Robert Lee Wadzinski, 78, Town of Cassel died unexpectedly at his home December 31, 2020
He was born in Hammond, Indiana on July 28, 1942, the 3rd of ten children to the late Walter & Sylvia (Bonin) Wadzinski. After his graduation from Marathon High School in1961, he worked at Marathon Cheese, and lived on the family farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland from 1964 to 1966 as a cook for NSA (The secret service) When he returned from the service, he attended NTC and after graduation began his career working for GTE as a central office equipment installer.
Bob was a member of Honor Guard, American Legion Post #469 and served in many military honors funerals, and Memorial Day events. He, along with other members of Post #469, would participate in the annual Marathon Fun Days Parade. If he wasn't marching down that hill, he would be a part of the “Polish” float that was enjoyed by so many. We certainly will miss seeing him marching in that parade.
After his retirement from GTE, at the age of 56 he purchased the house his parents were living in and became their caretakers until Walter's death in 2001, and Sylvia's in 2005.
Being an outdoorsman, hunting and fishing were some of Bob's favorite things to do. He made about 6 trips over a number of years to hunt in Colorado. In recent years he enjoyed deer hunting in Newood country with the notorious Skrzypchak gang. He also enjoyed watching the Packers. In his earlier years he enjoyed softball and bowling. Bob was also a teacher. The radio was always on while the boys milked the cows. He taught George to do the Polka in the barn. He also took the time with some of his nieces and nephews and taught them how to drive. He was also an official member of “The Cassel Sneaky Devil's Club” along with some of the neighbor boys.
Bob was a life long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church serving in many capacities. From maintenance, to sexton, to being a member of the choir for many years, he also served on various committees.
Bob had a special ability to remember things from the past, especially dates. He will always be remembered as a very gentle, quiet and humble soul. He was a much loved son, brother, uncle and friend.
Bob is survived by his six brothers and three sisters. Walter Jr. (Joan), Patricia Berg, George, Alice (Bob) Peterson, Bonnie (Jay) Heindl, Gene, Tim (Dawn), Gerard (Ruby), and Bill. Besides two aunts, he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, one great great niece, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, many aunts and uncles, a sister-in-law Paulette Wadzinski and infant nephew, Joey Wadzinski and great niece, Isabelle Fetters.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Town of Cassel. Rev. Joseph Nakwah will preside. Visitation will be Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. Current social distancing protocols will be observed and masks are required for all who attend.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
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