Bernard "Bernie" Wapp
Neenah/Oshkosh - Bernard "Bernie" Wapp, age 87 of Neenah, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Evergreen Retirement Community-Sharehaven Home, in Oshkosh. Bernie was born May 24, 1934 in the town of Sheboygan Falls, WI, son of Joseph and Erna (Federwisch) Wapp.
Bernie and his twin sister, Barbara, were orphaned at the age of two. They were raised by their grandparents, John and Augusta Wapp of Plymouth, WI until they were 10 years old. Their Aunt and Uncle, Roy and Angela Harnack of Kiel, WI, raised them until adulthood.
As a student at Keil High School, Bernie had a successful sports career. He was one of two football players that played for five years, having gone out for the team in eighth grade. Bernie always had a great sense of humor and a joke for everyone. Bernie served his country for four years in the U.S. Navy. In 1962 he married Joan Worel, of Manitowoc, who was his wife until 1992.
Bernie was a graduate of UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Art Education. He was a teacher with the Oshkosh schools for 30 years and his pastime for 45 years was refinishing furniture and seat weaving. He will be missed by his relatives and many friends, who meant a great deal to him.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents: John and Augusta Wapp of Plymouth, WI; and Richard and Emma Federwisch of Sheboygan Falls; by his foster parents, Roy and Angela Harnack, and by his brother, Richard Kapp.
He is survived by his daughter, Amy (Raymond) Whiten; his grandson, Reginald; by his "little brother," Mike (Patricia) Angell; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his sister, Barbara (Chester) Socia; and by Nola Richards.
A memorial service for Bernie will be held at a later date.
Westgor Funeral Home
205 W. Doty Ave. Neenah 722-7151
Published by Oshkosh Northwestern from Jul. 23 to Jul. 25, 2021.