Monday, April 2, 2012

Clyde E. Sustachek

Clyde E. Sustachek, age 84, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Clyde was born in Racine June 17, 1927, son of the late August and Louise (nee: Peterka) Sustachek and had been a lifelong resident,

He was a proud graduate of Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1945.” On June 14, 1952, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Clyde was united in marriage to Margaret J. Gross, and shared nearly sixty beautiful years together. Clyde served in the U.S. Army occupational forces stationed in Japan. He was employed as a repair technician with the Wisconsin Telephone Company for forty-two years until his retirement in 1989.

Clyde was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, and former member of the Sertoma Club, the Racine Instinctive Bowmen, Wisconsin Telephone Bowling League, Jay Campers, Circle 8 Square Dancers, and the Hi Lo Dance Club. He was very involved with the Knights of Columbus Council 697 and 1207, where he was a 4th Degree member, member of the honor guard, and played on their dartball team. Clyde was extremely proud of initiating the Crypt Flag Project at Holy Cross Cemetery honoring the veterans in the crypts. 

More than anything, he loved his time with his family. He loved vacationing in almost all 50 states, especially Hawaii and Alaska, and his trips to London and the Black Forest Area in Germany. He also enjoyed his annual trips to the Bix Jazz Festival in Iowa and his family camping trip to the Black Hills, the Badlands and Yellowstone National Park. His son, John, and his twin grandsons, Kurt and Tony, were his pride and joy and always gave Clyde much pleasure through their sporting events and everything they did. Clyde will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret; son, John (fiancée, Jenifer Syrett) Sustachek of Waterford; grandchildren, twins, Kurtis and Anthony Sustachek; step-grandchildren, Katlyn, Jaclyn and Ashlyn Syrett; brother, Calvin (Marilyn) Sustachek of Racine; sister-in-law, Lucille Soens; brother-in-law, Edward Reagan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Clyde was also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Rudy Spodick and his nephew Wayne Spodick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Monday, April 9, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Terry J. Huebner officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association have been suggested.

Clyde’s family would like to thank therapists Kim and Karen for their great efforts to help Clyde regain his strength, and to Dr. Berce and the wonderful nurses and CNAs in the cardiovascular unit for their loving and compassionate care.

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