Edwin J. Szymanski, 89, Marathon, died on Monday, November 28, 2011 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
He was born September 19, 1922 in the town of Cassel, son of the late Anton and Cecilia (Kalamayka) Szymanski. On July 17, 1946, he married Florence Wisniewski at Holy Family Catholic Church Poniatowski. She preceded him in death on October 18, 1984. On February 25, 1994, he married Lydia Beilke. She preceded him in death on August 12, 2011.
Edwin was one of ten children consisting of eight boys and two girls. He attended Sacred Heart School in the town of Cassel and graduated for Marathon High School in 1940. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for two years and then enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. He achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class and served from September 21, 1943 until May 17, 1946. Following his service in the military, he went back to his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree on July 27, 1947. He was hired at Marathon High School as a Baseball and Basketball coach and then became the high school principal. He taught at Marathon High School for 37 years and retired in 1984.
While teaching at Marathon High School, he played basketball with his brothers on a team known as the Marathon Wee Willies and he also pitched baseball with a Marathon County League for the Rib River Ballroom. Some highlights of his pitching career included pitching one game for 19 innings and in another game he pitched for 15 innings, striking out 32 batters. The teams he played with won many championships in both basketball and baseball. Edwin loved all sports, especially, fishing, hunting, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.
He continued his studies at Ripon College under the National Science Foundation in the summer of 1958. Edwin took a two year leave of absence in 1958, and trained at Michigan State University for the Traveling Teacher Science Program. He lectured in high schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. He then returned back to Michigan State University where he earned his Masters Degree in Physical Science. Edwin also attended summer school under the National Science Foundation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Superior for two summers each.
He was a member of the American Legion Alois Dreikosen Post #469, Marathon.
Survivors include, four children, Yvonne (Fred) Oksiuta, Stevens Point, Rodney (Debra) Szymanski, Marathon, Colleen (Ralph) Zuleger, Medford and Neal (Tammy) Szymanski, Weston; three brothers, Frank (Alvina) Szymanski, Milwaukee, Alex (Theresa) Szymanski, Marathon and Wally (Bernice) Szymanski, Marathon; 10 grandchildren, Nathaniel (Lindsay) Oksiuta, Lauren (Jeremy) Karaliunas, Alyssa Szymanski, Lucas (Rachel Feist) Szymanski, Bradley (Melissa) Zuleger, Rachel Zuleger, Sandra Zuleger, Christine (Erik) Bunkelman, Shea Lee Szymanski and Nicholas Szymanski; two step-grandchildren, Kody and Kyle Kasten; five great grandchildren, River Stanecki, Peyton and Regan Karaliunas, Isaiah Oksiuta and Lexi Bunkelman one sister-in-law, Alvina Szymanski, Marathon; and Lydia's children, Craig (Lynn) Beilke, Gary Beilke, Brad (Connie) Beilke and Dean (Valerie) Beilke.
Besides his parents and Florence and Lydia, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Clara and Marie; and four brothers, Anton, Stanley, Joe and Ray.
The funeral mass will be celebrated at Noon on Friday, December 2, 2011 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon. Rev. Joseph Diermeier and Rev. Steven Brice will preside. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Marathon. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon and again on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. There will be a rosary service Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences at www.petersonkraemer.com