A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. James Trempe officiating. Burial will be in the St. Bronislava Parish Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home, 2911 Plover Road, Plover, from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the Mass. The St. Bronislava Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus Council 1170 in Stevens Point will combine with the parish rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
A memorial in his name will be established at a later date.
Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Patoka was born Nov. 8, 1935, in the town of Buena Vista, a son of the late Joseph and Agnes (Trzebiatowski) Patoka. He attended school in the Fancher area.
He was married to Romona Wroblewski Nov. 24, 1956, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point.
After the marriage the couple settled in the Plover area.
He worked for Morning Glory Dairy for more than 48 years, with the last 20 years as an independent Morning Glory distributor.
In his younger days he played baseball and softball for Buena Vista in the country league. He coached in the Plover-Whiting Youth Athletics Program and was involved in Polka music and dancing.
He was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Bronislava Church and the Stevens Point Knights of Columbus Monsignor McGinley Council 1170.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Roger (Sharon) and Brian (Lynette), both of Plover; five daughters, Sandy (Mike) Pavelski and Lori (Tim) Buchkowski, both of Plover, Carol (Bill) Rudiger, Amherst, Kim (Bob) Lawrence, Plymouth, Minn., and Jodi (William) Rentfrow, Stevens Point; two sisters, Genevieve Shulfer, Stevens Point, and Lorraine Buza, Elkhorn; one brother, Ervin Patoka, Pewaukee; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Philomen Dombrowski and Regina Konkol; and four brothers Clements, Hubert, Leonard and Richard.