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In loving memory of
Brian James Wogernese
  • January 15, 1970
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  • October 18, 2022

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Brian James Wogernese died at his home in Orlando, FL on October 18, 2022, after battling esophageal cancer. He was born on January 15, 1970, in Wausau, WI to David Wogernese and Donna Felzkowski Wogernese.

When he was five years old the family moved to Chippewa Falls, WI where Brian attended Holy Ghost Elementary School and graduated from McDonell Central High School in 1988.

After high school he attended college for a time before embarking on a career in the hotel industry. Starting out as a shuttle driver he worked his way up to managing hotels before starting his own hotel franchise company, Cobblestone Hotels. He went on to start his own restaurant franchise company as well, Wissota Chophouse, and was an owner in the Wissota High Shores Supper Club in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Brian was an avid traveler and especially enjoyed RVing. He also loved to entertain and was a huge Disney fan. He collected muscle cars and enjoyed attending car auctions. He was extremely generous and contributed to numerous charitable causes but especially to those supporting his beloved hometown of Chippewa Falls and McDonell Central High School.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kim Emerson Wogernese, children, Riley, Alexandria and Madison and siblings, Mark, Amy, Chris, Jason and Donovan.

There will be a Celebration of Life Open House for Brian on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 2:00pm – 7:00pm at Wissota High Shores Supper Club in Chippewa Falls, WI. In lieu of flowers or gifts please carry-on Brian’s generous spirit by making a donation to your own favorite cause.

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  1. Russ Loew says:
    08 Nov 2022
    I am so sadden to hear about Brian's passing. He was my best friend growing up and I looked up to him as my big brother. He was always there for me when I needed him. Even though our lives went down different paths.. I always told people about Brian and how he looked out for me back then when I needed someone thru tough times. He had a heart of gold ! I will always cherish his friendship!

  2. Russ Loew lit a candle:
    08 Nov 2022
    Lit since November 8, 2022 at 11:38:18 AM

  3. Vicki Koch says:
    01 Nov 2022
    I am one that was blessed by Brian and his generosity. Not only giving me a job 28 years ago in my favorite field, but numerous gifts throughout our long time friendship. His loss is left a huge hole in my heart.
    Love and prayers to his family. You all mean the world to me.

  4. Barb and Scott Eisold says:
    29 Oct 2022
    We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Brian was so energetic, and so full of life, that it's hard to believe that he is gone. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to the entire family.
    We are truly heartbroken that we will not be able to attend his Celebration of Life at Wissota High Shores and express our condolences in person. We will donate in his memory.

  5. Jenny Ghent says:
    23 Oct 2022
    Thank you, for all of the wisdom and friendship that you imparted on so many people.

  6. Natalie Alred says:
    22 Oct 2022
    Great leader who will be truly missed

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