>From Appleton Post Crescent – June 16, 2010

Patrick “Pat” Halbach, of Sherwood, age 58, died unexpectedly on Monday, June 14, 2010, after a short illness. He was born March 11, 1952, in Appleton, son of the late Urban and Adeline (Vogds) Halbach. On August 9, 1986, Pat married the former Kris Kress at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sherwood. The couple lived in the Sherwood area their entire married lives. On December 29, 2009, Pat retired from the Calumet County Highway Department after 37 years of employment.

He was a member of St. John – Sacred Heart Parish where he served as an usher, the Catholic Knights, the Knights of Columbus and Sherwood Lions Club. Pat enjoyed opening weekend of deer hunting spent with cousins. He loved spending Super Bowl weekend with “the gang” and the yearly vacations with his siblings. Pat cherished time spent with his family and especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed helping anyone in need, especially putting the flags up in the village for the holidays.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kris; his children: Kerri (Paul) Krueger, Hilbert and their children, Paige and Nick; Katie (Andy) Connell, Kaukauna, and their children, Korey and Patrick; and Aaron Houk, Appleton, and his children, Christopher, Zeke and Noah; his siblings: Mary Lou (Joe) Schwalbach, Sherwood; Michael (Karen) Halbach, Tomball, TX; and Carol (Fred) Pritzl, Brillion. Pat is further survived by Kris’s family: Ken and Betty Kress, Karen Mader, Klair (Julee) Kress, Kurt (Sue) Kress, Klay (Mary) Kress, and Karol (Gary) Thiele; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sue; a brother-in-law, Jim Mader; and a niece, Nina Bearth.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010, at St. John – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, N369 Military Rd., Sherwood, with Fr. Kenneth Frozena officiating. Friends may call on Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Boettcher Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr., Kaukauna, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again directly at Church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

The family wishes to thank everyone who offered their prayers, help and support during this difficult time.