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Melvin George Sovinski

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Sovinski, Melvin George

Melvin George Sovinski

May 27, 1926- July 6, 2014

Never without an appointment notebook in his breast pocket and a carpenter's ruler in his pant pocket, Melvin, was a man who fulfilled many roles in his 88 years. He was first a son and brother; then a student attending 13 elementary schools before finalizing his days at Suring High School. He served in Korea before working for Milwaukee Foundry and then became a union carpenter. Other jobs included being a mechanic at the Suring Coop, postal worker at the Suring Post Office, and sales representative for Farmers Insurance until his retirement in 1997. Melvin was active in Ducks Unlimited, the VFW, Suring Volunteer Fire Department and especially his faith. He was an active member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and later St. John Lutheran Church in Townsend. He served on a number of insurance, church and local business boards.

Melvin loved a good hat. He always sported a fedora when they were in style and in recent years his go to hat was a baseball hat monogrammed with Ducks Unlimited. But, in between many unsightly hats were just for fishing. An avid fisherman, always angling, when his health allowed, he enjoyed fishing for the big ones and the thrill of the pan fish frenzy at spawn time.

Family always was of the most importance. Melvin married Mae Schmidt in 1949 and was father to Julie (Terry) Feltz of Hatley, WI, Wayne (Mary Lou) Sovinski of Hartford, WI and Candace Sovinski of Madison. He was the proud grandfather of Kelly Osinga Feltz , Mitchell Feltz , Greg Sovinski and Brad Sovinski. Mel also enjoyed three great grandchildren Bella Osinga, Sophia Osinga and Alyce Feltz.

He was preceeded in death by his parents Max and Ella Sovinski as well as all of his siblings, Harvey, Ruth, Julius, Doris and Jerry. Mae, his wife of 57 years passed away in 2006.

Visitation will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Townsend on Friday, July 11, 2014 from 10 AM until the funeral service at 11:30 AM with Pastor Stephen Mueller officiating. Melvin will be laid to rest in Mount Olive Lutheran Cemetery in Suring. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is in charge of arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established at St. John Lutheran Church.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 9, 2014
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