William L. “Bill” Henningfeld, 76, of Spring Prairie Township, died suddenly at his residence on Jan. 25, 2023.

Bill was born in Burlington to Robert and Agnes (nee King) Henningfeld. He spent his early life in Waterford where he was a high school graduate. On Aug. 23, 1969, Bill married Maryann Papineau at St. Mary’s Church in Burlington. The couple moved to their family farm in the Town of Rochester in 1972 where they milked cows and raised a family.

Bill enjoyed his farming days, tending to the land, managing the farm animals, and his John Deere tractors. He was a member of the Racine County Fair Board for several years. Later in life he drove the bus for Thomas Bus Company in Burlington and drove Semi. He enjoyed horse pulls and tractor pulls at the local county fairs. Working with his Lionel HO scale train set was another favorite pastime. Bill loved babysitting the grandkids and watching classic shows like Bonanza with them. He was a loving family man and sadly, will be missed by all of his family and friends.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Maryann; children, Barb (Tom) Howard, Judy Schweitzer, Mark (Katie) Henningfeld, Karen (Rick) Johnson, and Cyndi (Mark) Nesson; grandchildren, Shelby and Caleb Wagner, Cheyenne Schweitzer, Kellyn and Mallory Henningfeld, and Aubree and Savana Nesson; siblings, Don (Shelle) Henningfeld, Dave (Eileen) Henningfeld, Steve (Patty) Henningfeld, Chuck (Roxanne) Henningfeld, Jim (Linnet) Henningfeld, and Mary (Robert) Kittel; brother-in-law Kenny Vos; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Cathy Wagner, grandson Lane Schweitzer, and sisters Diane Vos, and Carol Henningfeld.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 305 South First Street, Waterford, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 a.m. Private family burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Town of Spring Prairie.

In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family suggests memorials to Parkinson’s Research. Donations may be brought to church on Friday, or be made online at: Donations to Racine County Agriculture Society, or the East Troy Fire and Rescue are also suggested.

Bill’s family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to the East Troy Fire and Rescue, and Walworth County Sheriff’s Department for their prompt response and loving care of our dear husband, father and grandfather.

Mealy Funeral Home is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit





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