NIAGARA, Wisconsin – George D. Witkoswki, 80, of Niagara, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022 at the ProMedica Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.
He was born on August 19, 1941 in Milwaukee to the late George R. and Caroline (Mraz) Witkowski. George’s father died when he was young, so for many years George helped his mother run the Lilly Lake Resort in Dunbar, Wisconsin, and later Caroline’s Tavern in Pembine, Wisconsin.
He graduated from Pembine High School, born in 1959. On November 25, 1973, George June married Holmquist Bloch at the Riverside United Methodist Church in Niagara. They lived in Niagara, where George worked at the Niagara Paper Mill for many years and retired in 1998.
George enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Hiram D Fischer Post 222 Masonic lodge in Florence, where he served for 59 years. George was awarded the Medal of Service for 50 Years by the Masonic Lodge on June 29, 2013.
Survivors include his loving wife, June Witkowski, of 48 years; two sons, Michael (Fran) Bloch of Niagara and Stephen (Alicia) Bloch of Houston; three daughters, Ann Hicks of Niagara, Kathleen Knudsen of Kingsford, and Patricia Bloch of Denmark, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeremy, Nicole, Christopher, Trevor, Derek and Alyssa; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Karon Witkowski, Westfield, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a brother, Myron “Mike” Witkowski.
The visitation will be on Friday, August 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home-Niagara Chapel in Niagara. The Hiram D Fischer Post 222 and the Iron Mountain/Kingsford Masonic Lodge 388 will conduct memorial services Friday at 1:50 p.m. at the funeral home.
A celebration of George’s life will be held at the funeral home at 2pm on Friday. Pastor Debra Spira will officiate. Burial will take place at Pembine Cemetery in Pembine.
Friends can offer their condolences and tributes to George’s family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home-Niagara Chapel of Niagara to honor George’s life legacy.