Clarence J. Palubicki, age 81, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home, Union Grove, WI. Clarence was born in Perham, Minnesota, April 3, 1928, son of the late Clements and Martha (Nee: Stiegel) Palubicki.
Clarence was a graduate of Perham High School where he lettered in football and track and was also a Golden Gloves boxer. During World War II Clarence proudly served in the United States Navy as a Fireman First Class (F-1) on the USS Frontier and the USS Prairie Destroyers; he was discharged April 2, 1948. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal. On September 1, 1956, at St. Rose Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Kovach. After the war he was employed by the City of Racine Parks Department for thirty-five years, retiring in 1988.
Following retirement he and Betty moved back to his hometown of Perham, MN, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, landscaping, cards and was an avid Vikings and Packers fan. He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. Above all he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who treasured time spent with his family. He will be deeply missed.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou; his five children, Daniel Palubicki, Diane Matter, Donna (Scott) Hooten, Debra Palubicki, David Palubicki, all of Racine; fourteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister and brother, Margaret Kramer of Perham, MN, Raymond (Kay) Dulski of Minneapolis, MN; sisters-in-law, Delas Palubicki of Perham, MN, Margaret Kovach and Virginia Kovach, both of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his two brothers and sister-in-law, Arthur Palubicki, Jerome (Mary Ann) Palubicki; and brother-in-law, Leonard Kramer.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Joseph G. Stobba OSA officiating. Interment with full military honors will be held at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Perham, MN. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the family have been suggested.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888