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Henry A. Brzezinski

January 2, 1923 ~ July 15, 2021 (age 98)


Henry A. Brzezinski, 98, Wausau died Thursday, July 15, 2021 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Rennes, Weston.

He was born January 2, 1923 in the town of Bevent, son of the late Joseph and Martha (Kedrowicz) Brzezinski. 

Henry, whose Catholic faith was central in his life, graduated from St. Ladislaus Catholic School in Bevent. On May 10, 1947 he married Dorothy Dombrowski in Polonia. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2013.

He worked as a laborer in window manufacturing at Underwood Veneer and Curtis Woodworking before he began a 23-year career at Wausau Insurance, retiring as superintendent of maintenance and security in 1987. He enjoyed 26 years of happy trails with Dorothy, taking many trips together across the country on the Amtrak with son, Larry. Henry was a self-taught carpenter, and skillfully worked on many projects at the Stark St. house, including a total re-do of the kitchen with birch cabinetry. His other interests included tending to his many tomato plants, visiting with his large relation and being a part of his grandchildren’s activities.

Survivors include his seven children: Rev. Hilary Brzezinski O.F.M., La Crosse, Norb Brzezinski, Wausau, Gerald Brzezinski, Wausau, Deb (Ken) Dorshorst, Mosinee, Jerry (Hollie) Brzezinski, Green Bay, Cindy (Paul) Prior, Lake Elmo, Minn., and Craig Brzezinski, Wausau; six grandchildren: Ryan (Jodi) Dorshorst, Jenna (David) Coldwell, Danielle Brzezinski, Zachary Brzezinski, Patrick and Molly Prior; three great-grandsons, Theodore, Arthur and Simon Dorshorst; sisters-in-law, Lucille Dallman, Irene Shopinski, Joyce Gagas; brothers-in-law, Charles (Bea) Dombrowski, Don Adamczak.

Besides his parents and wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by siblings, Barney (Mary), Leo (Emma), Frank (Esther) and Albin (Lydia) Brzezinski, Mary (Frank) Guzinski, Regina (Frank) Wisniewski and Evelyn (Joe) Barczynski.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce and Rev. Hilary Brzezinski will preside. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau.  There will be a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials in Henry’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Franciscan Friars of Franklin, Wisc.

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July 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
1302 Sixth Street
Wausau, WI 54403

Funeral Mass
July 20, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church (Wausau)

July 20, 2021

9:00 PM to 10:30 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church (Wausau)

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