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“Mr. Foley was a great man and always gave students a fair shake. He encouraged us to try harder and be better than what people could see. He always...Read More »
1 of 77 | Posted by: Tami (Penkivech) Gregory - MI

“Mr. Foley was like the father I never had. He made you feel like you were important and what you had to say was important. I have many found memories...Read More »
2 of 77 | Posted by: Chris Peterson - Greenfield, WI

“Mr Foley, you will be missed greatley by many people, you had a great impact on many people for many years. As much as we tried to fool you, you...Read More »
3 of 77 | Posted by: Richard Whelan - Dillsboro, IN

“Dear Foley Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Foley was a good man and a positive influence for so many at GHS. We were blessed to have him...Read More »
4 of 77 | Posted by: Sal Di Stefano - Boston, MA

“It broke my heart when I heard the news. Mr. Foley was one of the people I will always remember from my years at GHS. He was always kind, fair, and...Read More »
5 of 77 | Posted by: Heidi Linden - Racine, WI

“Dearest Mr. Jack Foley , It saddens me to here of your passing. We have all lost one of the greatest men we have ever known.If It was not for all...Read More »
6 of 77 | Posted by: Brian Mueller - Raymond, WI

“Jack"s Family; I wanted to let all of you how sorry I am to here of your dad's/grandfather's passing. He was a great guy, which is verified by all...Read More »
7 of 77 | Posted by: Gene Bibis - Muskego, WI - friend

Mr. Foley with an iris. His favorite time of the day - sending all the MS kids home!!!! “Here's one more photo of Mr. Foley at the end of the school day. 1973 ”
8 of 77 | Posted by: Laury Hall - Greenfield, WI

Mr. Foley was kind enough to be in a photo with me . This was at a GMS dance in 1973 <3 “I was sadden to learn about Mr. Foley's passing. He was a great person and he touch the lives of so many students. I know he made a mark in my life! ...Read More »
9 of 77 | Posted by: Laury Hall - Greenfield

“Foley Family I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Foley will always be remembered in my heart. He was a wonderful Vice Principle and will to go the extra...Read More »
10 of 77 | Posted by: Dawn Rutkowski - Payette, ID

“That man could run after you better than anyone I ever knew in a suit and nice shoes...eyes in the back of his head... psychic...he just knew what...Read More »
11 of 77 | Posted by: Wade Cranfield - Milw, WI

“Mr. Foley was the only person in high school I could really turn to. He helped me through some pretty serious stuff and for that I am thankful. I...Read More »
12 of 77 | Posted by: Melissa Manley - Greenfield, WI

“Wow!! I just read the first 64 entries and am in awe of a person I thought I knew all my life. Having left Oak Creek in 58 for CHI and now in...Read More »
13 of 77 | Posted by: Jim Weiss - Hermosa Beach, CA

My son Brandon Hoffa, his wife Paula, and me (far right) “So many memories, Mr Foley. :) May the Lord be with you all during this sad time. ”
14 of 77 | Posted by: April Volkmann Hoffa - Oconomowoc, WI

“I am so sorry for your loss, but blessed to have known him. Mr. Foley was one of the great influences in my life. He treated me with firmness but...Read More »
15 of 77 | Posted by: Jodie - Guild, TN

“I am so sorry for your loss, but blessed to have known him. Mr. Foley was one of the great influences in my life. He treated me with firmness but...Read More »
16 of 77 | Posted by: Jodie - Guild, TN

“I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Foley's passing. He was such a huge influence in my life and will be missed greatly. I will always regret that I was...Read More »
17 of 77 | Posted by: Darren Hull - Greenfield, WI

“Deepest sympathies to the Foley Family. As people before me have stated he was a great guy and VP. (I was in GMS when he was there.) You will not...Read More »
18 of 77 | Posted by: Wanda Scholl (Kirkley) - Cudahy, WI

“What a lovely man he was! I remember sitting across from him with that swatch of hair hanging over his large, dark-framed glasses and him NOT...Read More »
19 of 77 | Posted by: Lisa (Wolff) Bruce - WI

“Very sorry to hear about Mr. Foley! He was a great guy and we all especially class of 1977 remember him when we were all in middle school! He left...Read More »
20 of 77 | Posted by: carrie Mauer ( Roesler)

“We are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will see you Sat. morning. Bill and Marian ”
21 of 77 | Posted by: William McCarthy and Marian Timmerman - WI

“It is with heavy heart that I send my wishes of peace during this time of loss for your family. Let all the hearts and souls that Mr Foley ever...Read More »
22 of 77 | Posted by: Kenny Demos - Oak Park, IL

“My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Foley Family. Mr. Foley was such a positive influence on many of us who attended GMS and GHS. He was an...Read More »
23 of 77 | Posted by: Kori Chanda - Greenfield Alumni

“WOW! I have so many memories of how great of a man he was. I have been loking for him recently but no one knew where he had gone or what had happened...Read More »
24 of 77 | Posted by: Pamela Reible- Sweitzer - Phoenix, AZ

“WOW! I have so many memories of how great of a man he was. I have been loking for him recently but no one knew where he had gone or what had happened...Read More »
25 of 77 | Posted by: Pamela Reible - Phoenix, AZ

“Wow, Mr Foley sure had an impact on alot of our lives! I have thought about him so many times in the last 22 years. He was the best...always there...Read More »
26 of 77 | Posted by: Christa Remondino - West Allis, WI

“To the Foley family sorry for your loss. Mr. Foley as I knew him was a very fair man. He knew when to be tough and he knew when you need a friend. I...Read More »
27 of 77 | Posted by: Paul Lenz - Green Bay, WI

“My condolences to the Foley Family. Mr. Foley was a wonderful man who has left so many of us with such wonderful memories. I first new him at GMS,...Read More »
28 of 77 | Posted by: Sandra Matt Brassard - student

“My sympathies to the Foley family. I, too, spent a considerable amount of time in Mr. Foley's office. Not for discipline issues but for the...Read More »
29 of 77 | Posted by: Lisa (Goodman) Thompson - WI

“Mr. Foley was and amazing man and VP...a true gift from God. I was blessed with the opportunity to see him again, this past fall. I graduated in '86...Read More »
30 of 77 | Posted by: Gina (Perlberg) Vinkavich - WI

“He truely was one of a kind in many ways. He never judged just tried to help in any way he could!!! Rest in peace Mr. Foley!!!!! ”
31 of 77 | Posted by: Loni Zeromski - Greenfield, WI

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Foley family and all of your loved ones. I knew him as Jack and was very lucky to have him in my life. I...Read More »
32 of 77 | Posted by: Jennifer (Craig) Bernsteen - WI

“Mr. Foley will be missed. As a new student to Greenfield my Junior year 1989, he made me feel welcome and was always there to listen. He was a...Read More »
33 of 77 | Posted by: Denise Martin - Greenfield, WI

“My heart goes out to the Foley family. I knew "Jack" as Mr. Foley and I have always appreciated the fact that students (including myself) had an...Read More »
34 of 77 | Posted by: Laurie Krukowski - Greenfield, WI

“May you Rest in Peace Mr. Foley... You were a great VP/Principal, always gave people a chance, and were respected by many... You personally helped me...Read More »
35 of 77 | Posted by: Damian Stojovic - Menomonee Falls, WI

“To the family of Mr. Foley it is with great sadness to hear of your loss. Mr. Foley was always a fair man. He truly was one of a kind. He always had...Read More »
36 of 77 | Posted by: Jeffrey Demos - Bay View, WI

“As a parent of three Greenfield graduates, I have to mention just how much Mr. Foley helped us in the hard job of "parenting". As hard as we parents...Read More »
37 of 77 | Posted by: mary lou perlberg - Westfield, WI

“I forgot to tell you that we share the same birth date, so I will always remember you on that day! We can celebrate together! I never knew that all...Read More »
38 of 77 | Posted by: Cheryl Warken - FRANKLIN, WI

“Not many people get to leave their mark on this world and have so many people know about it, but Mr. Foley sure did. He was so nice to me during the...Read More »
39 of 77 | Posted by: Cheryl Warken - Franklin, WI

“My name is Janet and I am number five out of the Foley six. I just wanted to thank all of the former students who have posted a message about our...Read More »
40 of 77 | Posted by: Janet - Oak Creek, WI

“Mr Foley...What a great mentor, a man that walked the fine line between bringing someone to the edge and yet making them think twice of what life...Read More »
41 of 77 | Posted by: Brian "Bengi" Bembenek - WI

“Mr. Foley helped me and so many others through some tough times @ school.... I will never forget his kindness and the depth of his heart. His memory...Read More »
42 of 77 | Posted by: Jenny Long (Williams) - Arlington, VA

“To me he wasn't "Jack" nor "John. He was, and is, Mr. Foley. He was the most nurturing of men and at the same time a great disciplinarian. He...Read More »
43 of 77 | Posted by: Troy Kumprey - Hermosa Beach, CA

“Mr. Foley was a great man, he made a very big impact on me when I was in high school. My prayers go out to his family, he will be missed. ”
44 of 77 | Posted by: Tammi Dehoyos ( Pelzek )

“My condolences to the John "Jack" Foley family for your and my loss. I am alumni from Greenfield High School and graduated in 1986. I have a fond...Read More »
45 of 77 | Posted by: Chris Ward - Hartland, WI

“My condolence goes out to your family from ours. As being the a second generation student at GHS that had Mr.Foley as a VP, it saddens us with your...Read More »
46 of 77 | Posted by: Jason Hoefs - stewartville, MN

“Mr Foley was a great educator that understood the youth of today, I think the school district of greenfield should do one great thing......Make him a...Read More »
47 of 77 | Posted by: Eric Alba - Milwaukee, WI

“I have never seen a principal who was so accesible and caring, but yet so respected. I got in trouble once in my senior year amd was just as ashamed...Read More »
48 of 77 | Posted by: Jill Kneser Brooks - Oak Creek, WI

“Mr Foley was a great and caring guy he was easy to talk. He cared about you and how you did in school and tried everything to keep you on the...Read More »
49 of 77 | Posted by: Rachel - Cudahy, WI - Ex-student

“Mr. Foley was a 'traditional' good man and one who honestly cared about the students at GHS. He will continue to be fondly remembered. Our thoughts...Read More »
50 of 77 | Posted by: Linda Johnson - Muskego, WI

“Mr. Foley you were a great man and will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
51 of 77 | Posted by: Amy Williamson

“Mr. Foley was amazing. Although he needed to be tough at times, he was supportive and funny. He took the time to get to know the students at GHS. I...Read More »
52 of 77 | Posted by: Barb Labisch - Franklin, WI

“I'm still in shock after learning about Mr. Foley's passing. He was more than an vice principal at GHS to me. Mr Foley was a caring and concerned...Read More »
53 of 77 | Posted by: Tyron Tatum - Baltimore, MD

“I Mr. Foley from middle school and high school. He was a great man, kind, and compassionate. He will truly be missed. He left his mark as a great...Read More »
54 of 77 | Posted by: Barbara Strube Sterwald

“Mr. Foley's life was a blessing to the many, many kids he worked with. I don't know how he could know us all by name - and circumstnace - but he did...Read More »
55 of 77 | Posted by: Kris (Ewend) Newman - Thorp, WI

“He knew where we all were. And would walk out of greenfield high, walk across the street and come and get all of us that would be hanging out smoking...Read More »
56 of 77 | Posted by: sheryl ceccarini - racine, WI

“Hello, I was from the class of 1986. Mr Foley was not only the Vice Principal, but also was my friend. He was the one I could go to for anything, and...Read More »
57 of 77 | Posted by: Karin Kucak

“To Jack's family; you all know what a great man he is. He's touched so many lives. He will be remembered by most of my family, nieces nephews, as a...Read More »
58 of 77 | Posted by: John L. Chingway - Milwaukee, WI

“To the family of Mr. Foley, I would like to express my deepest condolences on your loss. Mr. Foley was a excellent person, role-model, mentor and...Read More »
59 of 77 | Posted by: Rochelle Phelps (Class of 1984)

“Mr. Foley whom we always called "Jack"....was always quick with a smile.Always had an open ear and was very fair about things. I always had much...Read More »
60 of 77 | Posted by: jill tadych

“One time he was not just a principal following rules. He, on one day where I did something very wrong, he was like a father who had to punish me. Yes...Read More »
61 of 77 | Posted by: Alvin D. Reasby Jr. (GHS c/o 1997) - WI

“My deepest sympathies to the Foley family. I was class of '93 at Greenfield High School, & was honored to have known Mr. Foley. He touched a lot of...Read More »
62 of 77 | Posted by: Carla Martinez

“Mr Foley will always be miss I remember him when I went to Greenfield High School until we gather on the other side were we will see our loved ones...Read More »
63 of 77 | Posted by: Sandy Bettin

“So sorry for your loss, Mr. Foley was a GREAT man, he will surely be missed. ”
64 of 77 | Posted by: Christina Zake

“I, like Ellen Ron and David, am also a K-12 Otjen school friend. I remember Jack as an altar boy at St Matthews. We made our first communion and...Read More »
65 of 77 | Posted by: Jo-Rita Wegner (Drezdzon) - TX

“Mr Foley was one of my favorite "educators" of all time. Even though he did not sit in a classroom, he taught us all a lot about life. He was loved...Read More »
66 of 77 | Posted by: William Kumprey - New Berlin, WI

“My heartfelt sympathy to the family of "Jack". Mr. Foley was a very unique High School VP. He really cared and made a difference in so many of our...Read More »
67 of 77 | Posted by: Jody Augustine - Punta Gorda, FL

“He was an awesome guy. He always knew that in everyone there was a good person. He will be truely missed. Even after all these years, people still...Read More »
68 of 77 | Posted by: Sherry Ernst - WI

“I was quite a handful in my teen years and was a bit of rebel and as such I spent way too much time in Mr. Foley's office back in the day. He was...Read More »
69 of 77 | Posted by: Santo Ingrilli - Milwaukee, WI

“My condolences to the Foley Family. Mr. Foley was a great guy. Congenial, but tough. One of the only administrators in GHS that understood the...Read More »
70 of 77 | Posted by: David Burzynski - AZ

“I send sincere condolences to Pat and Jack's children, grandchildren, extended family and close friends. May GOD and many happy memories be of...Read More »
71 of 77 | Posted by: Violet Heasty Cobb - Tulsa, OK

“Mr. Foley was a great guy and a super vice principal.... A guy I'll never forget. RIP Mr. Foley, and keep those kids in line and not smoking around...Read More »
72 of 77 | Posted by: Bill Roeder - Phoenix, AZ

“So sorry to hear of Mr. Foley's passing. He was a great Vice Principal and had a special way of connecting with the kids. May your memories bring...Read More »
73 of 77 | Posted by: Julie Braden - Ixonia, WI

“It is easy to recall fond memories associated with Jack. He was always a class leader. When Jack needed help learning Latin along with Dennis, George...Read More »
74 of 77 | Posted by: David L. Jasmer - Scottsdale, AZ

“My deepest condolences. I have good memories of Mr.(Jack)Foley. I am blessed to know that I live in the house he grew-up in. My love, thoughts,and...Read More »
75 of 77 | Posted by: LONI ASHBAUGH - Oak Creek, WI

“Like Ellen, I knew Jack for a life time. Grade school at Otjen, graduation from O.C.H.S. We did a lot together during our school years. I dare say...Read More »
76 of 77 | Posted by: Ron McCoy - aNCHORAGE, AK

“I've known Jack since we were both in kindergarten at Otjen School, maybe even before that, as we lived a couple blocks down the street from one...Read More »
77 of 77 | Posted by: Ellen Last - Madison, WI


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Foley, John F. "Jack" Passed away Monday February 28, 2011 at the age of 69 years. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Patricia (nee Rutkowski), also his sons Jon and Joel. Loving father of Julie, Jeanne (Special friend Scott), Jim, and Janet (Troy) Baer. Dear grandfather of Marisa, Paul, Corina, Natalie, Ava, Addison. Great grandfather of Logan. Brother of Midge (David) Purcell and Kathy (Jack) Wiley. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 5, at the FUNERAL HOME at 11:30AM. Family will receive friends from 9:30AM until the time of service. Interment Saturday March 12, at 11AM at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Jack was the Vice Principal of Greenfield High School for many years and will be missed by many. HERITAGE FUNERAL HOMES Johnson-Reiss-Klemmer-Scheuerell-Tyborski 9200 S. 27th Street 414-761-2750

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