THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Eugene (Gene) Pawlowski, 97, passed away Monday, July 14 at the Oklahoma VA Center, Claremore, Okla.
Born Dec. 9, 1916, in Milwaukee, to Frank and Josephine Pawlowski (Czarnecki), he was raised in Menominee, Mi., and while at Menominee High School, he and another student built the four sets of iron gates in shop class for Walton Blesch Stadium. He married Margaret (Maggie) Noel of Marinette and moved his family to Milwaukee in the early 40's. He served with the 59th SeaBee's on Guam. After World War II, he served as Commander of Milwaukee's Nowak-Plunkett VFW Post 920. In 1964 he married Jacqueline Girard and with her help formed Mery Girard Antiques becoming experts in French antiques, medical equipment and Edison Machines.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Girard Pawlowski; two sons, Gene R. Pawlowski and A.J. Pawlowski (Cyndi); a daughter, Peggy Finch (Gerald); a step-daughter, Frances Purdy (Carol Richards); four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Pawlowski and a granddaughter, Shell Purdy.
Burial was in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, Mi. at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13.