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William H. Poerstel

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
William H. Poerstel

PROPHETSTOWN – William H. Poerstel, 84, of Prophetstown, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

William was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Latrobe, Pa., the son of William T. and Mary Kathryn (McKay) Poerstel. He married Joan Peters on Oct. 19, 1957, in Cicero. He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown and served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1949. William worked in the aircraft maintenance department at United Airlines for 36 years. He retired in 1988. He was the past president of the Holy Name Society, belonged to Toastmasters and enjoyed home projects and repairs.

Survivors include his wife of Prophetstown; five children, Mary (John) Sherrick of Mason City, Iowa; William T. “Bill” (Michelle) Poerstel of Overland Park, Kan.; Patricia (Kevin) Beese of Glen Ellyn; Nancy Kyle of Madison, Ala.; and Julie (Lorenzo) Hall of Riverside, Calif.; five siblings, Thomas Poerstel of Lansdowne, Va.; Anne DeCourcy of Rockville, Md.; Robert (Patricia) Poerstel of Sharon, Pa.; Clare (Don) Weaver of Pittsburgh; John (Mary) Poerstel of Midlothian, Va.; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three sisters, Mary Margaret Cavanaugh; Kathryn Campbell and Jeanne Gerthoffer.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m., at McDonald Funeral Home, 46 Grove St., Prophetstown. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown, with the Rev. Francis Wawyczyk officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown.

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