Paul F. Sweeney
He was born on Nov. 22, 1959, in Addison, Ill., a son of Robert and Dorothy (Schneider) Sweeney of Addison. He married Carrie Lahr on Sept. 21, 1985, in Howard Lake, Minn.
He was a 1977 graduate of Addison Trail High School and a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. He received a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. In 1985 he began working for the United States Forest Service working in Oregon, Idaho, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Paul was a member of Antigo United Methodist Church and enjoyed being a part of the bible studies and small groups.
He was enthusiastic about recently becoming a big brother for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Antigo. He was a soccer coach in Manistique, Mich., and was active in the Antigo tennis league.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, bird watching and exploring his property in Michigan, planting native trees and shrubs. He enjoyed the company of others including his Yorkie-Poo, Russell.
In addition to his wife, Carrie and parents, survivors include a son, Shane Sweeney, Chicago, Ill.; a daughter, Laura Sweeney, St. Paul, Minn.; two sisters, Kristina (Tony) Padovano, Morris, Ill., and Karen (Glen) Braziunas, Bartlett, Ill.; brother, Mark (Donna) Sweeney, Carpentersville, Ill.; motherin law, Joan (Linus)
Minn.; sister-in-law, Constance (Randy) Goerke, Minneapolis, Minn.; three brotherin laws, Alan (Meri Beth) Lahr, Nicolet, Minn., Melmer (Krystal) Lahr Jr., Cokato, Minn. and Ronald (Michelle) Lahr, Winsted, Minn.; step mother-in-law, Renee Lahr, Howard Lake, Minn. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Melmer Lahr; and brother-in-law, David Habirstich.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at Antigo United Methodist Church with Reverend Debbie Pimm officiating. Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4-8 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin, 2600 Stewart Ave. Suite 262 Wausau, WI 54401.
Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.