Donald Felix Pichelman, 69, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare/All Saints on Thursday, June 26, 2008. He was born in Stockton, WI on July 9, 1938 to the late William and Sofie (nee: Bednarczyk) Pichelman. He lived most of his life in Racine. He was united in marriage to the former Judith Ann Larsen in Plover, WI, on Nov. 16, 1956.
He was a self-employed mechanic for many years. His automotive interests took Don to automotive restoration of classic cars, hot rods, pedal cars and tractors. His most recent accomplishment was the building of his 1932 Ford Roadster. Those who knew Don well, will always remember that he had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to help whenever he could. The side of Don people might not have known was his love for his family, in particular all of his grandchildren. Some of the most special memories were made at the “motorcycle farm” with his family in Wilson, WI.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Pichelman; children, Diane Napierkowski, Matt (Jennifer) Pichelman; daughter-in-law, Alisa Pichelman; grandchildren; Bruce N. Napierkowski, Heidi (Marshall) Millsaps, Madelaine Pichelman, Louisa Pichelman; one great-granddaughter, Genevieve Millsaps; two brothers, Walter (Loretta) Pichelman, Edward Pichelman; one sister, Maryanne Milanowski; son-in-law, Bruce B. Napierkowski; one brother-in-law, Gary (Carol) Larsen; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, countless friends, neighbors, and business associates also survive. He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Pichelman; a granddaughter, Alaura; and brother, Lawrence Pichelman.
Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Monday, June 30, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Nathan James officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday evening, June 29, 2008 from 5-8 p.m.
Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave, Racine (262) 634-3361