Wayne Lawrence Caelwaerts, 79, Pulaski, passed away peacefully, Thursday, July 14, 2022, at Edenbrook Nursing Home, Green Bay. The son of Lawrence and Marian (Andrews) Caelwaerts was born at St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay, on March 1, 1943.
Wayne grew up in Pulaski and graduated from Pulaski High School in 1961. Following high school, he joined the US Marine Corps, on December 4, 1961, and served a Vietnam tour of duty until his honorable discharge on April 1, 1966. He married Karen Banaszynski on June 4, 1966, at Assumption B.V.M. Church, Pulaski.
Wayne farmed for over 30 years. He then sold fertilizer for the Pulaski Coop, worked in the tire department at Schneider, and was a truck driver for Robinson Metal for a number of years. He was a member of the Pulaski American Legion, Post #337, a 4H dairy leader for Shawano County, and a lifelong member of Ss. Edward & Isidore Church in Flintville. Wayne enjoyed wood carving, hunting, and watching the Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and watching his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events. Farming was his number one love along with his family.
Survivors include his loving wife, Karen; children: Kent (Crystal) Caelwaerts, Chris (Annette) Caelwaerts, Chanda (Mark) Kulow, Carlin (Doug) Roskopf, and Charity (Alan) Kapla; his grandchildren: Samantha Helmle, Alex and Devon Caelwaerts, Danielle and Kasey Caelwaerts, Collyn and Sophia Kulow, Breckyn, Caiden, Lexys and Brylee Ryg, Derrick and Dylan Roskopf, Ashton and Leah Kapla. He is further survived by his great-grandchildren: Bentley Caelwaerts, Jude, Lucy and Maxwell Helmle; his brother and sisters: Randy (Maureen) Caelwaerts, Clarice (Gary) Pasch, Denise (Peter) Holup, and Debbie (Kathy) Caelwaerts; a sister-in-law, Gezela Caelwaerts; a brother-in-law, Bob Radoserich; sisters-in-law: Arlene (Lavern) Zuleger and Diane (Ken) Kahler, and many nieces, nephews, and family friends.
In addition to his parents, Lawrence and Marian, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Ervin and Dorothy Banaszynski; sisters: Sharon, Mary, Anne and Maxine; brothers: Larry (Marian), Myron (Kathy), and Kevin.
Friends are invited to gather with family at Ss. Edward & Isidore Church, 3667 Flintville Rd., Suamico, on Friday, July 29, from 9-11 a.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Fr. David Hoffman presiding. Military Honors provided by the Pulaski Area Veterans will follow at the church.
The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the parish Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Ss-Edward-Isidore-Church-562136803967841