Michael F. Garsomke, 65, of Plover, passed away Monday evening, Feb. 27, 2012, at home from multiple sclerosis while under the care of his family and Ministry Hospice Services.
He was born on Sep. 30, 1946, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Lorraine and Edward Jezeski. On June 12, 1965, his marriage to Patricia Helminiak took place at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
He entered the U.S. Army on March 31, 1964, in Milwaukee, and served in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal Bronze Clasp with three Loops, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm. His honorable discharge, at the rank of staff sergeant, took place on Sep. 9, 1977, at the Walter Reeed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 30, American Legion Post No. 543 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10262.
Michael played the accordion in high school and also played the tuba. He was the leader of Harmony Stars Polka Band and The Cavaliers Polka Band.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Garsomke of Plover; son, Jeffrey (Jenny) Garsomke of Stevens Point; daughter, Sherri Garsomke of Stevens Point; grandsons, Matthew and Jacob of Stevens Point; sister, Vicky (Deacon Richard) Rozumalski of Stevens Point; brother, Douglas Jezeski of Stevens Point; and many relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by an infant son, Ricky.
The family thanks Dr. Todd Rave and Dr. Andrew Braun.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Michael's name to either the Veterans Administration or Ministry Hospice Services.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. James Trempe officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pisarski Community Funeral Home, 2911 Plover Road, Plover, and again at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time for Mass. A veterans' ritual will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com. (715) 344-7454.