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John “Jack”  Wigman, 91, passed away at his home on Saturday, September 24, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born December 8, 1930, in Green Bay to the late Mannix and Lorraine (Vandenboom) Wigman.

John attended Tank School for grades 1 through 3 and then St. Joseph School for grades 4 through 8. He graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1948. Jack then graduated from St. Norbert College with a Biology Degree and earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the ROTC program.

While in college he met the love of his life, Marie Schorejs. They married on June 9, 1952, at Annunciation Church in Green Bay.

In July of 1952 John entered the U.S. Army rank of 2nd Lieutenant and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served in the Korean War from May of 1953 until July of 1954. Upon returning to The States he served until 1955, at which time he left the military service.

Jack attended Marquette University after his return and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.

In 1956 he began his teaching career at Milwaukee Pulaski High School. He remained there until 1960, when he moved back to Green Bay and became the Secondary Supervisor and Curriculum Coordinator for eight school districts in Northeastern Wisconsin. He did graduate work at Harvard University, UW – Madison, and Las Vegas, New Mexico. John became principal of Pulaski High School in Pulaski, Wisconsin in 1965. In 1970 he became Superintendent of Schools for the Pulaski Community School District and remained in that position for fourteen years.

John continued his work in education by becoming Administrator of CESA 8 in Gillett, Wisconsin for seven years. He retired on July 1, 1991.

During retirement he continued working in the field of education by participating in many organizations. One of his most important recognitions was serving as president of the Wisconsin School District Administrators. He was very active with Community Education and traveled throughout the State promoting it. He was appointed to the first Brown County Library Board and served for 15 years. He also served on Governor Tommy Thompson School’s for the 21st Century Study Committee. He received many additional honors throughout his educational career.

In 2003 John (Jack) began the best job he ever had in his life. He became a tour guide at Lambeau Field. He served in that capacity for 16 years. He met people from around the world and loved sharing his love of the Packers with the people that were on his tours.

John was very active in church activities throughout his life. He was a member of St. Agnes Parish, served as President of the Holy Name Society for the parish and then the Green Bay Diocese. He also served on the parish councils of Assumption BVM Parish (Pulaski), St. Edward & Isidore (Flintville), and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Green Bay.

On October 9, 2014, John participated in the Old Glory Honor Flight and flew to Washington D.C. to tour the Korean War Monument as well as the World War I, World War II, and Korean War Memorials. A Return to Korea trip was planned but was cancelled due to Covid. He was awarded the Ambassador for Peace Medal by the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs for the Republic of Korea for his service during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion, Post #337, Pulaski.

John was an avid sports fan with the Packers, Chicago Cubs and UW-Badgers as his favorites.

John believed in always treating others as you would want to be treated. He always had a smile on his face and was filled with laughter.

He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne (Carl “Chuck”) Stangl, Beaver Dam; and their family, Elizabeth (Kevin Wall) Stangl, Suamico; and Katelyn (Josh) Dorn and their children Emmerson and Hadley, all of Verona. He is further survived by his son, Robert (Bob) and his wife Chris (Mueller) Wigman, Green Bay, and their family, Rachel (Jeremy) Benedict and their children Gabriella and Kade; all of River Grove, Illinois; son Ryan Wigman of Green Bay; and many other relatives and friends.

John (Jack) was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Marie Schorejs Wigman; his parents, Mannix and Lorraine Wigman; in-laws, Josef and Nora (Eichorn) Schorejs; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Friends are invited to gather with the family at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2771 Oakwood Dr., Green Bay, on Sunday, October 2, from 3-7 p.m. with a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday at the church from 9-11 a.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Following Mass, military honors will be rendered by the Pulaski Area Veterans Post #337. Entombment will be in Allouez Mausoleum, Green Bay.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pulaski Education Foundation (please note in the memo line:  the John and Marie Wigman Scholarship Fund).

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation and thanks to Unity Hospice of Green Bay and their dedicated staff, especially our care team, (Sam, Kelly, Sue, Nathan, and Kathleen), for the exceptional care they provided for John.