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Edward "Don" Bloniarz(1934 - 2013)

Bloniarz, Edward "Don"

Edward "Don" Bloniarz, 79, Kewaunee, peacefully entered God's kingdom on Feb 4, 2013. Don was born on Feb 2, 1934 in Chicago, IL to Eloise (Kurowski O'Brien) and Edmund Bloniarz. He moved to the Pulaski area as a teenager, where he met Clara Tyczkowski, the love of his life. They married on Oct 6, 1956 in Hoffa Park, and enjoyed 49 years together. Don graduated from Pulaski High School and served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. He was stationed both in Japan and Korea. Don attended trade school and became a watchmaker. He started his own business and repaired watches for area jewelry stores for many years.

Don spent his childhood in the shadows of Wrigley Field, shagging balls at Cubs practice. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawk's fan. Everyone will remember Don's love of the outdoors, fishing, and hunting. Don taught his family to respect nature, have good manners, and take care of each other. In 1971, he moved his family to Kewaunee to live in the country, and reforested 10 acres of his land with over ten thousand seedlings. He treasured the time spent with his family.

Don will be missed by his six children: Larry Bloniarz, Kewaunee; Mike (Greta) Bloniarz, Kewaunee; Barb Erb, Green Bay; Ann (Terry) Kraynik, Gretna, NE; Andy Bloniarz, Tucson, AZ; Jeni (Adam) Ruechel, Green Bay. He is also survived by his grandchildren: James (Julie) Bloniarz, Peter (Danielle) Bloniarz, Amanda (Nick) Langer, Bridget (Drew) Perry, Heather (Tom) Schmidt, Morgan and Mallory Kraynik, and Eric Erb. He was also "Gramps" to his seven great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by Clara's siblings: Marce Dominiczak; John (Charlotte) Tyczkowski; Esther (Don) Blohowiak; and Albert (Penny) Tyczkowski; as well as by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; his daughter, Sue; his parents; his step-father, Lawrence J. O'Brien; two brothers-in-law, Bernard Tyczkowski, and Jack Dominiczak; and a sister-in-law, Leona Tyczkowski.

At Don's request, his family will hold a private memorial service, and he will be laid to rest at St. Hedwig's cemetery in East Krok. Please visit buchananfh.com to express online condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family will make donations in Don's name to JDRF and the .

Don's family expresses a special thank you to the staff at Bellin Health and Unity Hospice.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 6, 2013
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