Irwin Sabo - Departed on Nov 28, 2017 - Bellevue, Wisconsin
Irwin Sabo - Departed on Nov 28, 2017 - Bellevue, Wisconsin

Irwin Sabo

Born in Town of Eaton, Wisconsin on Jun 02, 1919

Died on Nov 28, 2017 and resided in Bellevue, Wisconsin

Irwin “Bud” F. Sabo, 98, Green Bay resident, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at his residence at the Bellevue Retirement Community. He was born June 2, 1919, in the Town of Eaton to the late Christian and Mamie (Smith) Sabo. Bud attended Green Bay East High School graduating in 1936 at the age of 16. He was believed to be the last surviving student from the class of 1936. In the fall of 1938, Bud and his friends, Ervin Winiecki and Ray Konowalski, travelled around the United States in a 1929 Chevrolet, camping all the way from Green Bay thru the Rocky Mountains to San Francisco, Phoenix, Texas and Florida. It was the second greatest adventure of his life. The first and best was meeting and marrying the former Frances Walczyk on August 25, 1945, at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2015.

 Bud truly enjoyed a full life, as a husband, father and family man, and as a man of strong faith and conviction. His work ethic, and community involvement and support were strong. Bud was a community leader. The University Extension asked Bud to organize a 4-H club in the Town of Eaton. Over a twenty-year period, hundreds of 4-H youth in the Town of Eaton benefited from his leadership and example. He also served two terms as secretary of the Brown County 4-H Leaders Association. He was a school board member for the West Eaton School District before the consolidation of the rural school districts and served as a census taker for the 1960 US Farm Census which encompassed eastern Brown County.                                 

 Bud was a recognized and respected breeder of Registered Holstein Cattle and was awarded a lifetime membership to the Brown County Holstein Breeders Association. Many may remember Bud as a frequent contributor to the “Letters to the Editor” column of the Green Bay Press Gazette when there was an issue of interest to him. Even with this resume of community involvement, he and his wife Fran ran a successful family dairy farm in the Town of Eaton until his retirement in 1979. While farming, Bud was asked to be a substitute rural mail carrier, which then turned into a position as a full-time carrier for over twenty years. Bud even found time to follow his passion for music, playing the piano accordion in his down time and wrote a history of the Sabo Family tracing his Norwegian heritage.

 Bud was a longtime season ticket holder for the Green Bay Packers tracing back to old City Stadium. Although he did not attend the “Ice Bowl”, he did attend the “Snow Bowl” game with his son Robert and granddaughters Amy and Kristen, he later admitted, it wasn’t his greatest decision. He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving as an usher, council member and church historian; he took great pride in being a money counter following regular services.

 Bud is survived by his four children: Dale (Diane) Sabo, De Pere; Virginia “Ginni” (Gary) Vincent, Verona; Sue Bosse, Milwaukee and Bob (Bonnie) Sabo, Town of Eaton; nine grandchildren: Stephanie Sabo and her special friend, Dan Cerling, Heather (Dave) Nagrocki, Bridget (Kelly) Weger and Erik Sabo; Jodi (Patrick) Vorwald; Amy Bosse and Kristen Bosse; Ashley (Andy) Brantmeier; Whitney (Nick) Herman; 12 great grandchildren: Matthew and William Nagrocki, Natalie  and Nick Vorwald, Ben, Chloe and Amy Sewell, Jacob and Jada Bosse Adams and Alesha Adams, Kylie Brantmeier and Ella and Leo Herman; sister, Edith Sabo, Green Bay; six brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Theresa Beerntsen, Allouez; Daniel “Don” (Julanne) Walczyk, Green Bay; Leonard (Lucille) Walczyk, Allouez; Gerry (Jerry) Le Mere and Bernadine Simon, all Green Bay; Bob (Rosie) Walczyk Sr., Allouez., many nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Stephanie Walczyk; a son-in-law, Denis Bosse; three sisters, Gladys (Art) Gutzman, Helen (Rollie) Stone and Edna Sabo; two brothers, Leslie Sabo and Elmer Sabo; two brothers-in-law, John Simon and Melvin Beerntsen; 

 Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. from 4:00-7:30 PM Thursday. Visitation will continue on Friday after 10:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 330 So. Broadway until time of service. Funeral Service 11:00 AM at the church with Rev. Rachel Knoke officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to the Sabo family at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in Bud’s name.

 Bud’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to a dear friend, Charlie Tilot, the staff at the Bellevue retirement Community, the nurses and staff of Heartland Hospice and Dr. Mark Jenson. Their care and concern for Bud and his family will always be remembered.


Visitation: Thursday Nov 30, 2017, 4:00-7:30 pm at Proko-Wall Funeral Home

Funeral Service: Friday Dec 1, 2017, 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran ELCA

Visitation: Friday Dec 1, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran ELCA

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Bob Walczyk Jr

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