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Edward L. Bystry
Edward Lawrence Bystry, 86, Monroe, WI, formerly of Bronson, Michigan, passed away at the Angelus Retirement Community in Monroe, WI, on June 28, 2009. He experienced a stroke from which he did not recover. He had been in good health.

Ed was born on August 29, 1922, the son of Lawrence and Bernice (Barkowski) Bystry in Bronson, Michigan. He was raised on a farm near Matteson Lake. He attended St. Mary's Parochial and Lindley rural schools. He married Donna Kellett on December 26, 1943 at St. Mary's Catholic Rectory in Bronson. She preceded him in death on May 22, 2009 after 65 years of marriage. They were lifelong residents of Bronson. Prior to his retirement, he worked at Douglas Manufacturing for 44 years. Ed and Donna enjoyed going to auctions in the area, where they would find old pieces of furniture which Ed skillfully restored. During the winter months, Ed enjoyed fishing with his sons and good buddies. He also had a great time playing Michigan Rummy and dominos with the Kibiloskis' and Szafranskis'. Ed also took great pride restoring and maintaining his home at 324 N. Matteson Street. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed visiting his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his children: son, Michael (Cheryl) Bystry of Monroe, WI, daughter, Linda Whitehouse of Evanston, IL, son, Joseph Bystry of Flower Mound, TX, daughter, Kay (Mike) Walsh of Crystal Lake, IL, son, Robert (Jenifer) Bystry of Glen Ellyn, IL, son, Larry Bystry of Fishers, IN; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Norma Barkowski, Velma Bystry, Martha Kellett and many nieces and nephews.

Also preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Albert Bystry; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Vern Galloway; cousin and brother-in-law, Frank Barkowski; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Boes; brother-in-law, Robert W. Kellett; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Don Sellers.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at the Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson, with a Rosary service at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009 at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church with Father Richard Fritz officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Bronson, Michigan.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to St. Mary's Catholic school and Hospice of Monroe, Wisconsin.

The family would like to thank the staff at Angelus for the care and compassion given to our Dad throughout his entire stay at Angelus. We would also like to thank the Monroe Hospice for the care given to Dad and his family. Thank you!