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Brian K. Feldner, 58, of Plover, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at St. Michael's Hospital following a long illness. He died with peace and dignity, surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13 at the Ritchay Funeral Home, 1950 12th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids. A brief prayer service in celebration of Brian's life will be shared at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial at Riverside Cemetery in Nekoosa. Rev. William Menzel will officiate. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ritchayfuneralhome.com.
Brian was born September 23, 1954 in Wisconsin Rapids to Vernon and Martha (Wilczynski) Feldner. He married his best friend and love of his life, Cindy Choudoir, on September 17, 1988 in Stevens Point. She survives. The Feldners would have been married 25 years in September.
Brian graduated from Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids in 1972, and attended classes at UW-Stevens Point. He worked for Haessly & Haessly construction and Bassuener excavating and construction as a heavy equipment operator. Most recently, he was employed by the State of Wisconsin as a petroleum products inspector until retiring in 2011 after 20 years.
Brian enjoyed camping with his wife, close friends and cousins, traveling to various parks throughout Wisconsin in his RV. He treasured summer days at the family cottage on Lake Katherine in Wisconsin's northwoods. Brian also was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and enjoyed watching almost anything on the Military Channel. He had a special connection to animals, especially cats and dogs. In recent months he took great satisfaction volunteering to care for the animals at the Humane Society of Portage County, and the staff loved to have him as part of their team. He had many special longtime friends in his life and valued his relationships with them. Brian will also be remembered for his sense of humor, his smile, and his kindness to others.
In addition to his wife, Brian is survived by his sister, Claudia (Bill) Morrissey, Sun Prairie; sister-in-law, Karen Feldner, Nekoosa; 15 nieces and nephews; 13 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha (Wilczynski) Feldner, his father, Vernon Feldner, and beloved brother, Tom Feldner.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in memory of Brian Feldner to the Humane Society of Portage County, 3200 Iber Lane, Plover, WI 54467 (on-line: http://www.hspcwi.org).
Published in Stevens Point Journal on July 10, 2013