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Paul Willihnganz

December 6, 1944 ~ July 25, 2021 (age 76)



The world lost a beautiful soul on July 25, 2021when Paul Willihnganz, of Waunakee, passed away at home surrounded by his family.   

Paul was born on December 6,1944 in Iron Mountain, MI, to Sylvester and Beatrice Willihnganz.  Paul graduated from Beaver Dam High School and attended UW Whitewater, “the Harvard of the Midwest” as he liked to call it.  He married the love of his life, Terri (Cloyd) Willihnganz, in 1965. Together they raised four children, Wendy, Tim, Heidi, and Heather and they were blessed with 6 grandchildren: Kayla, Tyler, Morgan, Addison, Meg and Owen.  He worked for the Department of Natural Resources in Human Resources for 35 years and retired on his 55th birthday.   

Paul will be greatly missed for his sense of humor and warm & caring personality. A man of routine, Paul loved his daily reading of the paper, answering questions on his favorite show, Jeopardy, and watching the news. Paul’s other interests included cheering on the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, refinishing furniture, mall walking, Culver’s malts, and spending time with his family which often included sharing his wealth of knowledge of history and current events.  

He is survived by his four children, Wendy (Kent) Eilenfeldt, Tim Willihnganz, Heidi (Mike) Ableidinger, and Heather (Chad) Wagner; six grandchildren Kayla (Michael) Eilenfeldt, Tyler Eilenfeldt, Morgan Ableidinger, Addison Ableidinger, Meg Wagner and Owen Wagner; and his three brothers, Dave (Sally) Willihnganz, Steve (Jan) Willihnganz and Tom (Melodie) Willihnganz.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Beatrice Willihnganz, his wife, Terri Willihnganz, and his niece, Stephanie Willihnganz.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church located at 5460 Mary Lake Road Waunakee on Wednesday, August 4th at 11:00am. Msgr James Gunn will officiate. Friends may call the church from 10:00am until the time of Mass.  

Memorial contributions can be gifted in Paul’s name to the Carbone Cancer Center or a charity of your choice. 


                                                     Winn-Cress Funeral Home

                                                               5785 Hwy Q

                                                            Waunakee, WI 

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 Memorial Folder


August 4, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church (Mary Lake Road, Westport)

Memorial Service
August 4, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church (Mary Lake Road, Westport)


UW Carbone Cancer Center
U.S. Bank Lockbox 78807, Milwaukee WI 53278
Tel: 1-800-443-6162

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