Russell G. Fontanna
Russell George Fontanna, 99, of
Fond du Lac, died June 27, 2020 at Sage Meadow Assisted Living. He was born May
28, 1921 in Fond du Lac, the son of George and Florence (Roehrdanz) Fontanna.
He graduated from Goodrich High School in 1939. Upon graduation, he started at
Giddings & Lewis as a machine apprentice in 1940. Russell served in the U.S.
Navy from 1944 – 1946. Upon his return
from the Navy, Russell continued his career at G & L where he retired in
1983. On June 8, 1946 he married Winifred Rieder in Fond du Lac. He was a
charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac. Russell was elected to
the Fond du Lac Bowling Hall of Fame in 1999.
Russell is survived by three
children, Anne (Edward) Hankwitz of The Villages, FL, Thomas (Carol) of
Rochester, MN, and Mark of Fond du Lac; five grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer (Dr.
Nicholas) Zyromski, Amy Powell, Dr. Brian (Katie) Butzen, Julia (Jef) Rotter,
and John (Lisa) Fontanna; eleven great grandchildren; a nephew and other
relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and sister,
The visitation will take place at
Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, 55 Prairie Road, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935, on
Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The funeral service will take place
following the visitation at 1:00 PM. Entombment will be held at Chapel of the
Risen Christ Mausoleum, Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are
appreciated to Faith Ev. Lutheran Church.
Guestbook and tribute wall may
be found by visiting ueckerwitt.com.