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Brian Dahner Wermich

February 19, 1952 — November 2, 2023


Surrounded by family, Brian Dahner Wermich, a caring father, husband, grandfather, brother, and friend, died on November 2, 2023, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.


Brian, the third child of Albert and Marion Wermich, was born on February 19,1952, in Elgin, Illinois. He was raised in a home his parents designed and built in Geneva, Illinois. He was a member of the First Congregational Church and had his first job at The Outdoorsman Sporting Goods Store. He was an avid swimmer at the Geneva Pool and ran track in middle school.


After the death of his father, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin with his mother, where he attended West High School. He met Paula Cencic, through her sister, Kathy, soon after arriving in Madison. Paula and Brian were married on September 8, 1973, in Madison. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a surprise dinner party held by their children and grandchildren. They had a second celebration in September, in Door County.


Door County will always be a cherished family spot at the Olson Cottages, where he spent time with family, beginning when he was six months old.


While residing in Madison, he worked at Chappies Sporting Goods and Sears for 31 years, where he made many lifelong friends. After his retirement, he worked at Ace Hardware in Waunakee for a decade. He loved to look for American Indian artifacts around the Westport area and donated his collection to the Westport Town Hall for display.


His love of the outdoors included turkey hunting, pheasant hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed sharing his love for the outdoors by teaching Hunter’s Safety. He was proud of passing onto his son and grandson the love of hunting and fishing. He was part of the Wisconsin Eagle Watch Program and enjoyed many hours watching the nest he was assigned.


Brian is survived by his wife, Paula, children, Matt Wermich (Jess Morrison), Stephanie O’Rourke, grandchildren; Aiden Wermich, Lilianna and Lucy O’Rourke, sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Jim Campbell, brother-in-law/best friend, Ed Brandt, and several nieces and nephews.


The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Agrace Hospice, and Drs, Terras, Bodemer, and Yamanouchi.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion (Anderson-Wermich/Rust) and Albert Wermich, stepfather, William Rust, sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Marsh Hanks, sister-in-law, Kathy Brandt, and in-laws, William and Jean Cencic.


A Celebration of Life will be held at Holy Wisdom Monastery on November 18, 2023. The family will be available for visitation from 10-11am, followed by the service. A light lunch will be served afterwards.


Brian's service will be live streamed. Please click on the following link:


Private family interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Jacksonport, Wisconsin at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brian's family.



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