Wallace “Wally” J. Wasieleski, 87 of Stevens Point, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016.
Wally was the son of the late Nicholas Wasieleski and Francis Disher Wasieleski. He was born on June 1, 1929 in Cudahay, Wis. As a child, he moved with his parents to the Plover area. Wally married Dorothy Podolski on September 17, 1949 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Mill Creek, Wis.
After their marriage, they moved to Milwaukee where he worked at Briggs & Stratton for 13 years. Wally and Dorothy missed living in the country and decided to move their children back to the Stevens Point area.
Wally began his farming career by purchasing his first farm in the Mill Creek Area; it was in 1964 that Wally and Dorothy purchased Wally’s grandmother’s (Matilda “Tilly” Disher) homestead (est. 1917) where his love for farming continued for more than 52 years.
Wally, the son of a Polish immigrant, traveled numerous times with his wife Dorothy to visit his father’s family in Poland. He began traveling with the motor home in his early 60’s where he visited most of the United States, his favorite was Las Vegas, Nevada, especially when he won! But his love for Wisconsin could not compete as he enjoyed traveling to the Northwoods where he would fish for bluegills and hunted whitetail deer well into his early eighties.
Wally enjoyed listening to music, polka music was his passion. He was self-taught on the saxophone and trumpet. He played in numerous bands with his brothers, Leonard, Ervin, and Ernie and started a polka band with children in the late seventies. The most precious part of his life was his family and he valued every minute he could spend with them.
Wally was preceded in death by his wife; Dorothy, three sisters; Dorothy Mozuch, Gladys Glodowski and Leona Grasel, three brothers; Leonard, Ervin, Nicholas Jr, and his grandson Brandon Cieslewicz who was killed in an automobile accident in 2002.
Survivors include: one brother, Ernie, six children, David, Gary, Joyce (Tony) Karpinski, Arnie (Bev), Shari (Quintian) Cieslewicz, Cori (Randy) Studinski; seven granddaughters, Kristi, Alicia, Tara, Jennifer, Desiree, Breanna and Brittany; seven grandsons, Jason, Brad, Jeremy, Dan, Bob, Justin and Eric and 20 great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday November 30, 2016, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church, 3200 Plover Rd., Plover. Rev. Edward Shuttleworth will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in the parish cemetery.
Visitation on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until time of service at the church.
Pisarski Community Funeral Home of Plover is honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com