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Albin Francis Kamenski

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Albin Francis Kamenski Notice
Kamenski, Albin Francis Husband of Sally (Nee Cholka) completed his earthly journey on Thursday, February 21, 2013. He was born September 14, 1927, to Peter and Catherine (Nee Jakusz) Kamenski in Stevens Point, WI. As a young man, he helped his family through the depression years by working on the farm in Torun and at his father's store (Kamenski Market on the edge of city square in Stevens Point). But it was the draw of G.A. Gullickson's garage across the street that ignited Al's lifelong love for all things mechanical, especially cars and motorcycles. He started driving at age 9 and purchased his first car at age 14. Al eventually worked at Gullickson's until he graduated from PJ Jacobs High School in 1946. Al served in the Air Force from 1946 - 1953 as crew chief on B-29 and B-50 bombers including ones specially equipped with high altitude surveillance camera equipment. Although he had tours of duty in the Pacific and Europe, it was the two years that he was stationed in Tucson, AZ that would forever stick with him as a place he would like to retire. Al and Sally achieved that dream and retired in Sun City West, AZ in the late 1980's. Al left the service a changed man, strong, self-confident and independent. This led him to move to Milwaukee where his ability to fix things made him a natural for owning rental properties. He also started working for J. Holmes learning the trade of carpet installation which became his first career. He married Sally in Milwaukee on April 14, 1956. Within the next four years they had three children and established a new company, Al's Carpet Service. The business allowed the family to stay together, living and working out of the old Pearl Theater building on Milwaukee's south side for the next 22 years. After closing the carpet business, Al and Sally went on to their second careers, Sally at Badger Mutual Insurance and Al as a plant engineer at St. John Vianney Parish in Brookfield, WI. If his first career was one of duty to provide for and keep his family together, the second career was one ideally suited to take advantage of all the diverse repair knowledge Al had developed over the years. He thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of each day and the feeling of fulfillment when problems were solved. The teachers, staff and children at the school developed a fond relationship with "Mr. Al" which opened up his normally quiet and short communication style. Al enjoyed those work years the most along with continuing to own, manage and live in investment properties. Al and Sally enjoyed their first private home when they moved out to Sun City West, AZ. They enjoyed the warmth and developed many friendships in the community up until Al's last day. Al is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sally and children, Michael (Sherri Sandona), Karen (Allen Kinn) and Jeff (Simone Redemann); Grandchildren Kristie (Konter) (Joel Potter), Martin (Mica Cole) and Paul (Claire Pignet), 4 step-grandchildren, 6 great granddaughters, a brother, Fr. Thomas OFM (AKA Eugene) and a sister-in-law, Marge Kamenski. He was preceded in death by his parents, half-brother Roman and his wife Clara (Zolandek) and brother Gerald. A celebration of his life will be held in Milwaukee on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church; 5400 W. Washington Boulevard. Visitation will start at 9AM with mass at 11AM and luncheon to follow. The family would like to express thanks to the staff of Grandview Care Center and Banner Hospice for the care and concern given to Al. In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, the family requests that donations be made to "Curé d'Ars SJV School Annual Fund" in Al Kamenski's name, the school fund at St. John Vianney.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Feb. 27, 2013
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