Bernard O. Zoeller, 82, Suamico, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at his home with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 25, 1925, in
Pennsauken, to Oliver and Frances (Schultz) Zoeller.
Bernard proudly served his country with the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II, serving under General Patton.
On Feb. 15, 1946, Bernard was united in marriage to Leona Mikkelson. He was in the construction industry for many years and retired from Packerland Packing in 1990
. Bernard enjoyed his retirement years in Silver Cliff, Wis., at his retirement home. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and just enjoying nature. Bernard had a love of animals especially his cat, Kit, who was with him to the end.
He is survived by his wife,. Leona; six children and their spouses, Gail and Don Kowaleski, Green Bay; Bernadette and Pete Peot, Oklahoma; Thomas Zoeller, De Pere; Robert Zoeller and his special friend, Darla Libassi, Oconto; Donald Zoeller, Patrick and Debra Zoeller, all of Green Bay; 13 grandchildren, Chris and Deedra Melotte, Jamie Melotte, Melissa and Mike Melotte, Charles and Tina Peot, Tara Albers, Jessica Grissom and Geoff Sontag, Shawn Zoeller, Chad Zoeller and Jenny, Jennifer and Carl Nacius, Alysha Zoeller, Renetta Spitzer, Rita and Bill Cummins, Buddy Ward; 20 great-grandchildren, especially great-grandpa's special boy, Devon; five brothers and sisters and their spouses, Roland Zoeller, Oconto; Claudine (Casey) Zima, Abrams; Marvin (Shirley) Zoeller, Jacqueline (Terry) Corbitt, all of Oconto; Vernon (Carol) Zoeller, Oak Orchard; and his special friend "adopted son," Robert McDonald.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Reuben Zoeller, Sylvester Zoeller; three sisters, Helen Claire Bloom, Arlene Longsine, Cecilia Townsend.
Friends may Call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Friends may also call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 p.m. Monday. The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Timothy Flunker officiating. Burial with Veterans Honors will be in Stiles Cemetery.
The Zoeller family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Grancare Rehabilitation Center and Unity Hospice. A special thank you to Sandie Gonion and Debbie Gruetzmacher for all the extra help with Bernard.
[Green Bay Press-Gazette, Green Bay, WI, 21 Dec 2007, Fri, Page 16]