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Henry F. Opicka

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 

A special thank you to the caring staff of Algoma Long Term Care Unit and Unity Hospice for their  wonderful care of Henry.


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