Husband of Kathleen Haven for almost 27 years passed away peacefully on Thurs. Dec. 18, 2008 after an over 2 year courageous battle with lung cancer. Fred retired in January from San-A-Care and had been employed by Marquette University for many years. His dedication to the sport of bowling was maintained long after his employment in that industry, by his service to the sport as a Director and Past President of the Greater Milwaukee Bowling Association. Being a member of various organizations such as D.O.P.E.S. and the 5F Gang allowed Fred to do what he enjoyed most…talk with people, especially if the subject was fishing or sports. The purchase of his condo in St. Germain in 2006 allowed him to pursue one of his greatest joys; being able to fish Big St. in search of those ever elusive muskies. Survivors include his 2 brothers in WI, Dave Joyce Pionek and Phil Marilyn Pionek, along with his sister Carol Jerry Brown from New York. Also are his nephews and nieces Linda Jerry Riley, Debbie Danny Sroka, Mike Sue Brown, Cheryl Loveless, Karen Terry Maybee, Beth Tom Stone and Jason Karolyn Pionek. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Doris Haven, his brother-in-law, Dennis Sandy Haven, along with many, many friends and relatives especially Uncle Bob, who was there as Fred’s friend during the dating years and made sure that he was there at his final moments as well. To those of you who took the time to send a card, make a phone call or type a quick e-mail, you’ll never know how much that meant to Fred as he endured this horrible ordeal. A special thanks to Dr. Robert Taylor. Without him, Fred would not have had these 2 “extra” years. And to Dr. Santosh Krishnan who made these past 5 months possible by his “August 1st experiment” assisted by Bev Skorowski, Annemarie Roper and Dorene Rossman.
There will be a celebration of Fred’s life Sunday, December 21st from 4-8pm at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial on Mon. Dec. 22 at 12 noon at OUR LADY OF LOURDES, 3722 S. 58TH St.S. 58th and W. Forest Home Ave. Please meet at church. Entombment St. Adalbert’s.
If desired, charitable donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the American Cancer Society.