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February 1, 2023

10/14/2022 5:29:00 AM
William "Bill" O. Wanie

William "Bill" O. Wanie, age 70, of Rhinelander, died on Oct. 9, 2022, at his home. He was born in Rhinelander on Sept. 11, 1952, the son of Orville and Eleanor (Hurlbutt) Wanie. His family moved to DePere when Bill was a child and he graduated from the DePere High School in 1970.

Bill worked at a couple of different vocations until he started his career as an insurance and benefit specialist. In July of 2003 he started his own agency, Benefit Design Associates in DePere, which he owned and operated until the time of his death. He married the former Margaret "Peg" Nagan on May 20, 1989, in DePere, and they were blessed with 33 years of marriage.

Bill was a grill master who loved to cook for anyone who would eat it. He also baked wonderful pies and breads. He loved everything about the outdoors which included golfing, fishing, skiing and grouse hunting and he was a longtime member of the Ruffed Grouse Society. He pitched fast-pitch softball for many years and he enjoyed playing pool with family and friends. Bill had a passion for music of any kind, especially good guitar players and the big band music of the '40s. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and loved his Honda Goldwing. He also enjoyed the summer camping trips with his wife, Peg.

Bill is survived by his wife Peg (Nagan) Wanie, his son David Wanie, his grandson Darien Riemer, his sister Carol Vengrowsky; nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A visitation for Bill will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Carlson Funeral Home. There will also be a Celebration of Bill's life on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Automobile Gallery in Green Bay. A live Jazz quartet will be playing and all family and friends of Bill are invited. You may leave your private condolences for the Wanie family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Wanie family.

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