Anton Joseph “Tony” Burclaw, 94, Rosholt, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Rosholt, with the Rev. Greg Michaud officiating.
Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be at Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church from 10 a.m. Thursday until the Mass.
A prayer service and general rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.
Mr. Burclaw was born Jan. 11, 1918, in Portage County, a son of the late Joseph and Valerya (Landowski) Burclaw.
He entered the U.S. Army on Dec. 5, 1942, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 14, 1946, as a TEC 5 in the 14th armored division of HQ Battery 313th Field Artillery Battalion. He received the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon along with two bronze battle stars, two overseas bars, one service stripe, the Good Conduct Medal and a Purple Heart.
He was married to Zepherine “Sadie” Stankowski at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Rosholt on July 5, 1947. She preceded him in death.
They resided in Wausau until 1951 before moving to the town of Alban where they owned and operated a dairy farm. It was at this time he began a career in construction. They moved to their present address in the village of Rosholt in 1970. They purchased the Rosholt Bakery in 1971 while he continued work in construction. They sold the business in 1980 to their son, Bob, who operated it until 1985. Mr. Burclaw retired in 1984.
He was past president of Nelson-Kaminski Post 509, as well as finance officer from 1975 to 2009. He was also a member of the Polish Legion American Veterans of Polonia and the St. Adalbert Men’s Rosary Society.
Survivors include four sons, Chet (Sandy), Duane (Alice) and Brian, all of Rosholt, and Bob (Sherry), West Des Moines, Iowa; four daughters, Mary (Jerry Renard) Cline, Green Bay, Sue Zajackowski, Plover, Lori (Arlyn) Ostrowski, Bevent, and Lynn (Mike) Pankratz, Little Suamico; four sisters, Sylvia (Ksioszk), Lydia (Hank) Laska, Wanda Goedde and Teckla (Dave) Cline; one brother, Emil (Lorraine); 25 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sons, Randy and Jeff; one sister, Clara; and two brothers, John and Leonard.