Henry F. Opicka, 88, Kewaunee, passed away on October 8, 2021. Henry was born on July 14, 1933, to the late Henry and Mae (Sterba) Opicka. Henry was a graduate of Casco High School. On June 11, 1966 he married Johanna (Kroening) Simonar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma. Together they farmed in Slovan until 1979, then he worked for Vollrath in Kewaunee until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee. In his free time, he was a member of the Happy Hoppers Dance Club where he enjoyed Polka dancing. He loved taking care of his yard, keeping it in perfect shape, nothing ever out of place. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
Henry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Johanna; daughter, Brenda (Alan) Hirst, Kewaunee, stepdaughter Gail (Alan) Zellner, Kewaunee, stepdaughter-in-law, Pat Simonar (special friend Wayne), New Franken; step-grandchildren, April Massey, Amy Terrien, Kevin (Peggy) Zellner, Kim (Mike) Rossa; step--great-grandchildren, Ben Massey, Kirsten Massey, Xavier Terrien, Jared Zellner, Justin Zellner, Brittany Kostichka, Zach Kostichka, Alison (Mark), Clayton, and Michelle; in addition there are 4 step-great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mae Opicka; stepson, Ronnie Simonar; sisters, Evelyn (Harvey) Paplham, Frances (Harlan) Burmeister; father- and mother-in-law, Ernest and Louise Kroening; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Gertie (Victor) Harmann, Cliff (Max) Kroening, Loretta (Jerome) Franda, and Orville Kroening.
Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 9-11 am. Funeral service will take place at 11 am with Pastor Matthew Sprunger officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. The Family is requesting that everyone kindly wear masks for the visitation and the funeral. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Home – Casco is assisting the family. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com.
A special thank you to the caring staff of Algoma Long Term Care Unit and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care of Henry.