THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: May 7, 2014
Walter Franczek, 89, of Armstrong Creek, passed away Wednesday, May 1, surrounded by his family, one week short of his 90th birthday at Hebron Oaks Skilled Nursing Center in Madison, after a battle with dementia and Parkinsons disease.
Born May 8, 1924, in Johnston City, Ill., son of Adam and Katherine (Bzrdzirk) Franczek, his family moved to Armstrong Creek when he was four years old. He was an engineer in the United States Army in Europe during World War II, followed by a tour as a senior surveyor in the United States Air Force until 1951. He married the former Sophie Wysocki, of Goodman on June 9, 1949. He attended Milwaukee School of Engineering where he studied mechanical engineering, then moved to the Chicago area where worked for several manufacturing companies and then with the Motorola Corporation. He was a design team member of the first-generation hand-held radio/walkie-talkie, used by the US Secret Service. He retired from Motorola as head of Quality Control in 1985 and returned to Armstrong Creek in 1987. A member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, he served as Commander of VFW Post 7444.
Survivors include sons, Edward (Mariann) Franczek, of Bensenville, Ill. and Michael (Kristen) Franczek, of Verona; a granddaughter; a sister, Marie (Franczek) Stephens, of New Berlin; brothers-in-law, Stanley (Patricia) Wysocki, of Port Orange, Fla., John (Joann) Wysocki, of Quinnesec, Mi., Joseph (Marilyn) Wysocki, of Goodman and Walter (Kathleen) Wysocki, of Armstrong Creek; sisters-in-law, Marie Bethe, of Appleton and Susanna Wysocki, of San Francisco, Ca.; numerous nieces; nephews and other friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Katherine; his wife, Sophie; brothers, Stanley Franczek and Joseph Franczek; a sister-in-law, Mary Franczek and brothers-in-law, Casimir Wysocki, Edmund Wysocki, Andrew Wysocki, Herb Stephens and Stanley Bethe.
Visitation was held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek on Tuesday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Monsignor Paul Koszarek, assisted by Deacon Jerry Cross officiated with burial in Pine Hill Cemetery in Armstrong Creek. Weber Hill Funeral Home of Crandon assisted the family with arrangements.