THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Donald A. Stepniak
Issue Date: May 27, 2020
Donald A. "Don" Stepniak, 86, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Cherry Meadows Hospice.
Born Feb. 19, 1934, the youngest of nine children on the family farm in the Township of Lake, to the late Walter and Martha (Okoniewska) Stepniak, he attended Garfield School in a one room school for grades one and two, St. Anthony from grades three through eight and Marinette High School. He was a Sea Scout in his high school years and attended St. John's in Collegeville, Mn. for two years on a football scholarship before being drafted into the United States Army, where he continued to play football. He married Dolores M. Hoida Sept. 20, 1958 at the former Epiphany Church in Menominee, Mi. and they were married for 61 years.
He served in Germany and was honorably discharged as a Spec. 3rd Class in the 7th Army in 1958. He then attended St. Norbert College and earned a degree in Business Administration in 1960. He worked at Appleton Mills from 1967-1996, retiring as the Manager of Human Resources. He was the president of the Appleton Personnel Association and the first president of the Fox Valley Society for Human Resources.
He loved to golf and had a membership at Glacier Wood Golf Club in Iola and had a seasonal site at Casey Lake Campground in Odgensburg for many years. He enjoyed fishing for bluegills, vegetable gardening, reading books and time is his workshop making furniture. He was a Packer season ticket holder for many years and he and his wife traveled all 50 states, many European countries and Australia and New Zealand.
Survivors are his wife, Dolores; a daughter, Karen Schmelzer, Combined Locks; a son, Gary Stepniak, Minneapolis, Mn.; two grandsons and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Eugene Schmelzer; father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Inez Hoida; four brothers, Victor (Doris), Bernard (Muriel), Henry (Jean) and Walter (Henrietta) Stepniak; and four sisters, Irene (Bernard) Michalski, Helen (Levi) Phillips, Margaret (Floyd) Madson and Veronica (Leonard) Dorscheid.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, a private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. OConnell Funeral Home of Little Chute is assisting the family. The funeral will be live streamed, for more information, call the funeral home at 920-788-6237.