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Richard “Richie” John Ferfecki, 84, Krakow passed away peacefully, Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. The son of John and Lucille (Liss) Ferfecki was born at home September 4, 1937, in Little Suamico.

Richie graduated from Pulaski High School with the class of 1955. Following high school he helped out on Mama and Tata’s farm. On September 9, 1961, Richie married Judy Blohowiak at Assumption B.V.M. Church, Pulaski. He served in the US Marines starting in 1960: six months active duty and then the reserves.

In 1964, Richie purchased the Lowland Dairy Farm in Krakow and was very proud of his red and white herd of Holsteins. He farmed until 2004, when he semi-retired from farming. Other jobs Richie held included: being a shop foreman at Woosencraft Auto; he sold machinery for Trout Creek Implement and the Pulaski Chase Coop and was a board member there for 20 years; sold Vigortone Mineral; and worked at Vern’s Hardware in Pulaski until his cancer diagnosis.

Richie was active in his community serving on the Shawano County Board for almost 20 years. He was the Chairman of Health and Human Services and also an ADRC member. He was very involved in the rebuilding of the Lakeland Center in Shawano. Richie was the Angelica Town Chairman and has been part of the Zoning Commission since 1996. He was a longtime member of St. Casimir Church in Krakow.

Richie enjoyed refinishing antique tractors, hunting, music, art work and sketching. He was especially proud of the barn he refinished on the family land. As a grandpa, he loved dressing up as Santa Claus at Christmas and surprising his grandkids.

Richie is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Judy; his four children: Kevin (Terri) Ferfecki, Karen (Mark) Gall, Keith (Cindy) Ferfecki and Kurt (Susan) Ferfecki; eight grandchildren: Taylor Gall and her husband Tommy Swartz, Alex (Sam) Gall, Montanna, Mason, Jackson, Nathan, Whitney and Kaylee; a brother, Danny (Barbara) Ferfecki; and a sister, Sharon (Dale) Krumrai. He is further survived by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Vanice Ferfecki, Audrey Ferfecki, Jim Saindon, Rose and Ken Rothe, Darlene and Dick Albers; and 13 nieces and nephews and their families.

In addition to his parents, John and Lucille, he was preceded in death by his siblings: Paul Ferfecki, James “Skippy” Ferfecki, and Gladys Saindon.

Friends are invited to gather with the family at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 119 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski, Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. with Fr. James Esser, O.F.M. presiding and Fr. James Gannon, O.F.M. concelebrating. Military honors will be rendered by the Pulaski Area Veterans and will follow at the church. A private family burial will take place in St. Casimir Cemetery, Krakow.

Richie’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Unity Hospice Team, the 9th Floor Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital and Green Bay Oncology for their care and compassion. They would also like to thank their great neighbors for their support.

Memorials will be designated to organizations that are important to the family including the Lakeland Center in Shawano and Unity Hospice.