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Raymond J.

Harenda, Raymond J.

Passed away on March 24, 2015 at the age of 88. Survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Grace. Father of Mark (Sharon), Perry (Shari), and Mary (Andy) Wones. Proud grandfather of Tony, Ann (Brent), Zachary, Nicholas, Ben, and Chloe. Great-grandfather of Maya and Brayden. Brother of Evelyn Bednarek and the late Gilbert Harenda. Loved by many more nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters in-law, other relatives and friends.

Ray was a homebuilder and will be remembered for his dedication to family, work ethic, sense of humor, and amazing ability to persevere. He was a Polish Mazur dancer and avid gardener. He graduated from South Division High School and served in World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater earning two bronze stars.

A special thanks to the staff at Hickory Park and Care Wisconsin for their care of Ray.

A Celebration of Ray’s Life and Visitation will take place on Monday, at the funeral home, from 4 PM – 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, at 10 AM, at ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CHURCH (12700 W. HOWARD AVE.). Entombment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

4800 S. 84th St. 414-281-5533
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Mary Harenda Wones

Thank you for sharing your memories of Ray. I want to see that garage some day!!–Mary Harenda Wones (Ray’s daughter)

Paul Busch

Dear Harenda Family:
I extend my deepest sympathies to all of you. I have many fond memories of Ray from family events such as weddings,holiday parties and picnics, Ray was always the life of the party, laughing, telling jokes and making sure everyone had a good time. One special memory is the summer (in the mid 1950’s) when Ray helped my parents, Max and Eleanor Busch build a new garage at our home on S 26 th in Milwaukee. Ray was so helpful in ordering the building materials,supervising the work, ordering the concrete
which was poured for the floor and using his skills to insure that everything was level and square. Ray can be very proud of his work as that garage is still in great shape some 60 years later. My Father, Max Busch, is a brother of Martha Woytal, Mother of Grace Harenda.
With deepest sympathies,
Paul Busch
College Station, Texas

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