Norbert J. Fox
Norbert J. Fox, 95, Stevens Point, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at St Michael’s Hospital following a brief illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, Stevens Point.
Mr. Fox was born Norbert Gierszewski to Joseph and Mary (Kiedrowski) Gierszewski on Jan. 1, 1922. He was raised by his uncle and aunt, Joseph and Mary (Gierszewski) Liss, of Stevens Point.
During World War II, he changed his name to honor his uncle, who ran Foxy’s Bar on the Square. With the start of WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and attended the “Cooks and Bakers School” in Groton, Conn. He then served as a ship’s cook on a transport ship while making crossings to Argentina and to Italy.
While in the service, he was married to Ruth M. Trader, Amherst Junction, in New London, Conn. At the end of hostilities, he returned to Stevens Point and lived there his entire life.
He was a life-long member of St. Peter’s Parish.
Mr. Fox was employed at Consolidated Paper. He retired after 41 years. He began work on the same day as his good friend, Chester Golla, and they also retired on the same day.
Mr. Fox was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing with friends and his sons on Gogibic Lake in Michigan.
He also enjoyed hunting, especially deer hunting, around Portage and Waupaca counties. He was also an enthusiastic golfer at Wisconsin River Gold Course. His foursome was self-titled “the Machine Gunners.”
Mr. Fox was an active member of the Moose and the American Legion. He enjoyed attending most of the church picnics in central Wisconsin. Polka dancing was his specialty.
He is survived by four sons, James (Jane Smith) Fox, Green Bay, David (Jennifer) Fox, Cincinnati, Gary (Linda) Fox, Waukesha, and Jeffrey (Donna) Fox, Sedona, Ariz.; one daughter, Ann (Scott) Brooks, Spokane, Wash; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and siblings Loretta Check, Rosholt, Alvin (Wanda) Gierszewski, New Berlin, and Myron Gierszewski, Random Lake.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Fox was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Stanley and Alphonse Gierszewski; and sisters, Theresa Yauch and Emily Kluck.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Rev. Dennis Stanchik officiated. Burial with full military honors followed in the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Visitation was Friday until the time of service at the church. Parish rosary was prayed.
Pisarski Funeral Homes are honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.