Clarence "Bud" J. Stoeger
Clarence "Bud" James Stoeger, 91, of Sheboygan, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in the presence of his children. With his passing comes the loss of another member of the "greatest generation".
Clarence was born on June 11, 1922 in Institute, WI, a son of the late Rudolph and Margaret (Cunningham) Stoeger. On June 26, 1943 he married Virginia Peterson in Institute. They resided in Sturgeon Bay until 1964 when they moved to Sheboygan. Virginia preceded him in death on October 3, 2002
Clarence served in World War II
from 1944 to 1946. He was in the infantry and fought in France and Germany. He was awarded the Infantry Combat Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart
, Bronze Star
and four battle stars. After the war Clarence was promoted to fire chief in the army fire department in Frankfurt and Hochst, Germany until his honorable discharge in 1946. After returning from the war he worked in Sturgeon Bay at the Evangeline Condensary and Bay Shipbuilding as a welder. In 1964 he was hired by Lake to Lake Dairy in Sheboygan as a maintenance engineer and retired in 1984. In his retirement he was employed at St. Nicholas Hospital as a nighttime maintenance person.
Clarence was an avid sports fan watching the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, golf, bike races and car races, especially the Indy 500.
Clarence cherished and was proud to have had the opportunity to participate, with his son, Ken, and fellow WWII veterans, on the September, 2010 Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Clarence's grandchildren and great grandchildren brought him great joy and he had a nickname for nearly each one.
Clarence was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Sheboygan.
Clarence is survived by his six children, Kenneth (Maureen) Stoeger of Fitchburg, JoAnne (Bob) Uhl of Stevens Point, Daniel Stoeger of Fish Creek, Jeanne Woody of Neenah, Sandy (Ted) Udovich of Sheboygan and LeeAnn (Gary) Bonnett of Sheboygan; eight grandchildren, Alicia (Ryan) Forrer, Nicholas, Hunter (Jackie) and Macaira Woody, Jeremy (Brandy) and Lindsay Udovich, Jamie Andrews (Dave Sommer) and Kyle Bonnett and seven great grandchildren, Carter Woody, Sophia Woody, Cameron, Liam and Rowan Udovich and Annalise and Jade Sommer. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his brothers, Mike and Walter; sisters, Ella, Edna, Cele and Florence and a son-in-law, Bruce Woody.
A celebration of Clarence's life will be held with a Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1305 Humboldt Ave., Sheboygan, on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Paul Fliss as celebrant. Burial with military rites accorded by VFW
Post 9156 will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Family and friends may gather at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12 St., Sheboygan on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m.
Memorials in Clarence's name can be made to the Wisconsin Honor Flight Program or to the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice Center.
Clarence's family would like to thank Drs. Warren Brauer and Louie Coulis along with the nurses and staff at St. Nicholas Hospital and the health care provider and staff at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for their care and compassion during his illness
Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com