Clemens S. Wadzinski, 93, formerly from Rothschild, WI passed away Wednesday December 26, 2018 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home, King, WI.
He was born October 10, 1925 to Joseph and Mary (Lepak) Wadzinski in the town of Cassel, WI. Clemens grew up in the town of Cassel and attended Marathon City High School. He was sworn into the Cadet Program in Milwaukee, WI and placed in the Air Force Reserve on August 11, 1943. On December 12, 1943 he entered basic training in Greensboro, NC and then attended Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC. He transferred to San Antonio Cadet Center for Pre-Flight School, where as a member of the Army Air Corps, studied the theory of flight, air and naval recognition and link and parachute training. Clemens was injured in a parachute accident and during his recovery the war in Europe ended, he was honorably discharged on October 31, 1945.
On April 27, 1946, he married the love of his life, Arleen (Dottie) Sicklinger at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marathon City, WI. Together they raised 5 children in Rothschild, WI and were devoted members of St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild. While raising their children, Clemens worked at Marathon Corporation, American Can Corp, and Weyerhauser for 41 years as a Supervisor until his retirement in 1988. During those years he also spent time serving as commissioner of the Rothschild Swimming pool, President of the Rothschild, Schofield, Weston Little League, and loved coaching. He was a lifetime member of the Rothschild Urban Aires Snowmobile Club, member of the Marathon County Snowmobile Association, Director of District 3 Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs from 1986 -1991, and a 70 plus years member of the American Legion Post 469. Clemens went on the 6th Never Forgotten Honor Flight 10-17-2011, it was very emotional for him especially the Iwo Jima memorial and mail call on the way back to CWA. Clemens played baseball for many years and remained a Milwaukee Brewers fan as well as a Green Bay Packers fan.
Clemens and Arleen enjoyed a wonderful life including the many years they owned a cottage on Lake Nokomis in Tomahawk, WI, boating and fishing the summer months and snowmobiling winter months.
They RV’d through the U.S. and Canada for several years until they gave up snowmobiling and purchased a permanent spot in Hawaiian Isles Park, Ruskin, FL to spend the winter months. There Clemens enjoyed many things including golfing, playing horse shoes and volunteering on several committees.
On August 21st of 2014 Clemens moved into the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, WI where he was well liked and very well cared for, which his children are forever grateful.
Survivors include his children, Jeff (Fay) Wadzinski, Sun City, FL; Russ (Debbie) Wadzinski, Tomahawk, WI; Jay (Carrie) Wadzinski, Melbourne Beach, FL; Jodell (Bill) Brumfield, Columbus, OH; a son-in-law, Michael Rewey, Madison, WI; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Sisters Geraldine Lang and Luanne Zemski and Brother Kenneth Wadzinski.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arleen Wadzinski, daughter Pam Rewey, parents Mary and Joe Wadzinski, mother-in law, Lillian Mucha, Brother Marvin Wadzinski, great grandchild Samara Woodland, and many beloved friends and relatives.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday January 4, 2019 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Rothschild WI. Rev. Allan L. Slowiak will preside. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, WI. Friends may call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Wausau Never Forgotten Honor Flight in care of the family.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com