THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
John W. Klescewski
Issue Date: August 15, 2019
John Walter Klescewski, 94, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at Aurora Medical Center.
Born Nov. 22, 1924 in Armstrong Creek, to the late Kasmier and Mary (Kuzma) Klescewski, he was a proud Polish-American and served in the United States Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge. He remained in Germany and France during the Occupation.
After returning from the war he worked many jobs until settling at Calumet and Hecla Lumber Company in Goodman. He married Irene Wierzbicki in June, 1948 in Goodman and they had two children, Linda and Kenneth.
In the late 50's the family moved to Oshkosh where he worked at McDonalds and then became a Master Plumber establishing his own successful plumbing business. After retirement, they enjoyed road trips to California to visit their son and his family.
He enjoyed cars, especially his many Cadillacs and spent many hours cleaning, polishing and driving his cars. He especially liked being in the woods and many years of deer hunting with his son. Mostly, he loved returning to the Goodman and Armstrong Creek area to maintain relationships with relatives and old friend and change the calendar in the hunting cabin. He loved polish sausage (kielbasa) and always searched for the best one.
For many years, he cared for his wife until her passing in 2014. After her death, at age of 90, he learned to bake excellent cakes and pies to satisfy his sweet tooth. He was in good health until a few years before his death and was able to remain in his home maintaining the lawn and hand washing his Cadillac. A devout Christian, he was indebted to Lillian and Ken Berndt for their Spiritual guidance and support.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda (Rodney) Witt, Sun Prairie; a son, Kenneth (Anna), Livermore, Ca.; two granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Cecilia, Des Moines, Ia.; many sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews and two special friends, Nancy and Shirley.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene; three brothers and two sisters.
A visitation will be held at Seefeld Funeral Home in Oshkosh on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m. until time of sharing at 6:45 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be held in Hillside Cemetery in Fence, Florence County on Friday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m.