Obituary: William L. Cisewski

William L. Cisewski, 85, of Institute, died Thursday afternoon, August 25, 2016 at his home.

He was born June 1, 1931, in Winona, MN, the son of Joseph and Nora (Herbert) Cisewski. Bill attended high school in Winona, and after graduating in 1949, he enlisted with the United States Marines and served during the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the U.S. Marine Reserves, he went to work for Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee. Bill married Jacqueline A. Zayac in Milwaukee. They moved to Door County in 1966 and purchased the Sands Motel in Baileys Harbor, which they operated for over 18 years. Bill maintained the property and Jackie worked in the front office. They loved all of the people they came to know over the years, especially the regulars. After selling the motel, Bill worked for Al Johnson’s in Sister Bay in maintenance. Jackie passed away April 20, 1989.

On September 7, 1991, Bill was united in marriage to Jane A. Thiry at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute. They shared over 26 years of marriage.

Bill was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 527 in Sister Bay. He enjoyed bowling in league for many years at the Sister Bay Bowl. Bill loved watching sports, especially Marquette basketball and the Chicago Bears. He also liked taking care of his lawn and hardscaping with rocks he had collected.

Bill will be deeply missed by his wife, Jane; son, Jeffrey Cisewski Atlanta, GA; daughter, Lori (Rolf) Johnson of Sister Bay; grandson, Jesper Johnson; sister-in-law, Mary Cisewski of Belgium, WI; his dog, Rosie; and his cat, Miss Kitty.

He was preceded in by his parents; wife, Jackie; step-daughter, Britt Cisewski; brothers; Don and Miles (Anita) Cisewski.

Bill’s life was honored with a memorial service on Monday, August 29, 2016 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Bob Stegmann officiating. Burial will be in Little Sister Cemetery in Sister Bay.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Bill’s honor for the Britt Cisewski-Angela Clark Scholarship Fund.

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