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Leo Joseph Michalski 

Leo Joseph Michalski, 96, of Marinette, passed away on Wednesday, June 18 at Renaissance Assisted Living Facility in Marinette.

Born Jan. 5, 1918 in Chicago, he was the seventh child of Polish immigrants, John and Marye (Matykiewicz). He was the first of ther children to be driven to church in an automobile for his baptism. As a child, he moved to Porterfield with his family and grew up on the family farm. He attended Sandberg School in Porterfield.

He held many jobs in the area as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the late 1930’s he went to the Chicago area and worked in steel mills. He served in World War II and returned to the family farm for a short time, when he met his wife, Dorothy Yunke at a dance at Evergreen Ballroom. Their first date was at midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in 1941. He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps in the 1068th Signal Co., 306th Service Group, 340th Bomb Group, 12th Air Force from Feb. 11, 1942 to Oct. 8, 1945. He toured North Africa, Tunis, Sicily, Italy and Corsica.

Upon returning home, he married on Nov. 17, 1945. After returning from their honeymoon, he started a 36 year career with Scott Paper Co., retiring in 1981. The couple made their home on Thomas Street, Marinette. Over the next 10 years, they had three children, Steven, Thomas and Karolee. He designed and built the family home on Pierce Avenue.

A true outdoorsman he took advantage of every opportunity to hunt, fish and be outdoors. Even at age 92, he was at camp cutting cedar posts. He loved bowling and playing baseball and played on many leagues in the Marinette and Menominee areas.

After retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Alaska to visit his son, Tom and “daughter“ Melody, and helping Korry and Don with their grocery business. When his wife became sick, he put retirement on hold to tend to herand became her sole caretaker.

A member of Holy Family Church and the American Legion, he was a diehard New York Yankee fan and always rooted for the Chicago Bears.

Survivors include a daughter, Karolee “Korry” (Don) Dessart of Menominee; a son, Thomas (Melody) Michalski of Clark, MO; six grandchildren; and many vnieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marye; his wife, Dorothy; an infant daughter, “Baby Girl”; a son, Steven; infant brothers, Stanley and Sylvester; brothers, Joseph, Bernard “Ben”; sisters, Helen Wozniak, Jean Fish, Lottie “Tootie” Thompson, Emeline “Amy” Karnold; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Family and friends called at Thielen Funeral Home on Monday, June 23rd from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Deacon Jerome Thetreau officiated. Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 24th from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Church with Rev. Ryan Ford officiating.

Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette with military honors by the 20 Year Club.




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