THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joseph F. Dudek
Joseph F. Dudek, 88, of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, following a short illness.
He was born to the late John and Catherine (Chmielowiecz) Dudek on February 23, 1925 at home. He attended Coleman High School and joined the Army shortly thereafter.
He proudly served with the 1st Calvary Division in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. On October 27, 1951, he married the former Marion Meyer at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena. He had a milk route with Frigo Cheese in Lena and worked at Coleman Parts and Machine Inc. with the Mongin boys for many years. He also enjoyed driving his school bus route for Camps for 50 years, never missing a day.
Joe was an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt and fish, especially up north at the shack and at the farm. He loved gardening, helping out his brother Frank at the family farm, spending time with Marion and his family and meticulously caring for his home, yard and cars. He was a 60-year member of the Kalbes-Seewald Legion Post #280, serving in many capacities. Nothing made him more proud to carry the flag in many local parades and Memorial Day services. He was a member of the Coleman and Klondike Sportsmens Clubs and life-long member of St. Anne Catholic Parish, Coleman-Pound.
Joe is survived by Marion, his wife of 61 years; two daughters, Mary Jo (Rick) Wickland, Coon Rapids, MN and Lori Ann (John) Marquardt, Oconto Falls; one son, Daniel (Judy), Appleton; eight grandchildren: Aaron (Mallory) Wickland, Maple Grove, MN; Andrew Wickland (Amanda Heiting), Appleton; Adam Wickland (Melinda Clements), Eau Claire; Gregory (Gwen) Marquardt, Abilene, TX; Stephen Marquardt, Kenosha; Katie Marquardt, Oconto Falls; Audrey and Cameron Dudek, Appleton; many nieces and nephews, and his Schnauzer and constant companion, Abby.
He was preceded in death by three brothers: John Jr., Anthony and Frank; and four sisters: Anna (Leo) Hornick, Mary (Walter) Weber, Stella Dudek and Bernice (Fred) Svejda.
Visitation was on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 228 E. Main St., Coleman from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the church at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Robert Karuhn officiating. Joe was laid to rest at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Coleman. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman assisted with the arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire Svejda family, to Dr. Sakti Chakrabarti and the 2nd Floor East nursing staff at Bay Area Medical Center for their care and support.
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