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January 27, 2021

4/13/2017 7:27:00 AM
Kenneth Edward Pazdernik

Kenneth Edward Pazdernik, age 98 1/2, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Grace Lodge Assisted Living facility. Kenneth was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Rhinelander, to Edward and Anna (nee Garvue) Pazdernik. He was united in marriage to Cecilia Heybl on Dec. 31, 1949. He attended school in Rhinelander and graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1936.

Kenneth's early adult life was a little mysterious but he did work in various capacities for Cleary's Dairy and always remarked that he learned a lot from Jim Cleary. He also had an affection for fast cars and felt that additional horsepower was a safety mechanism because it enabled him to pass other cars more quickly. He would usually cruise the countryside with his friend Oscar in search of the perfect Brandy Manhattan in his convertible affectionately known as "The Red Jenny".

Kenneth spent the majority of his working life at St. Regis Paper Company (aka "The Mill"). He was a good union man and a lifelong 1960's style Democrat who helped organize John Kennedy's campaign stop at The Labor Temple. After he retired from The Mill he dabbled in both the insurance business and in real estate. He was also actively involved in the community serving on the City Council, the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree member as well as volunteering at Nativity of Our Lord parish. Kenneth was also a life-long member of the United Commercial Travelers organization and was President of the Wisconsin chapter in 1984.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 64 years Cecilia in 2014, his brother Donald, sisters' June and Alice, daughter-in-law Jeanne (Wells) Pazdernik and firstborn twin son David. He is survived by his sister Ruth and his 10 children: Michael (Mary Lynn) Pazdernik of Rhinelander, Peggy (Lynn) Haker of Madison, Patrick (Mary Beth) Pazdernik of Jamestown, N.C., Kenneth (Pamela) Pazdernik of Ellsworth, Jayne Scott of Madison, Perry (Kelley) Pazdernik of Stevens Point, Gregory Pazdernik of Savage, Minn., Gary (Maria) Pazdernik of Ellsworth, Annette (Steven) Heimerl of Madison, and Jerry (Debbie) Pazdernik of Antioch, Ill.. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren: Andrew, Bryan, Rebecca (Mario), David, Thomas, Daniel, Michelle, Matthew (Kate), Kevin, Christopher, Justin (Megan), Anna, Emily (Devin), Nathan, Jesse (Sarah), Jacob (Theresa), Presley, Lia, Jose, Allison, Alex and Jennifer as well as 8 great-grandchildren: Adrien, Jager, Magdalene, Adrian, Crew, Brooks, Eloise and Zoe.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Kenneth's life and faith will be held at The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church 125 East King Street at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Father Randy Knauf will officiate. Visitation for Ken will be held from noon until just prior to the services on Tuesday at the Church. Interment will follow in the Northland Memorial Park Cemetery. You may leave your private condolences for the Pazdernik family at The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is handling the arrangements for the Pazdernik family.

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Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2020
Article comment by: Kimberly Paule

Thank you.

I love your family.

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