William James Fassbender, Janesville, WI (1953 - 2014)

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

February 17, 1953 - June 9, 2014

On June 9, 2014, Bill lost his battle with esophageal cancer while receiving superior care from the staff at AGRACE in Fitchburg. Dr. Kinsley, thank you for helping Bill to keep his dignity.

Bill is survived by his wife, Susan; their children: son, Kory (girlfriend, Kizzi), and daughter, Kelly (Egemen) Gozoglu; many loving and supporting sisters and brothers-in-law, Don and Marie Gerred, Judy and Jerry Sommerfeldt, Bob and Sherry Gerred; loving and supporting nieces and nephews: Kim, Brian, Nathan, Todd, Traci, Isla, Chris, and Emily. Also surviving Bill are his parents, Delbert and Lenice Fassbender; and a brother, Jerry.

Bill enjoyed trap-shooting on league at the Conservation Club. Golfing was always an adventure with his friends, Jim and Art. Saturdays were always movie dates with Susan. Bill strangely enjoyed going to Ho Chunk and donating money as often as he could. Metal detecting was a way to pass time and dream about those awaiting treasures. Bill could do any project by reading the "how to books" he got at the library. He built a deck in the front of his house that will never come down.

While Bill battled cancer, he found a way to cope and stay committed to win. He joined the Senior Center and began to paint watercolors. This was his therapy for his sleepless nights, and it allowed Bill to enjoy life again and have hope. I know he enjoyed the group of artists he had classes with on Mondays.

I want to thank ALL of my friends and relatives who slept over and/or offered so I could get some sleep while they tended to Bill's needs. Joni and Ron...thank you for supporting me and Bill when I had no idea what to do next. Thanks to all my friends and relatives who mopped the floor, mowed the lawn, grocery shopped, and brought over food. Chuck and Keith...Bill and I will never forget the time you spent helping and calming him. Debbie, Bill was so sorry he never got a chance to meet you, but he thought about you often and hopes you are winning your war with cancer.

Bill wanted me to thank Dr. Shekhani personally for all of his kindness, honesty and constant support. Dr. Shekhani, "Bill said he will see you again one day". Bill wanted to say a million thanks to all the chemo ladies who "talked him through" the good times as well as the bad times when reality struck. It meant a lot to him to have the personal time to say good-bye to all of you the same day he got his prognosis. Pam, Bill wanted to "thank you" for all the rides to chemo which included the pep talks, encouragement and friendship.

Bill's wishes were to be cremated with no formal service. Bill wanted whatever his family needed or wanted to heal and begin life again. Therefore, we would like to extend an invitation to join us at the Senior Center in Janesville on Saturday, August 9th from 1-5 pm to view Bill's 200+ paintings and share stories in an informal setting. Please omit flowers. All gifts of money will be given to Agrace in Bill's memory.


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