Kronberger, Wayne William (1931 - 2009)
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Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) December 23,
Wayne William (13 April 1931 - 18 December 2009)
Kronberger, 78, of Neillsville, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at the
Memorial Health and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.
William Kronberger was born April 13, 1931, in the Town of York,
Clark County, the son of Leo and Lulu (Benedict) Kronberger.
He graduated from Loyal High School in 1949. He began working
at C. E. Seif’s & Sons in Neillsville in 1950 as a
mechanic. Wayne was united in marriage Aug. 12, 1953,
to Ruth Burr at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Neillsville. While working at Seif’s, he also worked
part-time at Fel-Gross Chevrolet doing body repair work. He
worked at Seif’s until 1984 and then opened Wayne’s
Agri-Fix in downtown Neillsville, which he operated until
He was a
member of the Neillsville Jaycees, a founding member of the
Neillsville Men’s Club, a member of the Neillsville Lions and
Rotary clubs and also a member of the Trailblazers Snowmobile
Club. He proudly served on the Neillsville Fire Department
from 1954 to 1978, achieving the rank of assistant fire chief and
also serving as the maintenance officer working on the fire
trucks. Wayne was a deputy sheriff serving under former
sheriff David Bertz. He also worked as a reserve officer for
the Clark County Sheriff’s Department from 1979 to
1991. Prior to that, he worked with Clark County’s
Civil Defense in the early 1970s. Wayne built the blacksmith
display at the Tuft’s Museum and also served on the
Tufts’ Museum Board of Directors.
Wayne’s younger days, he enjoyed riding his vintage 165 cc
Harley motorcycle. He enjoyed deer hunting and ice
fishing. Wayne enjoyed antiquing and going to garage sales,
where he discovered many treasures. He also spent many hours
tinkering in his workshop and loved telling stories. Wayne
was also very musical, as he taught himself to play guitar, which
he enjoyed playing along with the banjo and Omni chord throughout
survived by his wife, Ruth; six children, Mark (Jenny) Kronberger
of Neillsville, Diane (Richard) Friedemann of Stratford, Craig
(Diane) Kronberger, David "Cleaver" (Gayle) Kronberger, Lori (Tim)
Tresemer all of Neillsville; and Keith (Donna) Kronberger of
Marshfield; 10 grandchildren, Angela Kronberger, Dori Friedemann,
Jamie Lynn Kronberger, Ryan Kronberger, Lynette Kronberger, Brent
Kronberger, Kristine Tresemer-Boon, Tiffany Tresemer, Ben Corcoran
and Luke Kronberger; and two great-grandchildren, Brianna and Elsie
Jarver. He is also survived by three sisters, Dorothy Prior
of Owen, Betty Pabich of Austin, TX, and Jean Lavey of Nekoosa; two
sisters-in-law, Mary Kronberger of Wisconsin Rapids and Helen
Kronberger of Marshfield.
preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, one grandson,
Kurtis Timothy Tresemer, and two brothers, Ivan and
services for Wayne were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at
the United Methodist Church in Neillsville. Pastor Douglas
Bjerke officiated. Music was provided by Sharon Bjerke,
organist. Interment was in the York Center Cemetery.
Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Gesche
Funeral Home in Neillsville and also on Tuesday morning from 10
a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the United Methodist Church.
Casketbearers were his grandchildren.
condolences may be made at www.GescheFH.com.
The Gesche Funeral Home assisted Wayne’s family with arrangements.
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