Obituary of Henry Robert Posnanski – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Henry Robert Posnanski passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 5, 2022, at the age of 98. He is reunited in paradise with his beloved wife of 70 years, Patricia, who predeceased him in 2015. Henry is survived by his 12 children: Tom (Maryanne), Judy (Jeff) Bickel, Sandy (Tim) O’Brien , Sue (Tom) Biebel, Timm, Ted, Sally (Dick) Unrath, Sheri (Bill) Gloyeck, Shelley (Paul) Bohn, Todd (Randi Sue), Tracy (Michelle) and Hank Jr. He is survived by 32 children. -children and 20 great-grandchildren, sisters Dolores (Stan) Bruskiewicz, Rosanne (Robert) Corral and brother Carl (Lou). He was also predeceased by his parents Mary and Joseph, and his siblings Florence (Haase) and Michael. Henry grew up on the north side of Milwaukee and graduated in 1939 from Messmer High School where he met his beloved wife, Patsy. After high school, he briefly served as a firefighter for the city of Milwaukee and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Henry was a proud sailor in the United States Navy during World War II. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served as a radio operator – stationed at Attu in the Aleutian Islands until the end of the war. He returned home and worked as a milk delivery boy for Golden Guernsey Dairy before buying an ice cream road for the dairy which he operated until 1971. He bought Bluemound Bowl in 1971 and continued to operate the business with his son Hank Jr. He was also co-owner of the New Berlin Bowl and Ale House since 2013 with his son Tracy. Henry remained a proud yet humble veteran who would say all thanks for his service should go to his high school friends and military buddies who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. He flew the flag every day and made it a point to respect the flag for what it meant to those who served and are serving today. Henry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He never said a nasty word or thought of anyone. He had a good relationship with everyone he met personally or through his businesses. Henry will be missed by all who knew him as he always had a smile on his face and a kind word for all. Throughout his life, Henry enjoyed a good mystery, spy and documentary book and older TV shows, and he was a master with a crossword puzzle. He was always interested in a good game of mutton or poker with his friends and family. Henry was an outstanding boxer in high school and an avid bowler in the leagues and competed in state and national bowling tournaments. Throughout his life, Henry was a hardworking man who would do anything to support his family. He was extremely proud of his children and their families. He taught all his children to be faithful Catholics, to show humility and benevolence towards the causes in which they believe. He provided the sense of running a successful business and the frugality he learned growing up during the Great Depression. He was very skilled with tools and fixed things that he passed down and will continue to pass down to generations to come. Over the years, he built four houses with his friends to support his growing family. It was fitting that he died at his 62-year-old home the day after he was able to celebrate July 4 by honoring the flag and the country, which meant so much to him. Visitation at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 3970 N. 92nd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222 on Friday, July 15, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christian funeral mass at 1 p.m. Private burial in Sainte-Croix cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Henry’s name at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Messmer High School, Father Genes HELP or the Milwaukee Rescue Mission would be greatly appreciated.