Ronald “Ron” A. Grzeszkowiak
Ronald “Ron” A. Grzeszkowiak, 85, passed away peacefully at the Heritage in Middleton on Dec. 8, 2019 surrounded by his family. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman with Father Vijay officiating. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until the time of the mass. Pallbearers will be Ron’s grandchildren.
Ron was born on Dec.16, 1933 to Frank and Martha Grzeszkowiak in Chicago. He attended Saint Stanislaus and Saint Hyacinths schools and Weber High School. Ron volunteered for the Army serving from 1951-1953 as a paratrooper during the Korean War. He made 23 jumps. He worked as a photographer for Peter Pan studios. Ron eventually opened his own professional photography labs and services. He also started Buddies Pizza on Austin and Belmount in Chicago. Eventually he opened Professional Photo Graphic labs. One hour Photo Lab and began The Home Brew in St. Charles, Ill. After his wife passed away, he retired and moved to Sheldon, where he could fish to his heart’s content. He was active in York-Kolar American Legion Post No. 316 and was the twelfth district commander from 1999-2001. Ron created a Wall of Honor at the Sheldon Community Center from 2012-2016 with over 400 veteran’s pictures hanging on the wall.
In 1999, he met Jolanta Micke, the love of his life, at a polka dance and they were married in 2000. Ron was a hunter, fisherman (especially in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota) and was a member of the Miller Dam Lake Association, where he was an officer for many years. He was a master woodworker making beautiful furniture out of oak and taught many grandchildren the trade. In 2017 they moved to the Middleton/ Madison area. They belong to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Ron was at Heritage Senior Living/Memory Care.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Jolanta; children, Anita Floyd of Columbia, S.C., Karen (Ralph) Bormann and Julia (Jim) Grzeszkowiak-Batjes, all of St. Charles, Ill. and Mark (Kary) Grzeszkowiak of Schaumburg, Ill.; step-sons Tim (Sandy) Micke of Aniwa, and David (Michele) Micke of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren, Luke Bormann, Zach, Marisa, Brian and Samson Grzeszkowiak, Skylar Grzeszkowiak; step-grandchildren, Kestutis Micke, Samantha Micke and McKenna Micke, Lauren Micke; one greatgranddaughter, Riley Quinn Bormann; and his sister, Betty (Ron) Gonka of Sugar Grove, Ill.
Ron was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy; his parents, Frank and Martha Grzeszkowiak; and two brothers in infancy.
Plombon Funeral Service in Gilman is serving the family.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Ron’s name to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Miller Dam Lake Association in Gilman and the American Legion-York Kolar Post No. 316, Sheldon.
A special thank you to Agrace Hospice Care and the nurses and staff of Heritage Middleton for their extraordinary care. You were all so special to us.
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