Rhody J. Studinski
Rhody J. Studinski, 84, Stevens Point, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2017, at North Ridge Assisted Living Center.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Stevens Point with the Rev. Dennis Stanchik officiating. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Custer Cemetery with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute.
Friends and family will gather to share memories from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Shuda Funeral Chapel – Stevens Point. A Loyal Order of Moose ritual will be said at 6:30 p.m. and a Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., both Wednesday night at the funeral home. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Rhody was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Stevens Point, the son of Raphael and Susan (Lepak) Studinski. He attended local schools and worked on the family farm until entering the U.S. Army. He served his country from 1953-1955, serving in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a corporal.
Rhody returned to the area and worked as a truck driver for F.F. Mengals and later Bake-Rite.
He married Patricia Kruzitski April 4, 1959, and the couple settled in Stevens Point.
Rhody continued his career at Miller Trucking, then Koch Industries where he worked until his retirement from full-time work in 1992.
Patricia passed away in 1992.
Rhody resumed his enjoyment of driving, with the Stevens Point School District as a school bus driver.
He married Lorraine (Sopa) Koziczkowski Aug. 23, 1997, in Stevens Point.
Rhody was an avid Packer and Brewers fan, loved to travel and drive the open road. He liked to garden, listen and dance to polka music, attend church picnics, but most of all spend time with family and friends.
He was a member of American Legion Post 6 and Central States Union.
Rhody is survived by his wife, Lorraine; four children, Barb (Phillip) Alm, Stevens Point, Gerald (Sharon) Studinski, Custer, Randy ( Cori) Studinski, Plover, and Laurie (Randy) Lutz, Amherst; five grandchildren, Shane (Katie) Alm, Nate (Katy) Alm, Adam (Jessica) Helminiak, Breanna Studinski, and Brittany (Matt) Cziakowski; three great-grandchildren, Skylar Alm, Xavier Alm and Sailor Helminiak; six step-children, Roger Koziczkowski, Karen Koziczkowski, James (Deb) Koziczkowski, Jerome (Teri) Koziczkowski, Nancy (Frank) Suchon and Christine Moerke; 10 step-grandchildren, Sarah Orbison, Tracy (John) Vierck, Cory Koziczkowski, Nick Koziczkowski, Tyler Koziczkowski, Trevor Koziczkowski, Jason (Allison) Suchon, Ben Suchon, Steven Moerke and Alison Moerke; five step-great-grandchildren, Caysi Orbison, Abbey Orbison, Hunter Vierck, Reagan Vierck and Meadow Vierck; one brother, Kenneth Studinski, Janesville; and two sisters, Shirley Gavin, Eagle River, AK; Karen Dombrowski, Amherst.
Rhody was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia; his sister, Dolores Ganski Wierzba; and infant brother, Jack Studinski.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.