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Paul John WilleAge: 93 years19182012

Paul John Wille
Birth November 24, 1918 27 27

Birth of a sisterClarissa J. Wille
August 25, 1920 (Age 21 months)

Birth of a sisterCecilia Teresa Wille
November 29, 1921 (Age 3 years)

Birth of a sisterPhilomena M. Wille
April 4, 1923 (Age 4 years)

Birth of a brotherSylvester J. Wille
May 23, 1925 (Age 6 years)

Birth of a brotherCletus Leo Wille
September 19, 1926 (Age 7 years)

Death of a brotherCletus Leo Wille
September 1926 (Age 7 years)

Birth of a sisterGeorgina S. Wille
September 27, 1928 (Age 9 years)

Birth of a sisterGertrude R. Wille
August 22, 1930 (Age 11 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherAnton Wille
June 3, 1934 (Age 15 years)

Death of a paternal grandmotherVeronika Ittensohn
January 21, 1947 (Age 28 years)

Birth of a son
David William Wille
March 8, 1948 (Age 29 years)

Birth of a daughter
Jean Ann Wille
October 3, 1957 (Age 38 years)

Death of a fatherWilliam J. (Bill) Wille
August 12, 1968 (Age 49 years)
Death of a sisterClarissa J. Wille
May 19, 1970 (Age 51 years)

Death of a motherRegina Schaefers
July 20, 1973 (Age 54 years)

Death of a sonDavid William Wille
June 1, 1983 (Age 64 years)
Death of a sisterGertrude R. Wille
August 31, 1988 (Age 69 years)

Death of a wifeVirgil Cook
November 14, 1994 (Age 75 years)

Death of a sisterCecilia Teresa Wille
February 3, 2002 (Age 83 years)

Death of a daughterJean Ann Wille
September 5, 2007 (Age 88 years)


Guttenberg Press

Death of a brotherSylvester J. Wille
June 11, 2011 (Age 92 years)


Garnavillo, Iowa

Death October 25, 2012 (Age 93 years)

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Susan J. Wille
William Paul Wille


Paul Wille, 93, of Garnavillo, died peacefully in the company of family on Oct. 25, 2012, at the Guttenberg Hospital. Due to illness, Paul had recently moved from Tower Living back to his home in the care of his family. He was able to enjoy his family and friends up until two days before he passed.

Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 1, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Garnavillo.

Paul was born on Nov. 24, 1918, son of Regina (Schaefers) and William Wille. He grew up on farms near Guttenberg and Garnavillo and attended Guttenberg and Garnavillo Catholic schools. During World War II Paul served in the Army in the Pacific and Europe. He married Vergil (Ve) Cook on Feb. 26, 1946, and they had four children. Paul and Ve loved traveling and, particularly after he retired, they traveled to many parts of the U.S. and abroad, often in company of friends and family members.

Paul loved his profession as a bricklayer and stone mason, first learning the craft by working with his father and later attending bricklayer’s school at Ames. He enjoyed teaching those skills as well. Early in his career he worked for Peterson Construction of Garnavillo, and later he worked many years for Seedorff Masonry of Strawberry Point. Paul served as foreman on numerous large projects. These included Finley and Mercy Hospitals in Dubuque, the hospital at Anamosa, the Garnavillo High School, various schools, post offices, commercial buildings, stonework at Pikes Peak State Park, and many others. The Nativity Church in Dubuque, where he came up with a way to construct a wall of brick angels, was one of the jobs he was most proud of. Paul was in demand for many private jobs building and repairing walls, foundations and chimneys. He did masonry work on many homes, farm buildings and commercial buildings in Northeast Iowa. He was well known for his special skills at building stone fireplaces.

After his retirement he continued to do private projects and once served as consultant at the University of Kansas at St. Lawrence where problems had arisen that needed his special skills. He also served as a volunteer foreman on several homes sponsored by Habitat for Humanity in Minneapolis. Whenever people in the county ran into problems with do-it-yourself masonry projects they often called in Paul who was always happy to help.

Paul was active in community service and organizations. He was a lifelong member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Garnavillo, the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion. He served on the Garnavillo School Board for a number of years. He and Ve were among the founding members of the Clayton County Association for Retarded Citizens.

Paul was also a charter member of the Guttenberg Community Golf Course where he continued to golf until age 92 at which time he admitted he wasn’t much of a golfer anymore, but he still enjoyed getting out on the course. He was an avid card player since childhood, playing (and winning) his final game of Euchre with family members only days before he passed.

Paul is survived, and greatly missed, by his daughter, Susan Wille and son-in-law, Larry Lacterman of Bisbee, Ariz.; grandson, Kiva Lacterman of Vancouver, B.C., Canada; son, William Wille; sisters, Georgina (Lynn) Caslavka, Ruth (Ed) Kiefer, Philomena Stewart, and many relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ve; son, David; daughter, Jean and four siblings, Clarissa McLane, Gertrude Clausing, Cecelia Wille and Sylvester Wille.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the G&G Living Centers, St. Joseph Church in Garnavillo or a charity of your choice.

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