James Welak, 88, Mayville

March 16, 2019

James “Jim” S. Welak, 88, Mayville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 14, 2019, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, March 18, at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mayville with the Rev. Tom Biersack presiding. A visitation will be held Monday, March 18, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass at noon at church. Burial will be held at St. Mary Cemetery in Mayville.

James was born the son of Walter and Laura (Okon) Welak on Oct. 26, 1930, in Dodge County. He was united in marriage to Elinor Serwe on Oct. 27, 1951, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mayville. He worked at Reiser Cheese Factory for a number of years and then went to Maysteel where he retired from in 1994 after more than 40 years of service. He also worked part time for Jerry Polzin’s Vending for 30 years. James was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Mayville.

He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors, family and friends. Jim enjoyed taking care of his yard and his garden, of which he was always very proud. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always went to the Maysteel Retirees luncheons, because he would meet up with his fellow workers from all those years there.

James is survived by his children, Arlitt (Wayne) Del Ponte of Mayville, Kate (Keith) Stieve of Mayville, Dennis (Kim) Welak of Horicon and Tim (Patti Clement) Welak of Horicon; grandchildren, Kim (Gill) Brown, Chris (Greg) Neu, Jackie (Dev) Beal, Shelly (Jeff) Walters, Eric (friend, Tracy Trepanier) Welak, Cory (Kimberly) Welak, Keith Welak, Jenni (Mitch) Matuszeski, Heather (Blake) Tonn and Ashley (Becki Herbst) Welak; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Tom (Diane) Welak; and sister-in-law, Jeanette Welak.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elinor; parents; brothers, John and Eugene; and sisters, Jeanette and Mary.

A special thank you to the Mayville Police Department, Mayville EMS, and Hillside Home Care for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Agnesian Cancer Center.

Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. For online condolences and other information please visit www.KoepsellFH.com.