Michael F. Garsomke, 65, Plover, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at home from multiple sclerosis, while under the care of Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. James Trempe officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be at Pisarski Community Funeral Home in Plover from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the Mass. . A veterans’ ritual will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in his name to either the Veterans Administration or Ministry Home Care-Hospice Services.
Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Garsomke was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Lorraine and Edward Jezeski. He played the accordion in high school and also played the tuba. He was the leader of Harmony Stars Polka Band and The Cavaliers Polka Band.
He was married to Patricia Helminiak on June 12, 1965, in Fort Bragg, N.C.
He entered the U.S. Army on March 31, 1964, in Milwaukee, and served in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal Bronze Clasp with three Loops, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm. His honorable discharge, at the rank of staff sergeant, took place on Sep. 9, 1977, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 30, American Legion Post 543 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10262.
Survivors include his wife; one son, Jeffrey (Jenny), Stevens Point; one daughter, Sherri, Stevens Point; one sister, Vicky (Deacon Richard) Rozumalski, Stevens Point; one brother, Douglas Jezeski, Stevens Point; and two grandsons.
He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Ricky.