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In Memory of George E. Wisdom


July 7, 1930 - January 29, 2018

George Edward Wisdom, age 87, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Hayward Health Services.  He was born July 7, 1930 in Chicago, IL, the son of Harry Edward and Angela Marie (Klocker) Wisdom.  He was united in marriage to Grace Carol Dougherty on August 29, 1953 at Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park, IL.

George was raised in the Galewood area on Chicago’s west side.  His parents allowed him to raise geese and ducks in their small backyard. He also enjoyed gardening in an empty lot near the home.  George attended St. Giles Grade School and Fenwick High School, both in Oak Park, andLoyola University in Chicago.  

George always dreamed of moving to the country and those dreams were fulfilled when he moved with his parents to Twin Lakes, WI where he helped his father remodel an old house into a beautiful lake home.

In 1948, he joined George A. Wisdom Adhesives in Chicago beginning his career in the family business of adhesive manufacturing.  Along with his brothers, Carl and John, he became the fourth generation to lead the business to continued growth and modernization.   George was both dedicated and hardworking. He enjoyed over 48 years with the company, seeing Wisdom Adhesives past its 100 year anniversary.     

George and Grace purchased a vacation cabin on Middle Eau Claire Lake in Barnes, WI in 1967 where his appreciation for the outdoors grew.  They later moved to a home on Shunenberg Lake.  He enjoyed many activities especially fishing and hiking.  He loved animals.  He trained and rode horses for many years and owned many loyal dogs.  Most of all, George loved his family and passed his love of nature to his children and grandchildren.

George was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hayward, where he served as a Eucharistic minister for many years,distributing Communion and visiting the sick in homes, hospitals and nursing facilities.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Grace, of Barnes, WI; his children, Michael (Barbara) Wisdom of La Grande, OR, John (Roxanne) Wisdom of Seattle, WA, Peter (Janet) Wisdom of Hayward, WI, Paul (Mary) Wisdom of Woodridge, IL, Stephen (Kimberly) Wisdom of Overland Park, KS, and Angela (Bruce) Stastny of Maple Park, IL; twenty grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his siblings, Carl Richard Wisdom of Aurora, IL, Joan Marie Rothering of Suamico, WI; John Michael Wisdom of Franklin, WI; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Nelson; son-in-law, Kenneth Nelson; grandson, Brooks Wisdom and brother-in-law David Rothering.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 10586 Dakota Avenue in Hayward, where visitation will be held from 10:30 until the hour of Mass.  Interment will be held at a later date in St. Ann Cemetery in Cable, WI.

Donations in memory of George may be directed to St. Joseph Church or Regional Hospice, both in Hayward.