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Jack T. Bejma

Born to Eternal Life Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 at the age of 70. Dear brother of the late Jim and the late Yolanda. Survived by “sons he never had” Richard (Sandra) Van Zeeland (RJ and Rhianna) and Michael Van Zeeland; dear friends Mary Van Zeeland and Maribeth Funk (Captain Jack); long time friends Dragan Stojsajovic, John Megna, Phil LaPorte, Michael Danko, Tom Purdoff and many business associates and friends. Funeral services will be held at the Funeral Home Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 12 Noon, with visitation from 10 AM – 12 PM. Interment St. Adalbert Cemetery. Jack was the owner and founder of Quality Awards for over 31 yrs. and employer and business partner of Richard Van Zeeland for over 26 yrs. Jack was an avid fisherman and accomplished bowler, GMBA Hall of Fame nominee and one of the finest left-handers in the Greater Milwaukee Area. A failing knee forced Jack to give up the game he loved. He will be missed dearly and is now reunited with his brother, sister, father and mother he never knew, and his best friends Rhett and Ashley. On Aug. 17, 2012, he bowled his last frame, threw his last strike and walked off the lanes a champion.

Remembrances:

  • dwight bergner says:

    to the families of one of the best lefty bowlers in wisc. sorry for your lost i knew jack from the time i was a teenager at parkway bowling alley on 36th lisbon he gave me one of his old bowling balls my 1st one a 5 star i was in awe of him left an impression on alot of young bowlers back then i am 57 and still bowl w/ some of those good ol boys from that day. there was always a close family feeling back then it was like a little bit of italy there every day

    • Richard Van Zeeland says:

      Dwight, thank you for sharing your memories of Jack. I am glad he left a good and long lasting impression with you that you have not forgotten. He had a heart of gold; hard on the outside but a teddy bear on the inside.

      Rick.

  • Sharon snd Todd Stuckert says:

    We have known Jack for many years. He was a great guy. He did many trophies for the Holler House and was a dear friend. We wil miss him. R.I.P Jack and roll a 300 for them up there. We are so sorry for his families loss. We shared alot of beers and stories together.

    • Richard Van Zeeland says:

      Todd, thank you so much for the kind words. I just tried calling you at the Holler House. Gene, Marci and all of you, were such an important part of his life. I thank all of you for that… he just loved Marci’s spaghetti sauce.

      Rick.

  • Judy Baxter says:

    Rick, Jack’s passing leaves a void in the Chamber membership. I know we didn’t always call on him for advice, but when we did he did not hesitate to help with direction and focus. Jack voiced his opinions and there were times when not everyone agreed; but everyone listened. His knowledge was invited, he had such a good reputation and you have our deepest sympathies on his death.

  • Les Piotrowski says:

    As a member of the Greenfield Police Department, I have known Jack for many years. Many works of art have come to us from Quality Awards and that “Quality” also made me switch to his shop for the awards made for my Classic Car Club. Rick said it perfectly “Hard on the outside and a Teddy Bear inside”. On behalf of the Greenfield Police Department and the Wisconsin Region Antique Automobile Club, our thoughts and prayers to Jack’s Family and Friends during this sad time.

    Les Piotrowski

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