WAYNE J. SONDGEROTH, age 97, of Thorp, WI, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Oakbrook Health & Rehab in Thorp. Funeral services will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. Rev. Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate, and burial will follow in New St. Hedwig's Catholic Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be: Matthew Barth, Gregory Meyer, Sean Bauer, Emily Susa, Rebecca Walter, and Brady Susa. Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 10am until time of service.
Wayne Joseph Sondgeroth was born on April 20, 1922 in Mendota, IL, the son of Leo W. and Julia M. (Prangenberg) Sondgeroth. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Mendota area schools. After completing his education, he helped on the family farm until moving to Thorp in 1940. Wayne went to work as a farmhand for Charlie Hankins, and later for Bill Micke, until his marriage to Mary J. Klick on May 29,1947 at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. They rented a farm in the Town of Worden for 5 years, until purchasing their own farm in the Town of Withee, in the fall of 1951. After retiring in 1978, Wayne moved to the City of Thorp. Over the years, he held various other jobs, including: working as a bouncer/dance inspector at Mile-A-Way Bar from 1965-1975, Mattes Livestock, Fred Turenne Construction, and hauled cattle with Henry Sierocuk and Titus Byler.
He had many interests, but especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, picking walnuts, and helping his granddaughter on her farm in Loyal, WI.
Wayne was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council #4634.
He is survived by his 3 children: Trudy (Donald) Barth of Stanley, Yvonne (Gerald) Susa of Greenwood, and Brian Sondgeroth of Eleva; 6 grandchildren: Charlotte (Jason) Meyer, Marianne (Christopher) Barth, Cynthia (Andy) Bauer, Connie (Allan) Walter, Charles (Casey) Susa, and Emily Ann Susa; 18 great-grandchildren: Sean, Gregory, Rebecca, Marcus, Dillon, Louis, Wayne, Matthew, Lindsey, Michael, Olivia, Lucy B., Kimberly, Sarah, Tony, Caroline, Brady, and Gavin; 1 brother: Paul (Yvonne) Sondgeroth of Mendota, IL; 2 sisters: Sr. Dorothea Sondgeroth of Jackson, MS and Elaine Hassler of Watertown, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary, on September 22, 2008; 5 sisters: Eleanor Baldeschwiler, Adelle Stack, Helen Lenz, Margaret Joeger, and Marion Sondgeroth in infancy; and 4 brothers: Delbert, Leon, Roland, and Larry Sondgeroth.