Bernard M. Vissers, 87, De Pere, died peacefully on November 19, 2012 with his family by his side. The son of the late Martin and Cecelia (Wilmet) Vissers was born June 3, 1925 in the village of Ashwaubenon. He married Lillian M. (Lil) Van Camp on May 29, 1948 at St. Joseph Church officiated by the late Abbot Bernard Pennings and enjoyed over 64 years of marriage. Bernard worked in Goodyear, AZ for the Goodyear Aircraft Company repairing WWII Liberator Bombers and at Fort Howard Paper Co. for over 40 years. Bernard enjoyed the cottage on Trump Lake in Wabeno playing cards with friends and making hooked rugs for his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed many travels with his wife and friends. He was particularly honored to have shaken hands with Pope John Paul II while in Rome. In his younger years, he enjoyed taking his family on trips in a converted bus. He valued and encouraged education for his children and was greatful for his family. He was a member of Holy Name Society at St. Joseph Church, De Pere, and a member of the 7:30 Daily Mass group at Our Lady of Lourdes Family Parish in De Pere.
Survivors include his wife, Lil; three children and their spouses, Steven (Betty) Vissers, Green Bay, Dolores (Laurie) Tom Knox, Plymouth, MN, Mike (Anne) Counard, Green Bay; Seven grandchildren and spouses, Jessica Price (special friend John), Jamie Stachura, Sarah Knox, Ian (Emilie) Knox, Jenny (Brian) Boeckman, Ben Counard (special friend Nicole), Greg Counard (special friend Toni); seven great grandchildren, Julia Price, Angelina, Hayden, and Lillia Stachura, Grace Durkin, AJ and Tess Boeckman; one sister, Joanne. He is further survived by Lil's family, Virgil Van Camp, Pembine, Ken (Nancy) Van Camp, Wausaukee, Rita (Clifford) Schimdt, Kaukauna, Marge Calaway, De Pere, Mary (Bob) Miller, Wausaukee, Darlene Van Camp, Green Bay, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant children, Joseph, and twins Martin and John; two brothers and spouses, Lawrence (Jane) Vissers, Robert (Jeanette) Vissers; six sisters and their spouses, Agnes (Harold) Van De Hei, Frances (John) Van De Hei, Elsie (Clarence) Kempen, Leona (Sylvester) Nackers, Verona (Harvey) Van Lannen, and infant sister Margaret Vissers; and brother-in-law Mike Roznowski. On Lil's side he was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, John and Minnie Van Camp, as well as Dolores and Bernard Albers, Fabian and Audrey Van Camp, Cyril Van Camp, Al and Laverne Van Camp, Jerome Calaway, and Barbara Van Camp.
Friends and family may gather at Our Lady of Lourdes Family Parish, Corner of Suburban Drive and Lourdes Avenue, De Pere, on Friday, November 23, 2012 from 9am until 11am when a Mass of Christian Burial will be held with Fr. Tim Shillcox O. Praem officiating. Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The RYAN FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family. Please visit www.ryanfh.com
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In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Bernard's name.
The Vissers' family extends a sincere thank you to the nurses, doctors, and staff at St. Mary's hospital, Woodside Nursing Home, and Unity Hospice for their care and support. Special thank you to Fr. Tim Shillcox and the many good people of Our Lady Lourdes Family Parish for your prayers, love, and support. "Also thanks to our family of friends at McDonalds, Main Street, De Pere. Dad always enjoyed being with his friends there along with his pancakes and Diet Caffeine Free Coke,"