Joseph G. Stachowiak
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Of Stevens Point, passed away Friday evening, April 6, 2012 at St. Michael's Hospital at the age of 86 with his loving family at his side, from complications of emphysema and pneumonia.
Joseph was born January 26, 1926 at the family home on Franklin Street. He was the son of the late Josef and Magdaline (Bukowski) Stachowiak. He attended St. Peters Grade school and P.J. Jacobs High School.
His first job as a teenager was tending to the farm animals for the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent. He had fond memories of the sisters offering him pitchers of ice cold farm fresh milk with a plate of large rolls and doughnuts homemade from their kitchen.
Joe went on to deliver furniture for Mirman's Furniture Store until he enlisted in the U. S. Army in June of 1944. He served during World War II, and fought in the Battle of Rhineland and the Battle for Central Europe. As a U.S. Army soldier he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two bronze battle stars, two overseas service Bars, the Army of Occupation Medal Germany, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorable discharged in June of 1946.
Upon his discharge from World War II, Joe joined the U. S. Army Reserves, and was called to active duty for the Korean Conflict in October of 1950. He was honorably discharged from his second tour of duty in August of 1951. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star.
After serving his country during two wars and returning home, Joseph worked for Consolidated Papers from 1948 until his retirement in 1990. Joseph married Barbara LeMay on February 19, 1955 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. After their marriage the couple settled in Stevens Point and was married for Forty Five years. His wife Barbara preceded him in death on November 3, 2000.
Joseph enjoyed watching football and baseball. In his youth, he enjoyed playing baseball. He was a wiz at remembering sporting statistics, and was a voracious reader throughout much of his life. He will be dearly missed by his family.
Joseph is survived by his three daughters, Pauline (Gary) Manowski, Joyce (Frank) Kubicki, and Mary (Michael) LeMay; all of Stevens Point. His two granddaughters Faith and Meghan LeMay both of Stevens Point. Two sisters;
Margaret Czerwinski of Stevens Point, and Sr. Madelyn Stachowiak of the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Stevens Point.
Further survived by many nieces and nephews, and his faithful cat Tigger. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, two Sisters Jean Motyka and Dorothy Krusa and two brothers Daniel Stachowiak, and an infant brother Anthony.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 am Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at St. Peters Catholic Church. Rev. Arul Joseph V. officiating. Burial will be in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 9:30 am Wednesday morning at the St. Faustina room of St. Peter's Church until the time for mass. The Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home of Stevens Point is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.pisarskifuneralhome.com
Published in Stevens Point Journal on Apr. 9, 2012