Denis L. Hennessy, Jr.Denis L. Hennessy, Jr., 89, Solon Springs, Wis., died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Superior on June 23, 1923, to Denis L. and Eva (Carron) Hennessy, Sr.
Denis L. Hennessy, Jr., 89, Solon Springs, Wis., died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Superior on June 23, 1923, to Denis L. and Eva (Carron) Hennessy, Sr.
He married Ann M. Stasiak in Superior on June 23, 1951, and celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Denis attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, graduated from the former East High School, attend the former Superior State Teacher's College, he spent two years at the Biarritz University in France and then received his degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Denis served in the United States Army tank corps during World War II. He received many medals for his service including invasion ribbons and a Purple Heart. He served in the Fourteenth Armored Division Liberators where he was involved in liberating the Auschwitz survivors. He was wounded in Europe when his tank was blown up and spent many months in the hospital with extensive burns all over his body.
He was employed as the chief metallurgist at United States Steel in Duluth and Joliet, Ill.
Denis loved to fish on Long Lake and his many dogs.
In addition to his wife Ann, Denis is survived by two sisters, Mary E. Stodola, Duluth, Eileen Suber, Fort Gratiot, Mich.; his sister-in-law, Jean Hennessy, Superior; two special nieces, Carol Hennessy and Colleen Anderson, both of Superior and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and best friend, Corey Hennessy.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial on Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Rev. James Tobolski, as celebrant.
Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435 Honor Guard.
Pallbearers for the service will be Denis's nephews, Corey and Sean Hennessy, Cody Anderson, Joe Rapacz, Karl Tomion and Fran, Tom and John Stodola.
Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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