William H. Poerstel

  • Born: February 22, 1929
  • Died: March 29, 2013
  • Location: Prophetstown, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

46 Grove Street
Route 78 N
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Tel. (815) 537-5544

Tribute & Message From The Family

William H. Poerstel, age 84, of Prophetstown died Friday, March 29, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

William was born February 22, 1929 in Latrobe, PA, the son of William T. and Mary Kathryn (McKay) Poerstel. He married Joan Peters on October 19, 1957 in Cicero, IL. He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown and served in the US Navy from 1946 to 1949. William worked in the aircraft maintenance department at United Airlines for 36 years, he retired in 1988. He was the past president of the Holy Name Society, belonged to the Toastmasters, and enjoyed home projects and repairs.

Survivors include his wife, Joan of Prophetstown, five children, Mary (John) Sherrick of Mason City, IA, William T. "Bill" (Michelle) Poerstel of Overland Park, KS, Patricia (Kevin) Beese of Glen Ellyn, IL, Nancy Kyle of Madison, AL, and Julie (Lorenzo) Hall of Riverside, CA, five siblings, Thomas Poerstel of Lansdowne, VA Anne DeCourcy of Rockville, MD, Robert (Patricia) Poerstel of Sharon, PA, Clare (Don) Weaver of Pittsburgh, PA, John (Mary) Poerstel of Midlothian, VA, twelve grandchildren, one great grandchild, and two step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and three sisters, Mary Margaret Cavanaugh, Kathryn Campbell, and Jeanne Gerthoffer.

Visitation will be 5-8PM Monday, April 1, 2013 with a rosary starting at 4:30 PM at McDonald Funeral Home in Prophetstown, 46 Grove Street. Funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown with Reverend Francis Wawyczyck officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Aunt Joan, Mary, Patty, Bill, Nancy and Julie,

Uncle Bill will certainly leave a huge void in the Poerstel family tree. I will miss his wry sense of humor, his quick wit and loving persona. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you work through your own personal greiving process.

Love, Pose, Dave and Ali Trunzo

Posted by Rose Trunzo    April 03, 2013


Our thoughts are with you at this time of loss. May pleasant memories embrass you and brighten your days.

Posted by Whiteside HomeCare Staff    April 02, 2013

Bill was a great boss and mentor during the many years I worked with him in ORD. He was very creative in tackling new issues while establishing processes for years to come. I learned a lot from Bill who was very caring of his employees even though he seldom showed it, He was instrumental in my career development and I learned he also hired Sue, which enabled me to meet and marry her! I'm sure the family is very proud of their father.

Posted by Tom Abraham - Schaumburg, IL - co-worker   April 01, 2013


Uncle Bill was the patriarch of the Poerstel family as I knew it. He lived far away from my father Jack but visits with him closed any gaps, as if none existed, ever. I loved that. My family moved away too. It was comforting to know no matter how far apart some family may be, distance could never separate the love between us.
My thoughts and prayers are with my dear Aunt Joan and her wonderful children, truly a testament to the love between my Uncle and his beautiful wife. Thank you so much, my life is better for it.
Love to all.

Anne Poerstel-Montante

Posted by Anne - Midlothian, VA - niece   April 01, 2013

Dear Joan: It was with a feeling of sadness that we read of Bill's passing. It brought back fond memories of our girls participating in softball and basketball games, in-home Masses from St. Hubert's and all the exciting times of raising a family in a new and vibrant growing suburb. Barbara and I extend to you and your family our sincerest condolences. Barbara & John Mallon

Posted by Barbara and John Mallon - Hoffman Estates, IL - Former neighbor   April 01, 2013


Uncle Bil was the kindest man and semi-father to my father. I wish his family all my love and support at this time and wish I could be with you to honor such a great man.


Molly Poerstel

Posted by molly poerstel - Brooklyn, NY - niece   April 01, 2013

I will always have very fond memories of "Pops" Poerstel. A very intelligent man with a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor, and a big heart! In spending a lot of my teenage years around him, I was the recipient of a great deal of that sarcasm! I will always appreciate the words of wisdom that he passed on over those years. A great man who lived a great life! God bless.

Posted by Bill Hogan - Yardley, PA - Family Friend   April 01, 2013


our deepest sympathy,and prayers are with you.

Posted by sean cavanaugh - pgh, PA - nephew   April 01, 2013


Aunt Joan and Family you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.May you find peace in this coming days.

love Peggy Carl and Family

Posted by Peggy Cavanaugh Fiore - Elizabeth, PA - Niece   March 31, 2013

Uncle Bill was such a great guy.I loved when you all came to town and we got to visit. He didn't talk alot, or did he never get the chance with so many sisters, etc around. ha ha
He has no more pain or suffering now.

Posted by Kathleen Palmer - Monroeville, PA - niece   March 31, 2013

I worked for Bill at ORD. He was one of the most intelligent men I ever met. He was also a very kind and thoughtful person that many people didn't see.

Posted by John W. Maigler - Des Plaines, IL - friend, co-worker at UAL   March 30, 2013