Bernard J. Foley, Janesville, WI
January 13, 1949 - August 12, 2017
Bernard J. Foley, age 68, of Janesville died on Saturday, August 12, 2017, after a battle with cancer. He was born in Detroit, MI, on January 13, 1949, the son of the late Fredrick and Cathleen (Cullen) Foley. Bernie graduated from High School in Detroit and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy. He married Sharon K. Rembisz on June 28, 1974 in Detroit, and moved to Janesville later that year due to her employment with the WI School for the Visually Impaired. After moving here and never too young to learn, Bernie returned to school and graduated from UW Whitewater. Over the years, Bernie worked for the City of Janesville, Gilman Engineering, and later retired from General Motors. Bernie was a private, protective, and quiet gentleman, who was very loving and generous. He had a great sense of humor that will be missed by those who knew him. With Christmas being his favorite holiday, he enjoyed putting up the lights and his tree and seeing the joy on his children’s faces. He also enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, deer hunting and goose hunting, activities that he did with his entire family.
He is survived by his wife of over 43 years, Sharon; and his two daughters, Dawn (Joshua) Pierce of Hixton, WI, and their daughter, Calista, and Payton Foley of Whitewater, WI; two sisters, Veronica Lewis of Detroit, MI and Carolyn Walker of Atlanta, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and JoAnn Rembisz of Detroit, MI; his good neighbors and friends, Greg and Mary Farnsworth; and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings: Mary, Suzanne, Michael, and Charles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at St. William Catholic Church, 456 N. Arch St., Janesville, with Fr. Brian Dulli officiating. Following the service, full Military Rites will be provided by VFW Kienow Hilt Post 1621. Visitation will also be on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church.
Whitcomb – Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services
21 S. Austin Road, Janesville, WI (608) 752-2444