FAIRFIELD, CA - Raymond Burczyk passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Fairfield, California. Also known as Butch when younger, Ray was born to Thomas and Tekla (nee Chlopek) Burczyk in Chicago on January 22, 1926. The family moved to Racine in 1929. Ray attended St. Stanislaus Church Parochial School (where he first learned English) and Park High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1948. Ray graduated from the Marquette University School of Law in Milwaukee in 1952. Ray had a successful private practice as an attorney in downtown Racine for over three decades, while also serving as Municipal Justice for the Town of Mt. Pleasant and a Federal Bankruptcy Trustee. He married the love of his life, Dolores Swencki (a Registered Nurse) on June 28, 1952. Ray was a long-time member of St. Stanislaus Church and participated in the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. An avid fisherman - never failing to wet a line when near an ocean, river, lake or stream - Ray instilled a deep appreciation of nature in his children. A talented athlete, Ray shot a hole in one at the Burr Oaks Golf Course and was an excellent tennis player. A dedicated traveler, Ray visited over thirty states and six provinces with his wife and children. Ray will be missed by his beloved wife Dolly, his children and their families: Mary Burczyk, Richard and Jessica Voigt (of Fairfield, CA), Thomas and Lisa Burczyk (of Union Grove, WI), Monika Burczyk, DeWitt, Gemima and Georgina Godfrey (of Poolville, NY), John, Christopher and Paul Burczyk (of Waunakee, WI) and Christopher Burczyk (of Marlton, NJ). In July 2009, Ray and Dolly moved to California, first to the Piedmont hills with vistas of the San Francisco Bay, and then to the golden hills and vineyards of Emeritus Rancho Solano in the Suisun Valley. A memorial mass will be offered at the Holy Spirit Parish Church in Fairfield, California. Contributions can be made in Rays honor to Bancroft Neurohealth, 800 Kings Highway North, Suite 305, Cherry Hill, NJ.
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Published in Racine Journal Times on June 18, 2014