Harlan G. Pronschinske, age 80, of Fountain City, Wis., died on Monday, October 1, 2012, at his home.
Harlan was born on April 13, 1932, in Glencoe Township, Buffalo County, Wis., the son of Albert J. and Lu (George) Pronschinske. He was united in marriage to Patricia “Pat” M. Klink, on May 14, 1955, in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Arcadia, Wis.
He was a member of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Winona, and a member of the Elk’s Lodge #327 for many years.
In his earlier years, he worked on the ore carriers across the Great Lakes. He entered the U.S. Army to serve his country in 1952 to 1954, and was stationed in Germany for 13 months. After returning home, he was employed at the J.R. Watkins Co. in the Printshop Department, in its entirety, retiring after 35 years.
Harlan will be remembered for his love of family, nurturing his grandchildren and great-grandson and enjoying their family get-togethers. He took trips and loved riding his motorcycle with all his buddies. He traveled all the Provinces of Canada, biking all over the United States (in every state) with the exception of Hawaii, and marveled about the beautiful scenery in Alaska. Other hobbies he enjoyed were snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. In his spare time, he enjoyed building grandfather clocks and repairing clocks. He was a great fix-it man and had the knowledge to repair anything. He was asked many a time for his advice and expertise and always gave of himself to help others.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Pat, of Fountain City, Wis., daughters, Cheryl (Robert, Jr.) Gonia, Winona, Minn., and Carla (fiancé, Jerry Kreibich) Radsek, Independence, Wis., grandchildren, Katherine (James) Christopherson, Winona, Minn., Jacinda (Donny) Ganz, Alma, Wis., and Jaron (Danielle) Radsek, Eleva, Wis., one great-grandson, Tristyn Christopherson, at home; sisters, Kathleen Bocchi, Bellingham, Wash., Clarice (Merlin) Wendland, Onalaska, Wis., and JoAnn (Robyn) Lemancik, Bella Vista, Ark.; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Delores Pronschinske; as well as other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Albert, Jr. “Bud” Pronschinske; and brother-in-law, Joe Bocchi.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Hargesheimer will officiate.
Following the Mass, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Neville-Lien Post #1287 of Winona will provide full military honors outside the Basilica. Private family burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Winona, at a later date.
Visitation will be held at the Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home, on Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. and an Elk’s service will also be held. Visitation will also be held at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, on Sunday, October 7, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:15 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Harlan’s grandchildren, great-grandson, and all of his motorcycle buddies.
Memorials may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their visits, cards, prayers, caregivers and those who helped in any way during Harlan’s bout with cancer.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Harlan’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com
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