Perry “P.J.” Faust, 74, lifelong Green Bay resident, passed away on Friday evening, July 7, 2023, after a two-year battle with stage four lung cancer caused by agent orange and most recently, a five week diagnosis of organized pneumonia. He was born on May 26, 1949, in Green Bay to the late Warren and Doris (Liebman) Faust. P.J. was a 1967 graduate of Green Bay West High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 during the Vietnam War. P.J. was stationed on the USS Shangri La and was honorably discharged in 1971. During his time in the military, he received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. P.J. owned and operated Complete Carpet and Upholstery with his wife, Karen. He loved spending time with his family and friends and was always ready to entertain. P.J. was truly my Superman! When I was worried and that was after he would say “I’ll handle it” and he did. Our love was very special, friends, family and strangers could see it shining through our everyday life.
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen; children, Tracy (fiancé, Chris Zittlow) Faust, Cassie Dennis, Heidi (John) Dake, Chuck Desotelle and Shelly Desotelle; grandchildren, Brad and Brooke Dennis, Brandi (Dan) Rabideau, Felicia (Matt) Novak, Darci (Dustin Haviland) Dake, Jerek (Leah) Dake, Kayla and Jake Desotelle and Allicia Graf; great grandchildren, Josiah, James, Dan, Emily, Bella, Theodore, Natalie, Hailey, Emily, Lilly, Lexi, Jack, Bryce, Cayden, Braxton, Kinsley, Jayden, Chloe, Carson, and Cheyanna; siblings, Candace Faust, Randy (Linda) Faust, Barry (Fay) Faust, Holly (Howard) Smith, Polly (Dave) Gonnering and Tim Faust; sister-in-law, Jackie and Cy Krajewski and their children, Steve, Lauri, Chris, Sally and Joy; Karen’s cousin and best friends, Bill and Sally Duveneck and daughter, Dianne (Mike) Renkas, and their children, Joe and Ella; P.J.’s best friend, Don Ambrico; very close friends and neighbors, Tom and Jane Watermolen and Jim and Sue Overly; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Frances Dart; and special nephew, Gary Krajewski.
Visitation will be held on Monday, July 17, 2023, at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, 209 S. Adams St., from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church with Rev. Andrew Cribben, O.Praem officiating. Full military honors will follow the service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, especially Dr. Mendoza, Dr. Patel, Brianna, Danielle and Caitlin for their care and compassion. Also, a heartfelt thank you to the palliative care nurses, especially Kristen and Sarah. A special thank you to our granddaughter, Felicia Novak, RN, who helped with caring for P.J.
Alex Bahrke is serving the family.