Anthony J. Zdroik
Anthony Jerome “AJ” Zdroik, 23, formerly of Rosholt, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in a railroad construction accident in Moulton, Iowa.
He was born May 14, 1994, at St. Joseph’s Hospital (now Marshfield Medical Center), Marshfield, to Tom and Trish (Weiss) Zdroik.
He grew up on his family farm in Rosholt and graduated from Rosholt High School in 2012. After high school, he attended Northcentral Technical College, where he received two credentials in just two years. He studied agricultural technology and welding. His primary passion for work was on his family farm, where he managed and marketed earth-friendly crops and beef cattle.
While working for Specialty Potatoes of Rosholt, he built the highly-efficient potato grading equipment from wall-to-wall. He also worked on the pipeline, through SPS of Rosholt, while temporarily taking a railroad construction assignment so he could come home every weekend to help his family with the farm harvest.
He liked to host cookouts on the farm, where the neighborhood boys would gather, surrounding the farm shed with their trucks. And though he had not yet conquered the whole “eight-second ride,” he enjoyed an occasional bull ride. He went to church every Sunday.
He is survived by his parents, Tom and Trish Zdroik; his siblings, Alex, Abe and Angi; and two grandmothers, Cheri Weiss, Wisconsin Rapids, and Sandi Adams, Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by both paternal grandparents, Maynard and Mary Jane Zdroik; his maternal grandfather, Herb Weiss; two uncles; a cousin; and preborn siblings.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Sacred Heart Church, 7375 Church St, Custer, where visitation will occur from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Visitation also will be held at Shuda Funeral Chapel 3200 Stanley Street in Stevens Point Wednesday, October 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayed at 4 p.m. and the Holy Rosary prayed at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations of living plants and trees.
Online condolences may be offered at www.shudafuneral.com.