Judge S. Michael Wilk (1939-2016)

S. Michael Wilk

Judge S. Michael Wilk, age 76, lifelong resident of Kenosha, died on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee with his family by his side.

Funeral Services for Judge Wilk will be held on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Rabbi Dena Feingold presiding. The service will take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha (1330 52nd Street). A procession and graveside service will follow immediately at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.

Shiva service will be held Monday evening at Beth Hillel Temple (6050 8th Avenue) at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary. The family will then greet friends and well wishers in the temple’s social hall. The public is invited to attend.

Please omit flowers. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the family asks that you remember the Boys & Girls Club and the Beth Hillel Temple Capital Campaign.

A full obituary will appear in the Sunday edition of the paper.


~Justice is what love looks like in public.

Thoughts for Judge S. Michael Wilk (1939-2016);

  • Chief Justice Patience Roggensack says:

    Judge Wilk was all a judge should be. He was thoughtful; had a broad and far-reaching knowledge of the law; treated all with respect; and never forgot that his decisions affected the daily lives of the people who appeared before him.

    He was an outstanding example of Kenosha County Circuit Court judges who continue in his in his dedicated service of the public. He will be remembered and missed.

  • I will always remember Mike Wilk putting his orange cones out to mark the football field on thanksgiving day,it made it seem like a real game.

  • K. Richard Wells says:

    Judge Wilk was always the best to me. In and out of court he would ask thoughtful in depth questions I had never considered. He was an intellectual giant and true Renaissance Man. My sympathy goes to his family and especially to his great wife Joan and his son David.

  • Linda Wikel says:

    Sincere sympathy to Joan and family at this difficult time. He was a man with a warm heart, kind and sincere, strong and fair. May he rest in peace. Linda Wikel

  • Our hearts are filled with too much sadness for words. One of the kindest, wisest, witty and urbane people I have ever know has taken his totally unexpected leave of our company.

    There is no way to adequately express the sorrow that his dear family and hundreds of friends are feeling now and the sense of terrible loss that will be with us forever.

    Joan, we love you and the family as much as we do our own and will always treasure the love and laughter that we shared.

    Michael, you were my best friend. I love you and will miss you more that I can say.


  • Joyce Sorensen says:

    Joan & family,

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time, and wishing you comfort and peace. Extending my sincere sympathy.

    I enjoyed working with Michael on the Bradford Alumni Association board and learned a lot from him.

    He was such an asset to the Kenosha community. He be will be missed.

  • Gary Frederick says:

    My Sincere Condolences to the Wilk Family….It was a such a pleasure knowing Judge Wilk and playing Golf with him in the S.L.U.G.S Golf League. He was a great man and will be truly missed…..My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wilk family at this difficult time. Michael was one of the nicest,finest gentlemen that I have ever met. He was one of the best things that ever happen to Kenosha!
    Joan, I will everything I can to be there on Monday, but, please forgive me if I’m not strong enough.
    Just know that I’m with you and your family in spirit and will continue to pray for you!
    God bless Michael!! I will miss him!

  • Patti Bucko (Worzalla) says:

    Joan and Family,

    My prayers for peace during this year of Divine Mercy I pray for peace! My memories are many from the soccer fields in the early 1980’s to the Easter bloody Mary’s we enjoyed at David and Lynns home and hugging you at the Relay for life events. I was blessed to have spent a minute in your graces.

    All my prayers Patti Bucko Worzalla

  • Jeff & Cindy Horner says:

    David & Lynn – I am so sorry to her of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jeff & Cindy Horner says:

    David & Lynn – I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Bryant Walrod says:

    With complete sincerity, I can honestly say that I have never met anyone like Judge Wilk. He was an inspiration on so many levels. He was the quiet supporter, always rooting for you, giving you strength. He was a role model for me in the way that he carried himself…complete altruism. He achieved so much but always gave and never asked for anything in return. He adored Joan, like a throwback novel where he was the head over heels kid falling in love for the first time. He was an amazing father and grandfather to an incredible family. And he was a gentleman… in the purest sense of the word, treating everyone with respect and integrity. Judge Wilk is sorely missed but he will never be forgotten. I miss you already.

  • Dennis Moroney says:

    My condolences to the family. I first met Mike in the early 1980s when we had a case involving the Wilmot Ski Area. He was such a gentleman. We both became judges in the earl 1990s, and I always marveled at his ability to make a difficult legal issue into an understandable situation able to be resolved. He will be missed as a husband, father, grandfather, judge and friend.

  • Linda K Pedersen says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Joan, family and friends. Heartaches, bitter sweet saying goodbye but God’s promises to comfort those that mourn. We cling to these promises by our Maker. Mike, I always wondered what was under that beard? so happy we met, being a friend of Joan has always been a gift. Alpena Girls grieve with our friend. Love always, Bob and Linda Pedersen

  • Mark Sockness says:

    Judge Wilk was a MENSCH. He was an extraordinary contributor to all those living in Kenosha and those who worked with him.

    Mark Sockness
    former Kenoshan

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