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Louis P. Stepien

Louis P. Stepien, 84, American hero of the Korean Conflict, passed away Jan. 17. He died at a local hospital as a result of complications following surgery for extensive disabling injuries suffered 61 years ago while serving in the United States Army.

Born April 2, 1929 in Morgan, son of the late Stanley and Frances (Kabara) Stepien, he graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1946. He achieved the rank of sergeant and earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star with V for Valor, the Purple Heart and other medals. After being honorably discharged from the military he was employed by Carver Boat Company before becoming a Rural Mail Carrier serving mail routes in Sobieski, Abrams, and Krakow. On May 21, 1960, he married Marion Valentine at St. Joseph Church in Chase. The couple raised their family in Sobieski and were married 53 years.

He was a member of the PLAV Post #178, Krakow, Oconto County DAV Chapter 45 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart #164, Green Bay and helped to protect America. He was also a member of SS. Edward & Isidore Parish in Flintville and belonged to the KC, Bishop Bona Council #4439, Pulaski. He was a devoted father, husband, sibling and friend to many and was caring and had empathy for others.

 He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and trips with siblings to Poland, the homeland of his ancestors. He was also a blue birder, arrow header, woodcarver and traveler and the couple twice drove on the Alcan Highway with their truck camper, spending their summers in Alaska.

Survivors include his wife, Marion; four children, Marilu (Greg) Stepien-Belanger, Washburn, Peggy (Mike) Mastey, Pulaski, Dr. Kathy (Jim Rehfeldt) Stepien, Juneau, Ak. and Jeffrey (Frances) Stepien, Sobieski; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two step-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Sophie Kraszewski, Howard, Lloyd (Dorothy) Stepien, West Allis, Florence Kowalkowski, Pulaski, Marie (Ben) Schoenborn, Milwaukee, Lorraine Stepien, Howard, Dennis (Joann) Stepien, Green Bay, Jerry (Dorothy) Stepien, Sobieski, Bonnie (Dick) McDermid, Pulaski and Tom (Diane) Stepien, Green Bay; inlaws, Barbara (Larry) Tilque and Pat (Don) Hudson, both of Howard, Rosalie (Jim Liberton) Valentine, Burke, Va; nieces; nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Julie (Bob) Heinzen, Sister Dolorice (Stephanie) Stepien, Frank Kowalkowski and Donald Kraszewski.

Friends called at Marnocha Funeral Home, Pulaski, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 with a Veterans Service at 6:30 p.m., KC Service at 7:15 p.m. and a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. The visitation continued after 9:30 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at 10:30 am on Tuesday. Jan. 21 at SS. Edward & Isidore Church, Green Bay (Flintville). Fr. Dave Hoffman presided followed by full military honors. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chase, in the spring. A memorial fund has been established in his name.


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