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COL John Thomas Wildenberg (US Army, retired), "The Colonel", a 20 year resident of New Windsor, NY, passed from this life on Friday, March 8, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital. He was 69 years old. John was born on Sept 25, 1943 to the late Christian and Monica (Van Ryzin) Wildenberg.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of more than twenty years, Geri, who was constantly at his side. In addition to his wife, Geri, John is survived by daughter Jacquie (Mike) Shamrock of Greenleaf, WI; son Scott (Wendy) Wildenberg of Cannon Falls, MN; son Jeffe (Wendy) Wildenberg of Bryan, OH; daughter Karrie Zielke of LaCrosse, WI; son Gregg (Mary) of Boston, MA; daughter Christine (Steve) Wilhelm of Carmel, NY; son Larry (Sue) Mendonca of Bayport, NY and twelve grandchildren: Grace & Halle (Jacquie); Nathan, Evan, and Isaiah (Scott); Tyler, Alexis, and Jessica (Jeffe); Riley and Elijah (Karrie); and Harper and Elliot (Gregg). John is also survived by his sisters Barbara (Gerald) Fergusen; Mary (Gerald) Schumacher; Monica (Vernon) Meulemans; Anne (Doug) Stangel; and brother Jim (Donna) Wildenberg, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his son, Chris, and grandson, Peyton.
An Army Engineer, John proudly served his country for 26 years and was repeatedly recognized for his continued service to the community after retirement. An Officer Candidate School graduate, John enlisted in the Army to serve in Vietnam and is honored at the Engineer Officer Hall of Fame at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He loved to fish and play golf, but he loved to be with people above all. John had a great love for life, and a passion for helping others. A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, John will be greatly missed. Everyone who knew the Colonel, regardless of how or when, was touched by his integrity and deep concern for others.
Visitation services will be held on Monday, March 11, 2013, 5-8pm at Brooks Funeral Home , 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12pm on Tuesday, March 12, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, New Windsor. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The First Tee, 425 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092, or online at www.thefirsttee.org, a youth organization committed to reinforcing the values of integrity, respect and perseverance that John held so dear.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held
March 12, 2013, 12pm
St. Joseph's Church
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