Joseph Vaicelunas

Joseph Vaicelunas

1918 - 2012

Joseph Yuzzey Vaicelunas, 94, of Kenosha, died at Brookside Care Center on Monday, Oct. 24, 2012.

A lifelong resident of Kenosha, he was born on Feb. 17, 1918, the son of the late Joseph and Francis (Klimus) Vaicelunas.

Yuzzey (which is Lithuanian for Joseph) was very proud of his heritage. He carried a card with him at all times showing that he was a Professional Lithuanian Golf Pro.

On April 22, 1941, Joseph entered the U.S. Army in the 124th Ordnance in Heavy Maintenance in Company Field Artillery. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 11, 1945.

Upon returning from WWII, he and his brother, Stanley, opened a small neighborhood grocery store on 22nd avenue and 47th street. As their business grew they expanded and built City Food Shop on the corner of 22nd Avenue and 31st Street. He ran the grocery store from 1946-1974. The building still stands today as DeRangos. He then worked at Laddish Tri-Clover until retirement.

Yuzzey was involved in numerous organizations. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church, where you could find him every Sunday in his assigned seat in the back corner and the Holy Name Society. He had also belonged to the VFW 1865, DAV 20, Elks Lodge 750, Kenosha Country Club, Bristol Oaks Country Club, K & R Golf League, and the Broscteen Golf League. He was also on the Board of Directors of Mars Cheese Castle and McDonalds Breakfast Club.

On July 25, 1951, he married Kathryn DelConte. They were married for 29 years. She preceded him in death on Aug. 18, 1980. He was attentively at her side during her 13 year long battle with cancer. His life always centered around his family, making sure that a day didnt go by that he didnt tell them how much he loved them.

He is survived by his only daughter, Nancee (Paul) Perry; stepson, Michael (Joyce) Swift; and his grandchildren, Kathryn and Dante Perry, Michelle (Joe) Grasso and Michael (Ursula) Swift.

Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley.

The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff of Brookside Care Center for all of the kind and compassionate care they gave Yuzzey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 29, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment at St. George Cemetery with full military honors will follow. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Proko Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be greatly appreciated.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory

5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533

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Proko Funeral Home
5111 60th St. Kenosha, WI 53144
(262) 654-3533

Published online at on Oct. 25, 2012