. Please go to www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the family. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Alvin's name for The Epilepsy Foundation and the Autism Society of NE Wisconsin.
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory
305 North Tenth Street
De Pere, WI 54115
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 16, 2013