Charles (Chuck) Steven Ondrejka, age 85 of Markesan, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Monday, December 1, 2014.
Chuck was born on November 24, 1929, in Mayville, WI to Michael and Helen (Micklas) Ondrejka. He graduated from Mayville High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army in Korea, during the Korean War. On July 17, 1954, he was united in marriage to Mary L. Chapman of Juneau, WI, in Mayville. Chuck worked as a butcher in Markesan and other nearby communities for many years, and later retired from Speed Queen in Ripon, in 1991.
Chuck was very active in the community and enjoyed volunteering at the Markesan Resident Home. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Parish and the Markesan American Legion Post. Chuck was very handy, and enjoyed DIY projects and his model HO train sets. He was a sports enthusiast and proudly cheered on local teams, the Packers, Brewers and Badgers, and also liked watching boxing. He loved wildlife, his pet cats, going for drives, playing golf, and fishing with his children and grandchildren.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Mary of Markesan; his children, Andrew (Denise) of Seneca Falls, NY, Mary Jo of Reston, VA, Ellen (Scott) Zimmerman of Fond du Lac, WI, Charles (Connie) of Muskegon, MI and Art (Shelley) of Malone, WI; his grandchildren, Daniel (Janelle), Alyson, Andy (Brittany), David, Chaz and Olivia; his great-grandson, Ryan; his siblings, Alice Boerst, Helen Gindt and George (Karen) Ondrejka, all of Mayville; and is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings and other relatives.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at Holy Family Catholic Parish, 41 St. Joseph St., Markesan, with Fr. Paulraj Sellam Jacob as celebrant. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m., prior to the Mass. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Phelps Cemetery, Town of Green Lake.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Chuck’s name may be directed to the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter or Agnesian Hospice Hope of Green Lake.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 181 S. Main St., Markesan is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com