Carl F. Chmielewski, age 76, died peacefully surrounded by his family, Thursday, October 22, 2009, after a courageous fight with cancer. Carl was born in Milwaukee, WI, on February 7, 1933, son of the late Frank and Catherine (Nee: Sikora) Chmielewski.
Carl served in the United States Air Force with the 99th Bombardment Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, CA, the 9th A & E Maintenance Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He was employed at J.I. Case Company for over thirty years, retiring in 1991. Carl was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church. On June 22, 1957, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Botkins, Ohio, he was united in marriage to Shirley J. Krebs.
Carl had varied interests and was actively involved in many groups and organizations. He was an avid golfer with Racine and Fond du Lac golfing leagues and was a member of the hunting and fishing club, Fur Feather & Fin. Carl was a member and past president of Somers Snow Goers Snowmobile Club and was a past member of the Westridge Square Dance Club. Carl was a past president of the Big Liefs Bowling League, and was a retired member and past Union Steward of Local 180. He enjoyed the many trips with his friends on his motorcycle, playing cribbage, and watching “Dancing with the Stars” and “Mash.” Carl was very honest and outspoken in his beliefs and loved to tell jokes. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
Survivors include his ex-wife, Shirley and their children, Jeffrey (Kandie) Chmielewski of Racine, Cynthia Becker ( Bob Kniebuehler) of Madison, WI, Kristine (David) Ricchio of Racine, Peggy Naseman of Racine; his eight grandchildren, Angie (Rob) Stillman, Bridget Ricchio, Emily, Shelby, Kelly, and Lindsey Chmielewski, Cole and Carter Naseman; his great-grandson, Andrew Stillman. He was greatly anticipating the birth of his future great-grandchild. Carl is further survived by his brother, Gordy (Ellen) Chmielewski of Oshkosh, WI; brother-in-law, Tony Kusy III; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many good friends and golfing buddies. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Kusy; son-in-law, Master Sergeant Brian Naseman; and beloved dog, Coco.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, October 26, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Disabled American Veterans have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to CNA Martin Vuhilu for giving our Dad such special attention.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888