Kotnik, Vincent J.
Vincent J. Kotnik, 91, of Sheboygan passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Countryside Manor.
Vincent was born a son to the late Vincent and Anna (Krantz) Kotnik on December 29, 1921 in Sheboygan. He attended schools in Sheboygan graduating from Sheboygan Central High School in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Aleutian Islands. On August 10, 1946 he was united in marriage to Mary Koren whom he had known since childhood. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. With his partner, Joe Falle he operated Kotnik-Falle Auto Body for 46 years. Vincent was an all around handyman, enjoyed his gardens, golfing and bowled on various teams in the area.
Vincent was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, the KSKJ and VFW Post 9156.
Vincent loved his family dearly and always put others before himself. He will be dearly missed by those who survive; his wife, Mary; his children, Vincent (Cathy) Kotnik of Milwaukee, David John Kotnik of Sheboygan, Maribeth (Bill) Burtard of Sheboygan and Teri (Jon) Stengel of Sheboygan Falls; his honorary son, Richard A. (Luann) Zeller of Sheboygan; his grandchildren, John Kotnik, Jackie (Jason) Westbury , Tina (Richard) Caron, Scott Burtard, Mandi Stengel, Shannon Ellinger and Chad Ellinger; his great grandson, Owen Ellinger; his step sisters-in-law, Ann (Bob) Schultz and Lucia Part, both of Sheboygan; nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a son William; a brother, Tony Zajc; a sister, Mary Pausha and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Max and Melba Koren.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m. at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church with Rev. Richard Cerpich presiding. Burial will be in Greendale Cemetery with military rites accorded by VFW Post 9156. Family and friends may gather at the church, 822 New Jersey Ave. on Monday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m.
A memorial fund has been established in Vincent's name.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
Vincent's family would like to extend their grateful appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Countryside Manor and Golden Harbor for the loving compassionate care given to Vicent. A special thank you is also extended to Dr. Beiersdorf for his care and concern.
Reinbold Novak Funeral Home
1535 South 12th Street Sheboygan, WI 53081
Published in Sheboygan Press on Dec. 28, 2013