Alex L. Kurzynski, 87, Mosinee, went to be with the Lord on January 20, 2011, after a brief stay at Kennedy Nursing Home, Weston, WI.
Alex was born March 14, 1923, in the Township of Dewey, the son of John and Mary (Danczyk) Kurzynski.
Alex attended Ryan School and Little Eau Claire School through eighth grade. Alex then helped his parents on the family farm in the township of Dewey. He purchased his 120 acre farm in the township of Guenther from his parents in 1956 for $3500, later adding an additional 40 acres purchased from the county on a bid for $190. After clearing land, he built his barn, house and shed. He farmed with his younger brother Erwin. He continued clearing his land and forming fields so he could add to his herd; he raised up to 20 milking cows and 40 heifers. The first seven years of farming, his entire milk check went to support his parents. He and his brother lived on the money they made selling chickens and eggs to Waltman's grocery store near the market square in Stevens Point. If there was money left over, they used it to purchase necessary clothing or farm needs. He later built a granary, corn crib, and chicken coop. Together with his brother; they raised cows, horses, pigs, chickens, turkey, Ginny hens, and geese. They grew hay, oats, and corn to feed their cattle. He retired from farming in 1995, after his brother Erwin was diagnosed with cancer. He sold his farm after his brother died in 2001.
Alex was proud to be Catholic, an 87-year lifelong member of St. Casimir Parish, Stevens Point. He was Baptized and Confirmed at St. Casimir Parish. He took the Confirmation name of Paul.
Alex was a gentle, small stature man with a huge heart. He was never married. Alex was a man of few words; learning more from listening than disagreeing. He loved to read the Stevens Point newspaper end to end, and listened to the Merrill talk radio station. Alex had a fantastic memory right to the very end. He appreciated every good deed done for him and felt blessed with those who cared for him after Erwin's death. Alex inherited heart disease, so he doctored regularly and monitored his health by limiting his sodium intake by reading each label and weighing himself daily. However, he occasionally splurged on fresh baked bread, homemade cookies, or pie. Alex helped many people throughout his life, roofing barns, digging wells, and harvesting crops. He loved animals; especially his dogs Gopher and Reddie, and horses Tom and Jerry.
Alex is survived by his sister Saddie Walkush, and many nieces and nephews.
Alex was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Kurzynski, an infant brother, his brothers Benjamin and Erwin, stepbrothers Tony and Casimir, his sister Martha Lesniak, brother in laws Stanley Lesniak and George Walkush, his godmother Frances Danczyk, and godfather and confirmation sponsor Frank Kurzynski.
The funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 24, 2011, at St. Casimir Parish, Stevens Point, with the Rev. Wesley Janowski officiating. Burial will be in the St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 2011, at the Pisarski-Dzikoski Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. Casimir Church until the time of Mass. There will be a parish Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.