Joseph C. Pawlak

Date of Death: Mar 18, 2016
Joseph C. Pawlak


Joseph C. Pawlak, 87, of Waupun, died Friday, March 18, 2016 at The Christian Home and Rehabilitation Center in Waupun.

Joe was born was born February 23, 1929 in Evanston, IL the son of Stanley and Antoinette Cgecharowska Pawlak. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served in the Korean War. On September 29, 1957 he married Alice Hottenstein in Evanston. Following their marriage they resided in Evanston for six years and then moved to Des Plaines, IL until the early 1990’s. Joe worked for the Pipefitters Union, and worked for various industrial construction companies. He retired and the couple moved to Platteville for six years, and then moved to the Waupun area. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Fox Lake. Joe was an avid gardener and enjoyed his house in the woods.

Joseph is survived by three children: Jeffrey (Nancy) Pawlak of Grays Lake, IL, William (Sylvia) Pawlak of Rolling Meadows, IL, and Diana (Mark) Skare of Beaver Dam, WI; grandchildren: Cathy, Chrisy, Joseph, and Jennifer Pawlak, Steve and Brian Pawlak, Mariana and Dana Skare, and Brent, Bridget, and Kelsey Skare; and a brother, Walter “Lefty” Pawlak of Mobile, AL.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Pawlak; a sister, Stella Patrzykont; and a sister-in-law, Anita Pawlak.

Private Service

Private funeral services for Joe Pawlak will be held at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun with Fr. Mike Wild officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun with American Legion Post 210 providing military honors.



  1. James Volkman Says: March 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I served on the same ship as Joe, namely USS Massey DD778. I visited back and forth with Joe and Alice since I found out we only lived 10 miles apart. I will let the ships association know of his passing. You have my sympathies.

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