Koteski, Robert "Pete:
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Robert "Pete" Koteski, age 88, of Berlin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 5, 2014 at his home, the Patriot Place of Berlin.
He was born on December 9, 1925 in Neenah, Wisconsin, the son of Peter John and Marie (Vissers) Koteski.
He married Doris (Dottie) Lorraine Domask on May 29, 1948 at the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church of Berlin and she preceded him in death on April 27, 2000.
He is a member of the All Saints Catholic Parish of Berlin formerly (Saint Stanislaus) and a member of the Holy Name Society of the Parish.
Pete served the youth of Saint Stanislaus as basketball coach from 1970 and for many years after. He was a proud member of the Wells-Krause V.F.W. Post 2925 of Berlin and was also the founder of the V.F.W. Honor Guard Squad of Berlin and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
He served his country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps., during WWII, and was a survivor of Iwo Jima.
Pete retired from AT&T (Wisconsin Bell) in 1985 after 39 years of service as a lineman, combination man and installer/repairman.
He always loved competing in sports and he golfed, bowled, and pitched fast pitch softball well into his forties, and also played competitive tennis.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed these activities at his cabin in Crivitz.
One of his greatest joys was supporting his grandchildren compete in sports and teaching them the joys of the great outdoors.
He enjoyed traveling to Hawaii with his wife and seemed to maintain a perpetual suntan. They also traveled together to several Marine Corps reunions throughout the U.S.A. during retirement. He was thrilled to travel to Washington D.C. as part of an honor guard flight for WWII Vets in October of 2010.
He is remembered by many as a hero, due to his military service but to us he is a hero because he is our dad, grandpa and great grandpa.
Every day of our lives he supported us, provided for us and always did his very best.
The family would like to pass along a special thanks to the staff at the Patriot Place of Berlin for all of their support and care they provided for our dad and us.
Pete is survived by his son, Tom Koteski, daughter, Denise Jackson, son-in-law, Don Narveson, four grandchildren, Joshua (Jesika) Koteski, Aaron (Nikki) White, Hailey (Matt) Mashuda, and Adam Jackson.
Six great grandchildren: Kyleigh and Kamden Koteski, Landon, Parker and Jackson White and Grayson Mashuda , brother, Richard (Ardith) Koteski, sister, Donna (John) LeComte, sister in law Priscella Horn, also several nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Doris, and daughter in law, Kerry Koteski on October 29, 2013, brother in law, Claire Horn, and sister in law, Elaine Domask.
Funeral services with the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday March 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the All Saints Catholic Church of Berlin with the Rev. Jerome Maksvytis officiating and Inurnment will be at a later date in the Saint Michael's Cemetery of Berlin.
Full Military Honors will be performed after the services at the church.
Relatives and friends may visit with the family and pay their respects to Pete on Friday only March 21, 2014 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wiecki-Skipchak Funeral Home of downtown Berlin.
Immediately following the services at the church all are invited to the Berlin V.F.W. hall for a lunch and fellowship with the family.
A memorial has been established to the Wells-Krause V.F.W. Post 2925 of Berlin in his memory.
116 S. ADAMS AVE.
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John R Wiecki/Skipchak Funeral Home
116 S Adams Ave Berlin, WI 54923
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 17, 2014