Lt. Col. US Army, Hyacinth “Jack” Marciniak, retired, age 87, died Tuesday , October 25, 2016 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Jack was born on April 24, 1929 to the late Albert and Helen (Antoniewicz) Marciniak in the Town of Rolling.
On November 15, 1952 he was united in marriage to Betty Strasser at St. Hyacinth’s Catholic Church Rectory. Betty survives and resides in Wausau.
Jack attended Sunnyside Grade School, St. Hyacinth Catholic School, St. Bonaventure, and was a 1946 graduate of Antigo High School.
He went on to the Normal School and also UW Stevens Point, earning his degree in teaching. Jack taught in Bryant, at Calhoun Elementary in New Berlin, and at the Green Bay Correctional Center for 14 years.
Jack joined the Army National Guard at the age of 18. At the time of The Berlin Crisis, he was called to active duty with the 32nd Red Arrow Division and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. He remained on active duty for 18 years and was stationed at various bases, including two tours in Vietnam. He retired as Lieutenant Colonel from his military service 1976.
Following his retirement, Jack returned to the Antigo area and later resided in Wausau.
Jack was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Aniwa, where he served on the parish council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was devoted to the community, serving on the Langlade County Board and Chairman of the Town of Rolling. He was also a member of the DAV and the American Legion and the Retired Educators of Langlade County having also served as president.
Jack loved the outdoors, making maple syrup, planting trees, and deer hunting.
He also enjoyed traveling, including trips to Canada, Hawaii, and Poland.
Suriviors in addition to his wife include 2 daughters, Lori (Dan) Lavalle of Appleton, Victoria (Tom) Bellmore of Appleton; a son Michael (Jane) of Wausau; 5 grandchildren, Ryan (Anna) of Wausau, Paul of Wausau, Neil (Olivia) of Denver, CO, Jason Bellmore of Appleton, Garret Bellmore of Appleton; 6 great grandchildren, Elizabeth, Ean, Elexa, Michael, Nadia, Griffin Jack; 5 sisters, Josephine Rank of Antigo, Rose (Jim) Jansen of Kempster, Joan Pregler of Antigo, Mary (Ken) Rine of Bryant, Cindy (Rick) Hurlbert of Post Lake; 2 brothers, Albert (Eleanor) of Waukesha and Pat (Rose) of Antigo; a sister in law, Connie Marciniak of Wausau; 4 step-grandchildren, Brenda (Bill) Schumacher of Wausau, Dana (Greg) Scott of Oklahoma City, OK, Beau (Kristine) Bostwick of Lake Villa, IL, Geoff (Megan) Bostwick of Hatley; 7 step-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard, Valerian, and Francis; brothers-in-law, Jerry Pregler, Richard Keidle, Tony Rank; 2 sisters-in-law, Betty Marciniak and Norma Marciniak; and a nephew Gary Marciniak.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Mary & Hyacinth’s Catholic Church, with Msgr. Paul Koszerek officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM at Strasser-Roller Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Aniwa Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to Langlade County Retired Educators Association Scholarship Fund.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Applegate Terrace and Aspirus Wausau Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their loving care.