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Thomas J. Achczynski


Thomas J. Achczynski, MSW, ACSW. Of Stevens Point, died Wednesday December 7, 2011 after a long courageous battle with Huntington's chorea disease. He was born in Milwaukee, on June 2, 1934 to the late Helen & Stanley Achczynski.

Tom earned his undergraduate degree and graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tom was a veteran of the United States Army. In Tom's early years he was a golden gloves boxer, played the guitar and enjoyed horseback riding.

His career took him from being a Milwaukee police officer, a liaison agent for the Milwaukee Region of the division of Corrections of the State Department of Health and Social Services, a psychiatric social worker and director of community services for the Columbia County Guidance Health Center, and lastly to a regional administrator in the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services.

Tom loved nature and being outdoors. He especially enjoyed the years spent on his land in the Cascade mountain area and the home that he and Helen built together.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife Helen (nee Hackett), an accomplished anthropologist, writer, artist and pianist, his second wife Peri (nee Shaw), a social worker for the Department of Health and Social Services, his sisters Alice, Dorothy and his brother Henry (Curly). Tom is survived by his Son Robert (Tammy), grandchildren, Jonathan, Nicholas, Bridget & Megan. Sister, Rose, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service, will be held at 10:30am on Saturday December 10, 2011 at the Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home Stevens Point. Rev Bill Christiansen officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in the Forest Cemetery. Visitation on Saturday from 9:00am until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials in Tom's name will be established at a later date. For online condolences please visit

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