Dr. Vincent M. Wojtak
Dr. Vincent M. Wojtak, 85, Sun City, Ariz., a former Stevens
Point resident and the father of three Portage County residents, died Friday,
Oct. 23, 2015, at his home.
A Chicago-area memorial service/Mass will be held at 11:30
a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at St. Julian Eymard Catholic Church in Elk Grove
Memorial gifts should be sent to support the American Heart
His medical background supported his decision to donate his
body to science.
Dr. Wojtak was born Sept. 16, 1930, in Kenosha, the youngest
of eight children of the late Vincent and Sophie (Dziekiewicz) Wojtak. He
graduated from St. Bonaventure High School.
After high school, he moved to Chicago in 1949 to pursue a
degree as a registered nurse on his way to becoming a medical doctor, choosing
to specialize as a podiatric (foot) surgeon.
He was married to Eleanore Rawski Aug. 8, 1953. She died in
The early years of his medical training were spent at
Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago. Soon after, he opened his first practice,
where he and his wife, a registered nurse, worked together for many years.
They worked together both in Chicago and in Stevens Point,
where they moved in 1976. While in Chicago, he was a member of the senior staff
at Northlake Hospital for many years, a privilege he continued at St. Michael’s
Hospital in Stevens Point until his retirement in 1990.
As a podiatrist, he was known for his little positive mementos,
giving patients a little “Wojtak” rose sticker to put on their bandage or
suckers shaped like feet. He mentored numerous younger doctors, many of whom
kept in contact with him.
Dr. Wojtak was always active in community organizations.
When he was in Chicago, he was active in the Lions International as a past
president. In Stevens Point he was a member of Rotary International and was a
longtime member at the Stevens Point Country Club.
Survivors include seven children, Maggie (Randy) Smith, Rye,
Colo., Michael (Bernadette), Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Marijean (Gene) Browan
and Greg (Jan), both of Stevens Point, Geralyn (Chuck) Feifarek, Peoria, Ariz.,
Lizz (Steve) Schneider, Plover, and Monica Barden, Nashotah; 13 grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Stanley “Stosh;”
seven siblings, Anton, Joe, Lottie, Mary, Stanley, Richard and Pete; and one son-in-law,