John "Jack" WilzbacherJohn "Jack" Wilzbacher, 92, and lifelong resident of Cloquet, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Essentia Health in Duluth.
John "Jack" Wilzbacher, 92, and lifelong resident of Cloquet, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Essentia Health in Duluth.
He was born July 25, 1920 in Duluth to Mabel (Saxton) and Thomas Wilzbacher.
John proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge with the 30th Infantry Division. Amongst Jack's many medals received, he was most proud of the bronze star. He was united in marriage to Betty Johnson on March 30, 1946 and they made their home in Cloquet. John and Betty established and operated the Cloquet Greenhouse for approximately 35 years. He was especially proud of being the first FTD florist in the area.
He was a big game hunter and enjoyed life at his cabin on Pequaywan Lake. John was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church and the Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Betty of 48 years; and all his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his nephews and niece, William (Val Jean) D'Amour, Victoria (James) McCarthy, Kerry D'Amour, Glenn (Nancy) D'Amour; and many Wilzbacher relatives in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
SERVICE: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet with a 9 a.m. visitation. Interment is at New Calvary Cemetery with full Military Honors presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net
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