Obit: Kowalczyk, Joseph #3 (1925 - 2011)
Contact: Audrey Roedl
Surnames: Kowalczyk, Pasyk, Cukla
----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, Wis. 02 FEB 2001)
Kowalczyk, Joseph (25 OCT 1925-25 JAN 2011)
Joseph S. Kowalczyk, 85, Loyal, formerly of Gilman died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 29, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Loyal. Rev. Jerome Naduvathaniyil officiated. Pallbearers were Eliot Kowalczyk. Jason Reckner, David Debold, Carey Cukla, Mike Gonstead and Rick Jeness. Joseph Stephen Kowalczyk was born on Oct. 25, 1925, on the family farm, rural Gilman, the son of John and Anna (nee Pasyk) Kowalczyk. He was raiser on the farm and received his education in the Gilman rtea, graduating from Gilman High School in 1944. After completing high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He married Caroline Cukla on Oct. 11, 1952, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lublin. He worked in Gilman for Romig’s Hardware, Plumbing & Heating for 19 years, and was the tax assessor for the village of Gilman for 17 years. In 1970, they moved to Loyal and he then worked at Midland Co-op until 1975. He started his own business, Kowalczyk Plumbing & Heating, in 1975 and worked until 1990, when he semi-retired. He continued to do plumbing & heating work until 2009. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, a member of the Loyal American Legion Post #175, and a former member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He had many interests, but especially enjoyed collecting lunch boxes, making bird baths and bird houses, witching wells, and in his earlier years, was very active in pine car derbies, where he was instrumental in getting the derbies started, and building many of the cars and tracks in the area. He was a very creative person and could make anything.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Caroline, Loyal; four children, Susan Kowalczyk, Marshfield, Rodney Kowalczyk, Loyal, Robin Kowalczyk, Marshfield, and Laurie Kowalczyk, Loyal; three grandchildren, Jason Reckner, Josianne Reckner, and Eliot (Rachel Wolfe) Kowalczyk; three sisters, Rose Bujak, Homer Glen, Ill., Mary (Frank) Lencz, Gilman, and Edna (Harold) Duffy, Milwaukee; two sisters-in-law, Helen Kowalczyk, Forreston, Ill., and Zenita Kowalczyk, Altoona; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Alex "Cap" Kowalczyk and twins, Gus and Frank Kowalczyk; and one sister, Sophie Gonstead.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.
Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, assisted the family with arrangements.
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