My biological father died when I was
9 months old, but this Dad took over and did a great job!
He worked full time at the Motors and many, many part-time jobs to support
us and send us to Catholic school. Although I hated Catholic school and
the strict nuns, he insisted I complete a Catholic high school education;
without that education, I never would have gone on to college. I miss him
and think about him daily.
Carl J. Widmar, Sr., 65,
died September 13, 1979, at St. Catherine's Hospital after a one-week
He was born
September 30, 1913 in Kenosha, the son of the Late Mr. and Mrs. Matt (Mary
educated in local Schools and was a lifelong resident of the city.
Helen B. Mechowicz in 1934. She died on October 29, 1949. On June 23,
1951, he married Louise Bielewicz Hansen, who survives him.
employed as a millwright by American Motors Corp.
He was a
member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, United Auto Workers Local 72
Retirees Club and the Ke-Nash-A Club.
besides his wife are sons, Carl J. Widmar, Jr. and Dennis J. Widmar, and
Donald R. Hansen and Thomas H. Hansen, all of Kenosha; four daughters,
Mrs. Howard (Marlene) Schmaling and Mrs. Joseph (Jane) Marinelli, both of
Kenosha, Mrs. Conrad (Barbara) Gordon, Racine, and Miss Toni Marie Widmar,
at home; 18 grandchildren; two brothers, Frank, Sr., Kenosha, and Anthony,
Racine; and five sisters, Mrs. Frank (Marie) Schoettler, Mrs. Bert (Rose)
Richie, Mrs. Joseph (Esther) Chovan, Mrs. Leonard (Lucille) Maurer and
Mrs. John Adeline Cibrario, all of Kenosha.
preceded in death by twin daughters and a great-grandson.