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Edward J. Wurzer

March 2, 1931 ~ April 28, 2018 (age 87)
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Edward James Wurzer died Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Rennes Health Center in Appleton after a long and productive life. He was 87 years old. He was born on March 2, 1931 in Elton, a son of John and Emma (Juetten) Wurzer. He married the love of his life, Virginia "Ginny" Bricco on June 29, 1957 at St. James Catholic Church, White Lake. 


Ed joined the Navy after High School and became a radio technician.  After the service he worked in Milwaukee as a machinist and pattern maker.  He and Ginny then moved to Appleton in 1962. He worked at a couple of companies in the area in his field until he retired from Green Bay Pattern, a shop in which he was part owner.


Edward was a charter member of St. Thomas More Parish, Appleton. He served as Church Welcoming, Resurrection Choir, St. Joe’s Food Pantry and the Anderson-Sather American Legion Post 524, White Lake.


He enjoyed family, friends and traditions. He loved to make maple syrup in the spring up at the old homestead and in the summer work with his bees.  The 4th of July parade in White Lake is another tradition he enjoyed.  He has passed on these and other family focused traditions to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed woodworking and made his own TV trays for his grandchildren to use at college.


Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Virginia of Appleton; six children: Margaret “Peggy” Taylor of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois; Christopher “Chris” (Joann) of Freedom, Elizabeth “Beth” (Pat) Peeters of De Pere, Gina (Damian) Howard of Omaha, Nebraska; James “Jim” (Sandi) Wurzer of Andover, Kansas; Mary (Sam) Schroeder of Stevens Point; 22 grandchildren: Kevin Jr (Lindsay) Taylor, Amanda (Dan) Sponenburg , Melissa Taylor (Trevor), Chris Taylor, Jon (Paige) Wurzer, Brandon (Melissa) Wurzer, Mardi Peeters (Matt), Anna (Camden) Eure, Erin Peeters (Tyler), Katie Peeters, Becca Peeters, Alexander Howard, Samuel Howard, Elizabeth Howard, Theresa Howard, Christopher Wurzer (Katie), Michael Wurzer, Andrew Wurzer, Katherine Wurzer (Mac), Nicole Schroeder, Sophie Schroeder and Ella Schroeder; five great-grandchildren: Gavin, Emilia, and Wyatt Wurzer,  Eddie Taylor, and one on the way. He is also survived by a sister Theresa "Tessie" (Robert) Schmidt of Melbourne, Florida; three sisters-in-law: Mary "Dolly" Thomas of Lakewood, Carol Wurzer of Elton and Frances Wurzer of Appleton. He was preceded in death by parents, John and Emma Wurzer, four brothers: Henry “Hank”, John Erwin “Slicker”, Cyril (Shirley) and Eugene “Gene” Wurzer; and three sisters: Vera (Don) Eschenbauch, Marjorie “Margie” (Leonard) Bricco, and Mary (Eugene) Maurer.


Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Thomas More Church, 1810 N McDonald St.  Appleton, with Fr. James Lucas officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church from 9:00 am until 11:45am with Mass to follow. Inurnment will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Elton with the White Lake veterans conducting military rites at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established.


Special thanks to the staff at Rennes Health Center and Theda Care Hospice for the great care and loving attention Ed received.

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