Harry R. (1917 - 2007)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Badzinski, Kubera, Komanec, Kodl, Nieuwenhulis, Ebben, Krych
----Sources: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) December 12, 2007
Badzinski, Harry R. (September 5, 1917 - December 10, 2007) Flag
Harry R. Badzinski, age 90, of Thorp, passed away at Oakbrook Health & Rehab in Thorp on Monday, December 10, 2007. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14, 2007, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church, in Thorp, with Fr. Keith Apfelbeck officiating. Burial will take place in new St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.
Harry R. Badzinski was born on September 5, 1917 in the Township of Reseburg, Clark County, WI to Walter and Myrtle (Kubera) Badzinski. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Goff School, Gilman High School and Boyd High School. He enlisted in the C.C.C. camps and served for 1 ½ years. After serving in the Civilian Corps, Harry worked for R.E.A. setting up high line poles. Later, while driving a milk route in Gilman, he met the love of his life, Margaret Komanec. In 1940, Harry went to Chicago to seek employment. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in February of 1941. Harry served overseas in Africa, Italy and France. He was honorably discharged on June 4, 1945. Harry was united in marriage to Margaret on July 18, 1945 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. He worked as a carpenter for many years before forming North Central Construction Company with Pete Smoczyk. He retired in 1980. Harry was an avid sportsman and greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and traveling. In March of 2001, Harry and Margaret moved into Morgan Plaza and resided there until the present.
He was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society; a member of the American Legion since 1945; a member of the Thorp Sportsmen’s Club for many years; and a member of the Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council #4634.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 62 years, Margaret of Thorp; four children: Magdalen (Richard) Kodl of Thorp, William (Mary) Badzinski of Stanley, Virginia "Ginger" (Daniel) Nieuwenhulis of Mosinee, and Christine "Tina" (Gary) Ebben of Sun Prairie; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Valentina (Edmund) Krych of Richfield, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Benedict; six brothers and four sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to the Thorp Catholic School.
Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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