Max Thomas Kershisnik

May 2, 2012 Staff

Former Riverton resident Max Thomas Kershisnik, 74, died Monday, April 30, 2012, at his home in Winnebago, Ill.

Funeral mass is at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Loves Park, Ill., with the Rev. Father Brian Olsen officiating.

Burial will be at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, IL 61103.

Max Thomas Kershisnik was born Oct. 2, 1937, in Rock Springs, the son of Max and Frances (Homec) Kershisnik.

He was a 1955 graduate of Riverton High School and he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming.

While working for Boeing in Seattle, he met his future wife, Janet Wagner. They were married Oct. 19, 1963.

In 1967, they moved to Rockford, Ill., and Mr. Kershisnik worked for Sundstrand before retiring in 1999.

He was a member of St. Bridget Catholic Church and was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Muldoon Council 470, and a 4th degree member of the General Assembly 190.

His family said Mr. Kershisnik was an avid Detroit sports fan from an early age and loved to coach sports. He initiated the volunteer program in the oncology department at Swedish American Hospital. He was also a hospice volunteer and a member of the Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Janet; children Kateri Schimbke and husband Paul of Dekalb, Ill., Kevin Kershisnik and wife Kelly of Riverton, Kellie Milbrandt and husband Dave of Minneapolis, Minn., and Kohl Kershisnik and his wife Rebecca of Crozet, Va.; grandchildren Samantha and William Schimbke, Jocelin Kershisnik, Maxwell Milbrandt, and Meredith and Collin Kershisnik; brother-in-law Ste-phen Wagner of Idaho, and sister-in-law Alice Godfrey and husband Terry of Australia.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established.

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