In Memory

James Fonk - Class Of 1965

James Fonk

Deceased Classmate: James Fonk (1965)
Date Of Birth: Aug -1-1947
Date Deceased: May -15-2010
Age at Death: 62
Cause of Death:
Classmate City: Kenosha
Classmate State: WI
Classmate Country: USA
Survived By: Wife: Patti Mother: Maggie Sister: Patricia (Bob) Wise 2 Brothers: Michael (Mary) Fonk and Joe Fonk

Jim was the son of Thomas and Margaret (Strangberg) Fonk. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and on April 17, 1971, he married the love of his life, Patricia "Patti" Pezdir in Kenosha. He was employed at Josephson & Thomey Hardware and in 1971 began working at the family business, P H & I Supply Co., where he became co-owner, until his retirement in 2003. Jim enjoyed golfing in the Buratti's Monday Night League, spending time at his Door County home, swimming at Jane Vernon, and taking road trips, especially to Hinkley, OH for Buzzard Day and to see the Packers play. Jim endured a lifetime of serious medical problems with grace and dignity. He had an indomitable will, not only to survive but, to enjoy life to the fullest. He enriched the lives of those around him as a loving husband, son, and brother, a loyal friend and hard worker. He savored each day's pleasures, was a gracious host, and scientifically assembled the perfect golden manhattan. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Fonk. Memorials in Jim's name to the National Kidney Foundation are appreciated by the family. Interment was at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.