Final Alarm – Memorials

IAFF LODDThis section of the Web site is dedicated to announce, honor and memorialize our members past and present that have died.

In Memory of Retired Captain Paul Mattlin

LODD: April 22, 2023

Paul David Mattlin, 51, of Whiting, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving family while under the care of Aspirus Home Care Hospice.

Paul entered this world on April 10, 1972, in Appleton, Wisconsin, the son of William and Judith (Tews) Mattlin of Whiting. Paul began his life of service to the Stevens Point community even before graduating from SPASH in 1990. At the age of 16, Paul decided to make a childhood fantasy come true when he started volunteering with the Whiting Fire Department before transitioning to a paid on-call position when he turned 18. 

While serving as a firefighter, Paul also worked for several local businesses such as Krueger Office Products, Emmons Napp, and First Financial Bank.  In May of 2000 he graduated from Mid-State Technical College with an Advanced Intensive Care Paramedic Degree. He used his education to begin working at Saint Michael’s Hospital in the Emergency Department as a Paramedic. Paul then joined the Portage County Coroner’s Office in 2004, ultimately obtaining the rank of Chief Deputy Coroner in 2014. 

These opportunities led him to his dream job as a firefighter/paramedic with the Stevens Point Fire Department starting in 2002. Over the 20 years Paul spent with the Department, he led by example. He was a hard worker, proud to serve the public, but always while having fun doing it. Paul’s sense of humor kept his crew coming back to work to a light-hearted atmosphere, yet always ready for any emergency.  In January of 2017, Paul was promoted to the rank of Captain, routinely providing his crew with a steady supply of both dedication and humor, as well as meals from Pauly’s Cookbook. Even after his retirement in August of 2022, Paul continued to leave his mark as a brother in the Stevens Point Fire Department. 

Paul married the love of his life, Wendy Fullerton, on October 9, 2004, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Over the 18 years they were married, Wendy was Paul’s rock. She supported him in his career goals and kept him on a straight and narrow path in his daily tasks, which was no small feat. When everyone else was laughing and joking about what Paul said or did, Wendy knew just how to bring him back in line, with a quick, “Paul David.” Right about then, the rest of group knew Paul should have already left for home.

Paul and Wendy were blessed with two sons, Brady and Carson. From the moment they arrived, this high energy duo kept their parents on their toes. Through ER visits, scrapes, and bruises, Paul navigated fatherhood with the same light-heartedness and dedication he brought to every other part of his life. Some of his favorite moments were spent with his family camping in Eagle River, fishing, hunting, boating, and vacationing. He loved being a family man.

Paul’s hobbies always kept him moving. He enjoyed annual fishing trips with the guys, motorcycle rides with Wendy, home brewing concoctions in the garage, and golfing. These activities gave him the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. In addition to his hobbies, Paul also had many side projects including his work with his friend Todd at Check Masonry. Paul’s love of life was evident not only in his career, but also in the way he spent his free time, and the people he chose to spend it with.

His friends adored him for his sense of humor, and his willingness to help anyone out, no matter what. Whether it was a day on the boat, a back yard fire, a dip in the pool, or an evening on the town, Paul was their go-to companion. You could never be in a bad mood if Paul was along, with his infectious laugh, easy demeanor, and outrageous stories. Everyone loved him.

Paul is survived by his wife Wendy, their two sons Brady and Carson, his parents William and Judith Mattlin of Whiting, one brother Greg Mattlin of Madison, mother-in-law Pam (Lynn) Fullerton of Keshena, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends, as well as his brothers and sisters at the SPFD. 

Paul was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his father-in-law. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 28th at Oso’s Brewing in Plover, Wisconsin. A social hour will run from 3-4 p.m. with a Firefighter’s Service to start at 4 p.m. A reception will follow from 5-7 p.m.  

The family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. H. Ahuja, Dr. C. Peterson, and the wonderful staff at Aspirus Cancer Center in Wausau. The family would also like to thank his amazing care team at Aspirus Home Care Hospice, including Rosalie, Wyatt, Spencer, Shawn, and Jason. You are all appreciated more than you will ever know. Thank you!!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stevens Point Firefighters Charitable Foundation. For more information see / or Contact Jason Pettis at [email protected]  or (715) 579-0647.

Pisarski Funeral Homes are honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit

In Memory of Retired Captain Orville (Scott) Halverson

Orville Scott Halverson passed away at the Marshfield Medical Center, on the morning of April 8, 2024, at the age of 77.

Many knew him as Orv, The Big O, Salty, Scotty, or Orville (we think only by his hunting buddy, Mike Disher).

He was born September 17, 1946, in Hancock, Wis. to Eleanor M. (née Lane) Halverson-Fredrick and Orville E. Halverson. Scott had three sisters: Connie,(Krakow) Judi (Holder), and Sally (Worzalla).

In his younger years, he loved spending time at his grandfather’s (Dr. E.L.Lane) cottage on Fish Lake where he played, fished, and enjoyed the summers with all of his family members, his good friend Johnny Holder, lots of buddies, and, the closest thing to a brother, his first cousin, Steve Wandrey.

Scott loved cars and horsepower, which was a love and interest he found early and stayed with him through his entire life. He picked pickles (cucumbers for those of you who must) for about 50 cents or so, he says, and loved the Lonar Roller Rink on Old Hwy 51 just north of Hancock.

One of his favorite memories when he was younger was driving with his dad, who he lost at 18, to Two Lakes for a pizza, which they would bring back to Hancock.

He attended grade school in Hancock and attended Tri-County High School and was proud to be a Penguin (which he said with enthusiasm and sarcasm simultaneously). He graduated in 1965 and held various jobs until he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army and enlisted February 14, 1966.

He was activated, attended basic training in Texas, and was sent to Vietnam, where he served in combat with the 633rd CC&S Company in Cam Ranh Bay, until he was honorably discharged, later in 1968. Scott was always very sensitive to the cause of Vietnam Veterans who were not welcomed home and treated with the respect they so deserved and earned.

After Vietnam, Scott was employed in Janesville at GM, spent time at the Belvidere assembly, and in 1969 was hired by the Wisconsin DNR Fire Control for fighting forest/wildland fires throughout Central and Northern Wisconsin, where we are told he also dressed up like Smokey (The) Bear, at various parades and events to promote fire safety. Scott was also a heavy equipment operator for the DNR.

During that time, he could also be found at The Outer Limits, Poor Henry’s, The Brat Barn, and other various locations in the 1970s like Mr. Lucky’s, where he could put on quite a show on the disco dance floor.

Scott was hired by the Stevens Point Fire Department in 1973 where he served until the year 2000 reaching the rank of company officer/captain. Scott fought many fires like the Northside IGA fire and the Top Hat Bar fire, where he found and kept a shot glass in his helmet for years up until the last day when he retired, when it fell and broke (John and Marie forgave him for the theft!!). He loved serving on the ambulance with Fuzzy, Geno, George, Dorny, and too many more to name.

He especially loved his time on the department with his good friend Jay Gordon, and, of course, razzing any new rookie who would come on the department, like future Chief Tracy Kujawa and future Lt. Ron Heibler, who would later save his life and extend his time with family just three weeks ago.

The fire service was truly at the core of who Orv was: FDNY 911 was his license plate in honor of so many in the fire service that died in the line of duty that day.

Scott enjoyed racing more than any other pastime, watching the Packers and college basketball being a close second. He loved racing with his good friend Fluff Furo and driving the car hauler and being on the pit crew for Dick Trickle and running the ambulance at Golden Sands Speedway throughout the 1970s and early ’80s.

Scott was also an avid snowmobiler and Ski-Doo fan. He raced at Eagle River in the 1970s with his Ski-Doo Blizzard, the same sled he so proudly pointed out, was the sled that his son at age 6 or 7 took up to about 70-80 mph on Oneida Lake. Anything that had horsepower, torque and speed was exactly right up his alley.

Scott would also so often reminisce about the great times (and Manhattans) he had deer hunting with the Disher boys up in Glidden, and the times he and Kim spent with Tammy and Rich at Badger Games. Scott was especially touched by being able to be on The Never Forgotten Honor Flight in 2018 and visit the Vietnam Memorial.

On October 26, 1974, Scott married Kim M. Kraft at St. Peter’s Church and called Stevens Point home ever since then.

They enjoyed their time together through camping trips with friends, packer games, dart leagues, bowling leagues, traveling, spending time up north, and serving together in so many organizations. Kim and Scott enjoyed numerous firefighter conventions and countless campfires together and most importantly, their grandchildren Alex, Mason, and Elise. Just last year they were able to fulfill a life-long dream of being able to see and experience Alaska on a cruise.

NASCAR, The Green Bay Packers, horsepower, Old Thompson’s, deer hunting, and patriotism, really define who The Big O was. Scotty was a lifetime member of AMVETS Post 1051 where he served multiple tours as Commander, Stevens Point American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and most proudly, Plover VFW Post 10262 where he also served as Commander and for years on the Honor Guard and Rifle Squad. Scott was also a member of the Stevens Point Elks Lodge BPOE #641.

He so loved watching his grandkids play football, basketball, or run track. He especially loved bringing donuts in the morning for his granddaughter Elise, his little “Tootie Frootie” on the mornings he would come and sit with her before school, then insist on driving her the the blocks to school.

Orv, The Salty Dog, will be missed by so many. His unwavering humor, harsh tongue, and honesty will be tough to match for anyone…and the shine on his vehicle will be hard to replace.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years Kim Halverson; son, Andrew (Shana) Halverson; three grandchildren, Alex, Mason, and Elise Halverson; his sister, Sally (née Halverson) Worzalla and nieces, Tamara Holmes (Rich Sweet), Loni Holder, Lori Holder Moore, and Janelle Holmes-Lane; and nephew Barkley Holder.

He was preceded in death by his mother Eleanor, father Orville (Ole), sisters Connie and Judi, and nephew Scott.

Visitation will be held at Boston Funeral Home on Friday, April 12, from 4-7 p.m. with a Fire Department Honor Guard, followed by a visitation from 10-11 a.m. at Boston Funeral Home on Saturday, April 13, with a VFW ritual at 11 a.m. Memorial Services will follow at 11:15 led by his niece, Rev. Leiloni Holder, with procession and burial following at Guardian Angel Cemetery with military and fire department honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family would gratefully accept donations in Scott’s honor, to be donated at a later date for patriotic scholarships, VFW support, and Stevens Point Fire Department initiatives. Donations can be sent to the Boston Funeral Home, 1649 Briggs St., Stevens Point, Wis., 54481.

In Memory of Retired Fire Chief Peter Ugorek 

April 12, 1948  –  April 19, 2023

Peter Ugorek, of Stevens Point, formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away April 19, 2023 at the Wellington Place in Stevens Point, at the age of 75.

A funeral service for Peter will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 24, 2023 at Shuda Funeral Home – 3200 Stanley Street, Stevens Point. Friends and family are invited to gather and share memories at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. A private burial will take place at a later time at Guardian Angel Cemetery in Stevens Point.

Peter was born April 12, 1948 in Chicago, IL; son of Leonard and Bernice (Moscinski) Ugorek. As a young boy, Peter grew up in the Chicago area, graduating from Lane Tech College Prep High School.

Following high school, Peter moved to Stevens Point in pursuit of his dream; to be a firefighter. Although he had a small hiatus, while bravely serving his country in the Vietnam War, he ultimately achieved his dream through hard work and dedication. In 1984, he proudly began serving the Stevens Point community as the Fire Chief of the Stevens Point Fire Department, and did so for 16 years.

Peter also had a fascination with model railroading. He was an active member of the Waupaca Model Railroader’s Club and had a collection of his own. Peter is remembered as a passionate man who worked tirelessly to provide for his family.

Peter is survived by his nephew, Michael (Emily) Ugorek of Chicago, IL.

Peter was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Bernice; his wife, Elizabeth; his brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Diane Ugorek; and his sister and brother-in-law, Anne Ugorek and Mark Cloherty.

For those wishing to express their sympathy, in lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests donations be made in Peter’s name to the Waupaca Model Railroader’s Club (WAMR). Donations can be mailed to: Dennis Cook; C/O WAMR; 10506 Berberg Road; Amherst, WI 54406.

In Memory of Retired Captain Ronald Kieliszewski

June 14, 1943 – November 02, 2022

Ronald A. Kieliszewski,  79 years young, of Stevens Point, died Wednesday Nov. 2, 2022 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

He is the son of the late Roman and Leona (Smith) Kieliszewski.

Ronald attended St. Stephen Elementary, Pacelli and P.J. Jacobs High School.

He entered the U.S. Marine Corps on January 24, 1963 where he served in Vietnam as a Radio Operator.  He was honorably discharged April 14, 1966.

His marriage to Mary Groshek took place on August 27, 1966 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stevens Point, raising two children, a daughter Pam (Paul) Blount and a son Todd (Rita) Kieliszewski.

Ronald retired from the Stevens Point Fire Dept. as Captain in July 1996.

Throughout his life serving as a member of the Marine Corp League, Amvets, and the Moose Family Center.  He was also active with Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Name Society and the Boy Scouts for many years.

He was Preceded in death by his wife Mary, daughter Pam Blount, two brothers and one sister.

In Lieu of flowers a donation to any Humane Society would be appreciated.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday Nov. 10, 2022 at the Pisarski Funeral Home at 703 Second St. in Stevens Point.  Deacon Ray Heitzinger will officiate.  Burial with full military honors will take place in the Guardian Angel Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of services Thursday Morning at the funeral home. Pisarski Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.

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In Memory of Retired Captain Robert Trzebiatowski

Robert Frank Trzebiatowski, 78, of Stevens Point, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Bob was born in Amherst to the late Frank and Genevieve (Konkol) Trzebiatowski. He graduated from Amherst High School in 1958. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1959 to 1963. After being honorably discharged, he went to work for Fisher’s Dairy, where he met Sandy Nowak. They were married October 8, 1966.

Bob worked for the Stevens Point Fire Department until he retired as a Lieutenant after 25 years of service. After retirement, Bob worked for several other businesses, including Koch Oil and Freda’s Meat Market. He also worked with his friends Sonny and Fritz at Gollon’s Bait, then went on to work at Gollon Brothers.

Bob enjoyed watching Wisconsin sports teams on TV, crosswords, playing cards, reading any newspaper he could find, bowling, hunting, fishing and talking. Given the chance, he’d talk your ear off on current events and stories from “back in the day”.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sandy; and children, Lori, Brian, Lisa (Ron) Peskie and Kristin (Scott Knapp) Trzebiatowski. His grandchildren: Alyssa and Ryan Peskie and Kayden Knapp will miss their “Oh-No”. Bob is further survived by his brother, Al (Gayle); and sisters, Carol (Bob) Lea and Juanita (Lindy) Nott; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Good Samaritan who helped Bob at the bus stop by Copp’s East, the nurses and staff at the Atrium, the Oncology department at Ascension St. Michael’s and Ascension Hospice Care.

Per Bob’s wishes, no services will be held.

The Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

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In Memory of Retired Captian Dale D. Tuszke

Stevens Point – Dale D. Tuszke, age 91, of Stevens Point, passed away on March 12, 2019 at the Portage County Health Care Center.

Dale was born on May 30, 1927 to the late Steve & Johanna (Filtz) Tuszka. He attended the local grade school and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1945.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marines on March 12, 1945. Dale was stationed in Japan and China during his time of service. He was honorably discharged on March 11, 1949.

Dale married Geraldine Springer on April 19, 1958 at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Stevens Point, WI. They were happily married for 60 years.

He worked for the Stevens Point Fire Department for 32 years and retired as a captain.

Dale will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman especially archery with a passion in trout fly fishing. He also had a great love for dogs. Following retirement, he panned for Gold in Alaska for 3 months. He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post 6 and Firefighters Local 484.

He is survived by wife, Gay of Stevens Point; daughter, Gail (Rick) Hamm of Stevens Point; sons, Chris (Kelly) Tuszke of Iola, WI and Douglas (Dana) Tuszke of Plover; grandchildren, Britteny, Dawson, Owen, and Gannon. He is further survived by brother, Stephen (Loretta) Tuszka of Stevens Point & sister-in-law, Nancy Tuszka of Stevens Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve & Johanna Tuszka and brother, Rhody.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019 at St. Peter Catholic Church with Rev. Arul Joseph Visuvasam presiding. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church in the St. Faustina room. Burial will take place in Guardian Angel Cemetery with full military honors.

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In Memory of Retired Captain Ernie Schultz

On Friday afternoon, November 23, 2018 a very brave and strong man loved by his family, said some silent prayers, blessed himself as his soul was called to heaven by the lord. His wife and his children were present as well.

Ernie was born August 15, 1941 to Helen Karch and David Schultz Sr. in the Town of Dewey.

Ernie went to St. Peters Grade School and graduated from Pacelli High School in 1959.

The family, as devout Catholics, prayed the rosary every night. As a child Ernie had polio which he overcame by exercising. As a young boy he walked to deliver papers until he could afford a used bicycle, so he could ride to deliver papers. He also washed windows at the Stevens Store downtown, and worked for Gollon’s Bait shop catching minnows.

After high school, Ernie went to Milwaukee and had a job hanging from a swing stage doing tuck pointing on very high building and churches. “Quiet” Ernie dated “Chatter Box” Carol Starry, until the couple married September 21, 1963 at St. Peters Catholic Church. After their marriage the couple settled in Stevens Point, His wife Carol survives.

Ernie owned and operated his own masonry business as well as a restaurant for a number of years. He joined the Stevens Point Fire Department in 1964, serving the Stevens Point Community for 31 years retiring in 1995 as a Captain. In his retirement he enjoyed the outdoors in hunting deer, ducks and geese. He loved doing crossword puzzles, working in his yard and walking for exercise. He also enjoyed Sunday pontoon boat rides with food and beverages included, and watching Jeopardy each day was a must. He also enjoyed the comradery of working with his brothers, father and his son Jeff in construction.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Ernie’s name to the Ministry Home Care Hospice Program would be appreciated.

Ernie is survived by his wife Carol, his three children; Lori Fisher (Lee Pliska), Jeff (Ann) Schultz and Becky (Todd) Okray, and his three grandchildren Megan Schultz and Alyssa and Lindsey Fisher. Further survived by his three brothers Dave Jr. (Darlene) Schultz of Stevens Point, Paul (Pat) Schultz of Spotsylvania, VA and Chet (Cheryl) Schultz of Wisconsin Rapids, and two sisters Ruthann (Terry) Nelson of Poynette and Alice (Jeff) Johnson of Junction City. Two sisters-in-law, Fay Schultz and Barb Schultz both of Stevens Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brother’s Vic and Joe Schultz, his father and mother-in-law Vern and Jean Starry, two brothers-in-law, Ken Starry and Art Starry.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M Friday, November 30, 2018 at St. Peters Catholic Church. Rev. Donald Przybylski officiating. Burial will follow in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. Friday morning at the Faustina Room of St. Peters Church until the time for mass.

The Pisarski Funeral Home of Stevens Point is honored to be serving the family.

In Memory of Retired Captain Michael R. Spencer

Michael R. Spencer, age 69, of Plover, died July 24, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mike was born September 1, 1947 in Antigo, WI to Clarence & Shirley (Drake) Spencer. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1965. He attended one of the first EMT training programs in the Nation in 1974. Mike earned an Associate’s Degree in Paramedics in 1998.

Mike married Colleen (Mayer) on October 5, 1985 in Door County.

Mike started out working as an orderly at St. Michael’s Hospital in the Emergency Room. He was then employed by the Stevens Point Fire Department, starting out as an EMT, primarily ran ambulance; was promoted to Lieutenant then Captain and retired in 2004. He served as Chief Deputy Coroner from 1981 until 2002. He was also on the committee to establish the Stockton Fire Department and was Chief of the Stockton Fire Department from 2005 until 2015. He was an EMS Instructor at Mid-State Technical College.

Mike was an amazing father and the most caring person you could ever meet. He would put others needs in front of his own. In his free time, he enjoyed anything that had to do with the outdoors, such as golfing, his hunting trips to South Dakota, and his fishing trips to The Boundary Waters in Ontario, Canada. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, and adored his Labrador Retrievers. In recent years, Papa Mike loved spending time with his little buddy, Lukie. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited.

He is survived by wife, Colleen of Plover; sons, Jordan of Plover and Jeremy (Brittany) of Stevens Point; mother, Shirley Spencer of Plover; and sisters, Lynn (Bill) Stanton of Unity and Leslie (Carl) Schramm of Waupaca.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence.

A Time of Remembrance and Sharing of Memories will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Boston Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be held during the visitation at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. David E. Ficken presiding.

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In Memory of Retired Captain John Hudy, Jr.

Age 83, of Stevens Point, died peacefully on Monday January 2, 2017, with his loving wife of 61 years, daughter and grandson by his side. John was born on June 8, 1933, in Stevens Point. He was the son of the late John and Martha (Pionek) Hudy Sr. He attended St. Peters grade school and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1952.

His marriage to Elsie Yach took place on September 10, 1955, whom he had met at Weltman’s Grocery Store.

John worked at Vetters until 1963 when he accepted a job at the Stevens Point Fire Department. He became a driver on January 1, 1968, a Lieutenant May 1, 1975, and a Captain February 17, 1978. He retired as a Captain on March 2, 1989.

He enjoyed all sports but especially liked watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.

Survivors include his wife Elsie, daughter, Nancy (Scott Kramer) and grandson; Kyle Krutza, brother; Richard (Margaret) Hudy, Sister-in-law; Marie (James) Garbrecht, brother-in-law; Lawrence Yach, nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Leonard Hudy, sister & brother in laws, Evelyn Lopotko, Clara (Edward) Hintz, Grace (Stanley) Basinski, and Steve (Luella) Yach, Frances (Ernest) Slusarski & godson Mark Hudy.

John’s family would like to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Hospital & Emergency room, St. Clares Hospital, Ministry Hospice and the Stevens Point Paramedics for all of their care and support they provided.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday January 5, 2017, at the Pisarski Funeral Home 703 Second Street Stevens Point. Deacon Vern Linzmeier will officiate. Burial will follow in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Visitation on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Pisarski Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit

John’s family would like to thank the staff at St. Michael’s Hospital & Emergency room, St. Clares Hospital, Ministry Hospice and the Stevens Point Paramedics for all of their care and support they provided.

Published in Stevens Point Journal on Jan. 4, 2017– See more at:

In Memory of Retired Engineer Vic Schultz


Victor “Vic” J. (John) Schultz

Of Stevens Point died Tuesday evening March 15, 2016 at his home with his family at his side while under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.

Age 76 Vic was born February 11, 1940 in the Town of Dewey. He was the son of the late David and Helen (Karch) Schultz. He attended local schools. He served in the Army National Guard of Wisconsin and was ordered to active duty in Fort Lewis, WA. He served with the Battery B 120th Artillery 32nd Infantry Division under the Headquarter Sixth U.S. Army.

His marriage to Phyllis “Fay” Golla took place on November 3, 1962 at St. Peters Catholic Church. After their marriage the couple settled in Stevens Point. His wife Faye survives.

His first job was with Home Furnishing before he became a Firefighter for the Stevens Point Fire Department for over 25 years retiring in 1997. He also did construction work for a number of years with local builders. In his retirement he served as a Bailiff for the Courthouse. He was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) Post 185 of Polonia and the Moose Lodge #1572 of Stevens Point where he was honored with the Pilgrim Degree and also served three terms as Govenor for the Lodge.

In lieu of flowers memorials in his name to the St. Peters Church window project or to Ministry Home Care Hospice of Stevens Point.

Vic is survived by his wife Fay, his three daughters; Lee (Dave) Petersen and Amy (John) Rechner both of Stevens Point and Kay Blair of McFarland, WI.

His 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild and one step great grandchild.

Further survived by four brothers; Ernie (Carol) Schultz, Dave Jr. (Darlene) Schultz both of Stevens Point and Paul (Pat) Schultz of Spotsylvania, VA. and Chet (Cheryl) Schultz of Wisconsin Rapids and two sisters Ruthann (Terry) Nelson of Poynette, WI and Alice (Jeff) Johnson of Junction City, and a sister in law Barbara Schultz of Stevens Point.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Mary Chris and one brother Joe.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 A.M. Monday March 21, 2016 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at Guardian Angel Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 9:00 A.M. Monday at the St. Faustina room of St. Peters Church until the time for mass. There will be a Moose Lodge Ritual at 10:00 A.M. The Pisarski Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Published in Stevens Point Journal from Mar. 17 to Mar. 20, 2016- See more at:

In Memory of Retired Firefighter Art Ceplina

Arthur R. Ceplina age 72, of Plover passed away Friday November 7, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital in Marshfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Arthur will be held at 10:30 AM on on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover. Rev. Clayton Elmhurst will officiate. Friends and family will gather to share memories from 9:30 – 10:15 AM on Tuesday at the church. Shuda – Plover funeral home is assisting the family.

Arthur was born March 20, 1942 in Chicago, the son of Frank and Alvina (Fox) Ceplina. As a child the family moved to the town of Sharon where they ran the family farm. Arthur graduated from Pacelli High School in 1959. He served his country for two years in the National Guard, before his marriage to Barbara Pittsley on June 27, 1963 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. The couple settled in Stevens Point before moving to a house built by Arthur in the Town of Dewey. Arthur built another home in Plover 7 years later and the family moved there in 1977, and have resided there since. Arthur worked as firefighter with the Stevens Point Fire Department for 27 years, retiring in 1994. He also operated a property development business before and after his retirement. Arthur loved hunting, especially deer hunting, and golfing. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge and Moose Club of Stevens Point.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Barbara, and their three children: Bonnie Ceplina, Plover; Holly Schmidt, Stevens Point; John (Cindy) Ceplina, Menomonee Falls. 5 grandchildren: Alyxandra, Eden, Emily, Rylie, and Jack. 2 brothers: Jerry (Diane) Ceplina, Merrill and Dennis (Chris) Ceplina, Dewey. He was preceded in death by his parents, their daughter Peggy, and his sister Audrey Peters.

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In Memory of Retired Deputy Chief Ronald Kulick

Ronald I. Kulick, 74, of Stevens Point, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 15, 2013, at home while under the care of his family and Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services.

He was born on April 4, 1939, in Stevens Point, to the late Chester and Irma (Fitzmorris) Kulich and was a 1957 graduate of P.J. Jacobs High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy from July 9, 1957, to July 7, 1961, as a personnel clerk, having earned the Good Conduct Medal. His honorable discharge, at the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class, took place at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California.

On May 28, 1960, Ron was married to Josephine Gonzales at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, while he was in the service. The couple later settled in Stevens Point.

Ron served 32 years on the city of Stevens Point Fire Department, retiring as Deputy Chief.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine of Stevens Point; son, Steve (Jodi) of Ripon; daughter, Julie (John) Grogan of McFarland; son, Bob (Bridget) of DePere; daughter, Lisa Kulick of Madison; son, Pete (Michaele) of Bellevue; grandchildren, Max, Barney, Meg, Lynn, Jake, Ross, Emmett, Katie and Emily; and sisters, Lucille Beadle, Carol (Dick) Scipior, Marie Hopp and Cheryl (Dan) Kluck.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Ronald’s name to either Ministry Hospice or the Oncology Dept. at St. Michael’s Hospital.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point with the Rev. Arul Joseph V. officiating. Full Military Honors will follow the Mass at church. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery. Visitation will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time for Mass.

Pisarski Funeral Homes & Cremation Center of Stevens Point and Plover are assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit