Lester G. Nowacki, 86, Athens, died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill.
He was born Dec. 23, 1932, in Athens, son of the late Frank and Alma (Boneske) Nowacki. On July 18, 1953, he married Delores Heldt in Athens. She preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 2014.
Lester was a life-long dairy farmer in the town of Bern. Some of his favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting, traveling and playing cards, especially Sheepshead and Cribbage. He also enjoyed mixing cookie batter, butchering, sausage making and spending time with his family. Lester will forever be remembered for his ability to strike up a conversation with almost anyone and always making them laugh with a joke or witty comment.
Lester proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War.
Survivors include his children: Barbara (Michael) Horne, Mosinee, Roger (Laura) Nowacki, Athens, Donna (Harvey) Blaubach, Wausau, David (Cindy) Nowacki, Athens, Kathy Schreiner (Jeff), Medford, Jim Nowacki, Athens, Diane (Duane) Blaubach, Athens, Karen (Mark) Golding, Merrill, and Robert (Buffy) Nowacki, Athens; 28 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Lester is further survived by his two brothers: Andy Boneski, Germantown, and Bernard (Bernice) Nowacki, Medford; as well as his one niece.
Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter, Stephanie; and his sister-in-law, Betty Boneski.
A funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens. The Rev. Mark Schwalenberg presided. Burial was in the Athens Lutheran Cemetery where full military honors was conducted by the Athens American Legion. Visitation was held on Sunday from 11 a.m. until the time of service, all at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or School. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital of Weston, Aspirus Hospice and Comfort Care of Wausau, and Woodland Court Elder Services of Merrill for their outstanding care and compassion they all shared with Lester during his stay with them.