William E. Bower

March 27, 1934 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

William E. Bower Obituary

William E. Bower, age 89, of North Aurora, passed away November 27, 2023 at home with his loving family by his side. 

He was born March 27, 1934, in Lorain, Ohio, the son of Edward and Kathaleen (Fesco) Boroski. 

William grew up in Lorain and graduated from Lorain High School in 1952.  Outdoor life and sports were his passions.  Living along Lake Erie allowed him to enjoy water skiing, swimming, lifeguarding, ice hockey and boating.  

Bill attended Miami of Ohio University, where he was a wrestler and boxer. It is also where he met the love of his life, JoAnn Firman, who challenged him to a game of ping pong at the Rec Center.  Although she lost the game, she won his heart, and they were married 6 months later on February 27th, 1954.   

They raised their family of five children in the Chicago suburbs. Bill was a family man first and foremost and put in the time with his five children.  He came home every day after work to play outside with his kids and their neighborhood friends, who affectionally called him “Uncle Bill”. He coached his boys’ Little League and was instrumental in establishing the first girls Elburn league.  As his children’s interests grew, he found a way to make them his interests. Bill loved racquetball, and played with his adult children well into his 60’s.  

Bill retired from Commonwealth Edison after 38 years. He and JoAnn sold their Elburn home and relocated to Punta Gorda, Florida, where he was able to garden year- round.  His flower gardens were so beautiful, that he received job offers from builders to design their model homes.  Local high school children took their prom and homecoming pictures in his front yard.  He and JoAnn greatly enjoyed their time in Florida for 13 years.  When Bill was diagnosed with cancer, they chose to come back to Illinois near family. While in Florida, Bill was active with the Lion’s Club, and spear- headed the establishment of the first YMCA in North Port. 

Bill will be best known for his generosity to others, his kindness towards all, and his wicked sense of humor.  He was a prankster, and friends and family were all fair game to him.  Many funny stories have been shared over the years. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. 

William’s family would like to thank the compassionate hospice nurses from Family Home Health, especially Catherine, Anna and Shannon.   

William is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years Joann (Firman); children William Jr. (Cindy) of Loveland, Colorado, Kathleen (Raymond) Schwab of Geneva, Linda (Joel)Zulkowski of Batavia, Michael (Babette Dean) of North Aurora), and Tom (Shelley) of Montgomery; grandchildren Daniel (Michelle Thomas) Bower, Timonthy (Anna) Mulrooney, Shane (Elaina Spiekermann) Mulrooney, Ryan Bower, Brianna Bower and Danielle Bower; great grandchildren Elizabeth and Emmett Mulrooney; brother Allan (Patricia) Boroski; and many other dear relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 9:15 am, followed by a mass at10:30 am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 801 Oak Street, North Aurora, Illinois 60542 with Father Max Lasrado celebrant.  

A private burial will be held in the spring.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, 4520 East-West Hwy Suite 610, Bethesda, MD 20814 or a charity of your choice. 

Arrangements handled by the Malone Funeral Home in Geneva.  For information 630-232-8233 or 

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December 6, 2023

9:15 AM to 10:30 AM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
801 Oak Street
North Aurora, Illinois 60542

Memorial Service
December 6, 2023

10:30 AM
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
801 Oak Street
North Aurora, Illinois 60542


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