Wallace “Wally” J. Haske, 89, a resident of Manitowoc, and formerly of Rogers City, entered eternal life Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Rivers Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Manitowoc.
Wally was born February 19, 1928 in Rogers City to the late Stanley and Helen Sobczynski Haske. He graduated from Rogers City High School with the class of 1947. On December 30, 1950, Wally married Janet Tadych at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death April 7, 2017.
After working numerous jobs to help his widowed mother support their family, Wally sailed for the Great Lakes Fleet of United States Steel Corporation for 30 years. He retired from the steamer, Rogers City, in 1977 as chief engineer. After his retirement, Wally moved with his family to Manitowoc where he was employed by Manitowoc Engineering. He worked there for 13 years until retiring in 1990 as head boiler operator. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Survivors include Wally’s five children, Jeanne Haske of Manitowoc, Paula Haske of Denmark, Wisconsin, James (Sharon) Haske of Rogers City, John (Virginia) Haske of Algoma, Wisconsin and Gerald (Linda) Haske of Coleman, Wisconsin; daughter-in-law, Judith Haske of Manitowoc, Wisconsin; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two brothers, Richard (Billie) Haske of Canton and William (Georgiana) Haske of Herron; sister, Catherine (Clarence) Purgiel of Gaylord; also other relatives and friends. Wally was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Janet; son, Michael; brother, Stanley Jr.; and grandson, Adam.
Funeral services for both Wally and his wife Janet were held Tuesday, April 11, at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo – 1121 North 14th St., Manitowoc, WI. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Rev. Dave Pleier with entombment to take place at Knollwood Mausoleum. Following the funeral service, a luncheon was held at the Harrigan Parkside Gathering Center located on the south property of the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home. The family greeted relatives and friends at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home Monday, April 10. A prayer service was led by Deacon Rich Bahnaman. to conclude the visitation. The visitation continued the following day Tuesday at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo until the time of the funeral service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.harriganparksidefuneralhome.com.
The Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home and Crematory, 628 North Water St., Manitowoc, WI 54220 assisted the family with funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials in Wally’s name.