E.J ‘Pat’ Kubisiak
E.J “Pat” Kubisiak, 89, Plover, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, while on his daily ride with his wife Virginia and son Mark.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at St. Stanislaus Church of Holy Spirit Parish, with Rev. Thomas Lindner officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass.
Shuda Funeral Service of Stevens Point and Plover assisted
with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Kubisiak was born July 22, 1926, in Stevens Point, a son
of the late Ed and Anna (Jastromski) Kubisiak. He was a 1939 graduate of St.
Stephen Grade School and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1944. He was
active in sports and played on the eighth grade Catholic state-bound team,
taking third place. He was selected to the All-Tournament team.
He lettered in football and basketball his junior and senior
years while attending P.J. Jacobs High School. He was selected the
All-Conference quarterback as a senior in the Wisconsin Valley Conference 1943
He entered the U.S. Navy Feb. 1, 1944, in Milwaukee. He
served as a seaman 1st class. He earned the American Area Ribbon, Asiatic
Pacific Area Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the World War II Victory
Medal and the Japanese Occupation Medal. He was part of the first amphibious to
land on foreign soil in Japan in 1945. He was honorably discharged May 22,
He returned to Stevens Point and entered Central State
Teachers College, now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). He
played football for UWSP in 1946 for one season as a left halfback. The team
was conference co-champs that season.
He was married to Virginia “Sis” Leo Nov. 22, 1947, at St.
Stanislaus Catholic Church.
The couple settled in Stevens Point and raised their family.
He played for Tip Top Bar in 1946 and Johnny’s in 1947 in
the Portage County League. The teams finished in first place each year, and he
was an all-star outfielder both years. He played softball for Paul’s Bar for more
than 15 years, fast pitch in the city league and in the Wisconsin Valley
against teams from Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield and Wausau. Then he played slow
pitch in the city leagues.
He worked for Point Sporting Goods for 38 years. He was one
of the original seven who started under Elmer Debot. He held various jobs of
warehouse foreman, inside sales, traveling salesman and assistant head buyer.
The last two years he was head buyer and later vice president of merchandising.
After retiring from Point Sporting Goods, he went to work
for Dan Hintz at Plover Bait and Tackle for a few years. He joined SentryWorld golf
course as a ranger and starter until age 80.
He worked with youth in the area, including clubs and
organizations, helping promote and finance programs for kids. He played an
active role in the community and held such positions as past president of the Athletic
Association for St. Stanislaus and Pacelli High School; Evans Caddy Scholarship
for five years; co-chairman of the Heat the Pool Fund Drive for city pool; Little
League Baseball umpire, manager and coach; Sentry Classic Tournament from 1980-86;
Stevens Point Baseball Committee for five years, president for last two years.
3rd Ward alderman who served on the Finance Committee and the Parks and
Recreation Committee; and helped push the building of a new Little League Park
He was an active golfer, competing in many golf events and
tournaments. He was a charter member of the Wisconsin River Golf Course and a member
for 15 years, serving as president of the Men’s Golf Association for 13 years.
He was a member of Stevens Point Country Club and chairman of the Sports
He and his wife were snowbirds who spent one month in
Arizona for 25 years, with family visiting for a couple of weeks each years for
a golf outing. They also vacationed in Myrtle Beach and Cancun until age 81.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Virginia “Sis;” one daughter,
Vicki (Dick) Schultz; one son, Mark; one sister, Leone Clune; one
brother-in-law, Gary Leo; one sister-in-law, Dolly Miskowski; and nieces and
He was also preceded in death by brother, Chester Kubisiak; one
grandson, Brian Keith Schultz; and two brothers-in-law, Dr. James A. Leo and Donald Miskowski.