Stanley J. Mijal
Stanley J. Mijal, 95, Stevens Point, the former owner of Stan’s Body Shop, died Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Portage County Health Care Center while under the care of Ministry Hospice Home Care.
A Funeral Mass was held Thursday, April 12, at St. Casimir Catholic Church in the town of Hull, with the Rev. Dennis Stanchek officiating. Burial was in the St. Casimir Parish Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation was at the church Thursday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Badger Honor Flight.
The Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Mijal was born June 9, 1922, in the town of Ringle in Marathon County, a son of the late Walter and Julia (Maziar) Mijal. He attended schools in Marathon County.
After schooling, he moved to Milwaukee and went to work at the Nash plant, learning the trade of auto body repair.
He entered the U.S. Army in September 1943, during World War II and was a member of the 749th Tank Battalion, Company C. During the D-Day invasion, he landed on Omaha Beach. While in France, he was wounded, received the Purple Heart and just last year received the National Order of the Legion Honour, the highest medal bestowed by the Government of France for his excellent military conduct.
He was married to Lillian Sondelski Nov. 15, 1947, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Mosinee. She died in September 2017.
After the marriage, the couple moved to Chicago, Ill., where he continued to hone the craft of auto body repair at several shops before returning to the town of Hull in 1950.
He became a body technician for G.A. Gullikson Chevrolet until he opened Stan’s Body Shop in 1958. He operated the business until his retirement in 1984.
Survivors include four children, Sharon (Ron) Omernick, Mike (Linda) Mijal and Jeffrey (Grace) Mijal, all of Stevens Point, and Thomas (Sandra) Mijal, Kronenwetter; three sisters, Lucy (Joe) Muszynosky, Florence (Gerald) Ziegel and Annie Strehlow; one sister-in-law, Rose Ann Mijal; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Eleanor Groshek, Jean Pierzchzlski and Helen Sondelski; five brothers, Micky, Edward, Joseph, John and Tony Mijal; and two grandchildren.