Wayne R. Belongia
Richard Belongia, 69, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 with family by
his side. He was born on June 8, 1950 to Bernard and Adeline (Nell) Belongia in
Fond du Lac.
united in marriage to Cheri A. Pongrace on August 21, 1971 at the Church of
Peace in Fond du Lac.
graduated from Horace Mann High School in 1969. He worked for Mercury Marine
for 43 years as a Machinist, with most of the years in Plant 17. Wayne was very
active in the Union Lodge 1947 as a union steward and the State AFL CIO
Conservation committee as a secretary.
Wayne was an
avid hunter. He enjoyed many seasons of hunting with his sons up at the cabin.
He also enjoyed to sturgeon spearing for many, many years. He played many years
of softball in his younger years in Brandon, Oakfield and in Eden. He was
active in lots of other sports too. He attended many raffles and banquets over
the years and enjoyed to go to casinos during their time up at Keyes Lake
Campground of Florence, WI. Wayne loved to spend time with his wife, children
and many grandchildren.
survived by the love of his life, Cheri; four children, David (Holly), Michael
(Heidi), Scott (fiancé Sondi) and Sandi (Fred) Schallert; 16 grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; three siblings, Elaine Sandbeck, Donald (Mary) and
Karen Westphal of; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
preceded in death by one daughter, Michelle in Feb. 1999; his parents;
brother-in-law, Jerry Sandbeck and aunt Margie Sharkey.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, January 25, 2020
from 12:00 Noon to 2:45 PM at Zacherl Funeral Home, 875 E. Division Street Fond
du Lac. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM following the visitation.
Cremation will follow traditional services.
In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be directed to Agnesian Hospice Hope.
extends their heartfelt thank you to Dr. Julie Schneider and to Agnesian
Hospice for their care and compassion given to Wayne.