William M. ‘Bill’ Bunyan Sr.

Mr. Bill Bunyan of Port Washington, formerly of Janesville, passed away at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon on Monday evening, May 2, 2022, while surrounded by his loving family. He was 74 years old.

William was born in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 21, 1947, to John and Elsa (nee Strong) Bunyan.

He attended local schools and graduated from Forest Park High School in Baltimore.

Following his schooling, Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy.

While stationed in Milwaukee, he met Chris Catania. They were united in marriage on Feb. 24, 1968, in Bethesda, Md.

The couple moved to Wisconsin shortly after and settled in Milwaukee, where they began their family. They later moved to Janesville. While there, Bill continued his education and earned a degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Bill worked as a salesman for various life insurance companies, most notably American Income Life Insurance for 20 years.

In 2008, Bill and Chris moved to Port Washington and Bill heeded the call to become a teacher. He worked in the Port Washington-Saukville School District as a substitute teacher at the high school and dabbled in coaching football beside his son John.

As an avid Civil War buff, he truly enjoyed teaching history the most.

Mr. Bunyan was a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish.

He enjoyed golf, playing chess and reading history and biographies. Bill was a born storyteller and natural charmer. His natural ability to welcome and comfort others will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Christine and their children William (Rhonda) Bunyan Jr. of Middleton, Julie (Neil) Walkoff of St. Louis, Mo., John (Sheri) Bunyan of Port Washington, Laura Bunyan, also of St. Louis, and Matthew (Stephanie) Bunyan of Las Vegas, Nev.

He is further survived by nine grandchildren, Anna, Maggie, Samantha, Michael, Cooper, Jack, Jake, Abby and Grace; sister Joan Burleigh of Fort Bragg, Calif., niece Sabrina Gomez; other family members; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Margaret and brother John.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at St. John XXIII Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 446 N. Johnson St., Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will preside.  The family will receive visitors at the church on Thursday from 9:30 until Mass begins at 11 a.m.

If desired, memorials are suggested to the donor’s charity of choice in lieu of flowers.

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

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