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William J. McCarthy

December 11, 1931 ~ December 2, 2017 (age 85)

William J. McCarthy, 85, of Rib Mountain, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born on December 11, 1931 to the late Edwin and Irene (Hanson) McCarthy in Wausau.  William was a lifelong resident of the Wausau area and while growing up attended St. Mary’s School and Wausau High School.  Later, he married the former Jane Hans at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, in Rothschild, on September 12, 1964.

William will be remembered as a fun-loving guy.  He was a skilled painter and enjoyed his time with family, especially trips to the casino.  In his earlier years he liked woodworking and carpentry.  He could also be found outside working in his gardens and flowers.  Friendships were an important part of his life and he was still in touch with friends from the old neighborhood near Thomas Street.  William worked at Wausau Insurance for 20 years, retiring from the maintenance department.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a docent at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.  William served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; children, Kelly and Kevin (Wendy) McCarthy; grandchildren, Zachary Starck, Lindsey (Josh) Mueller, Elijah Goffin, and Dominic McCarthy; great-grandchild, Lincoln Mueller; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Diana (Paul) Balducci; many nieces and nephews; and his loving dog, Maggie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Irene; brother, Thomas (Judy) McCarthy; and sister, Shannon Wilson.

A memorial mass will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1104 South Ninth Avenue, Wausau, with Father Peter Kieffer officiating.  Family and friends may call beginning at 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  Burial will take place at a later date in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kronenwetter, with military honors.

You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Humane Society of Marathon County.  www.catsndogs.org


Charitable donations may be made to:

Marathon County Humane Society
7001 Packer Drive, Wausau WI 54401



 Service Information

Visitation
Saturday
December 9, 2017

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish
1104 South 9th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401

Memorial Mass
Saturday
December 9, 2017

1:00 PM
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Parish
1104 South 9th Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401


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