Please meet at Holy Angels Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. Tony's family would like to extend an invitation for a luncheon after the burial. The visitation will be today from 4 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer's Association or the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute are appreciated. The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtfuneralhome.com.
Anthony was born July 8, 1939, in Linwood, Iowa, to Sarah Ellen Smith and Michael Matthew Nagovan. Raised in Andalusia, he was a loving brother to Michael, Bill, Jim, Linda and Bonnie. Tony graduated in 1957 from Reynolds High School.
Tony married the love of his life, Sharon Kay Fitzpatrick, on April 19, 1961. She was his "my wife, my life, my love, my happiness" for over 52 years. Together they had seven beautiful children, Lisa (Leon) Birenbaum, Tia (Tony) Luangrath, Michael Nagovan, Myra (William) Dahms, Tonya (Jeffery II) Meverdan, Rena Nagovan and Patrick (Kathy) Nagovan. He lived in Rock Island and had three children before transferring to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1965 to an apartment. In 1966, Tony and Sharon purchased a house in Menomonee Falls, Wis., where Tony and Sharon were parish members at St. Mary's Parish. While living in Menomonee Falls, Tony and Sharon raised their family there until 2004. Tony and Sharon moved to West Bend, Wis., where he was a parish member of Holy Angels Parish.
In retirement, Tony and Sharon, traveled to Germany three times, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Hawaii and the Bahamas. His main hobby being his family, Tony also loved to cook and listen to music. Having a large collection of his movies, Tony loved anything John Wayne-related. Tony never missed an episode of "Hee-Haw" and continued to enjoy the television and variety show even in his last few years.
After living with Alzheimer's disease for 10 years, Tony became an advocate for Alzheimer's, winning the 23rd Annual State Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders' Courage Award in 2009. Tony was active in Alzheimer's participation in studies and research at Froedtert Alzheimer's and Dementia Clinical Trials and Madison's Wisconsin Comprehensive Memory Program. His final act of kindness upon his death was the donation of his brain to Wisconsin Brain Donor Program in Madison, Wis. Tony attended The 1022 Club set on Aurora Medical Center in Washington County for adults with memory problems in Hartford, Wis.
Tony was an integral part of his 17 grandchildren's lives, Mathew (fiancee Amanda Osborn) Birenbaum, Marie Birenbaum, Madelene Birenbaum, Jacob (significant other Alexia Horstmeier) Birenbaum and Samuel Birenbaum, Mitchell (fiancee Andrea Webb) Luangrath, Kaitlyn Luangrath and Vincent Luangrath, Joshua (Jillian) Dahms, Margaret (William) Schilling, Zachary (fiancee Yxa Mangini) Dahms, Rachael Dahms, Aaron Dahms and Hannah Dahms, Isabella Nagovan, Jeffery Jerome Meverdan III and Xander Fox Meverdan. He is the proud great-grandpapa of Brayden Denison, Emiliee Dahms, Connor Dahms, Lillie Dahms and Kameron Wilson. Tony is preceded in death by his mother, Sarah; father, Michael; stepfather, Edgar Smock; mother and father-in-law, Margaret and Charles Fitzpatrick. He is survived by Michael (Sharon) Nagovan; William (Ruth) Smock; Linda Bull; James (Mickey) Smock; Bonnie (Glen) Berkenbile; Shelia (and the late William) Azinger; Michael (Jill) Fitzpatrick; and Margie (Lawrence) Walsted.
For all the integral people who cared for Tony, his family would like to thank Dr. Lawrence P. Sullivan MD, neurology at Froedtert West Bend Health Center; The 1022 Club; Washington County Taxi Service bus drivers, especially Jennifer, Bob, Tom, Terri and Mike, who all went above and beyond for Tony; and the physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists at Mueller Therapy, especially Darla, Audra, and Dina for their dedicated care at the end of his life to improve his daily activities.