Raymond “Ray” Mroczynski, 85, Pulaski, was called to eternal life to join his wife Donna, infant son David, and our Lord on Friday, February 3, 2023.
The son of the late Peter and Mary (Swiekatowski) Mroczynski was born March 8, 1937, in Pulaski and was a 1955 graduate of Pulaski High School.
Ray attended the University of Oshkosh before he entered the US Army Air Corps. He served as an aircraft mechanic and was a recipient of a Good Conduct Medal.
On September 30, 1961, Ray married the love of his life, Donna Mae Geske, at Assumption BVM Church in Pulaski. The couple lived in Milwaukee for seven years where their children were born, and then moved to Pulaski and made it their home. They cherished 58 years together before Donna passed away in 2019.
Ray relished traveling with Donna to Alaska, Poland, Canada, Hawaii, taking a Caribbean cruise, and traveling with the kids on their family vacations to see all 50 states.
Ray worked as a tool and die maker starting at Ladish Co in Cudahy, WI and then, when they moved, worked at Gardner Denver in Green Bay. After the company relocated down south Ray changed careers, selling and setting up greeting card and firework displays. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed golfing, bowling, watching football and college basketball, playing cards, and spending time at his northern property which he referred to as the Palace.
Ray valued being a member of the American Legion Post 337, Pulaski, the Knights of Columbus, and the Pulaski Area Historical Society. Ray and Donna would often volunteer to work at various events. They enjoyed working at the entrance gate for Polka Days for the American Legion and then working in the Knights of Columbus food stand. They would also work the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive and hand out poppies for the veterans. They volunteered with the Pulaski Area Historical Society and helped to set up the WWI display at the museum in Pulaski. The couple was awarded a certificate of recognition for their dedication of time and efforts to the Historical Society.
Ray is survived by his son Michael Mroczynski, Girdwood AK, his daughter, Cheryl (Randy) Cieslewicz, Menomonee Falls WI; four grandchildren: Alex (Brianna), Cottage Grove WI, and Kailee, Cami, and Ty, all of Menomonee Falls, WI. He is further survived by his sister-in-law Margaret (Ken) Floyd, San Bruno CA; brother-in-law George (Leone) Humblet, Hartland WI, and sister-in-law Phylis Mroczynski, Pulaski, along with many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his parents Peter and Mary; his infant son, David; daughter-in-law Kory Peterson; sisters: Lucille (Richard) Liss, Arlene (Don) Marnocha, Alice (Roland) DeBaker, Celine (Larry) Dominiczak, and Phyllis T Mroczynski, brothers Daniel and Gerald (Dorothy) Mroczynski, nephew, William Liss; and niece, Ellen Baran; brother-in-law, Keith Geske; sister-in-law Eileen (Norbert Norder and Tom Flanagan); step-sister Carol Johnson; nephew Steve Norder; nephew, Kenneth Geske.
Ray will be missed by his dear friends and family, especially his lunch mates, card-playing partners, and golfing buddies.
Friends may call Assumption B.V.M. Church, 119 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday. There will be a Veterans Service at 6:30 and the Parish Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. The visitation continues from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at the church, Fr. James Gannon, O.F.M. presiding followed by Military Honors rendered by the Pulaski Area Veterans. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.