A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia, with the Rev. Greg Michaud officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be at Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, and at the church from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the Mass. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Konkol was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Amherst Junction, a son of the late Leo and Agnes (Kenowski) Konkol. He attended school in Fancher and Amherst High School.
He was married to Rita Maslowski April 9, 1943, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia. She died April 2, 2010.
After completing high school, he worked for the Globe Co. as a machinist in Chicago, Ill. He entered the U.S. Army Nov. 2, 1942. After basic training, he went to the University of Florida for non-commissioned officer school. He was then assigned to the 65th Infantry Division, 260th Infantry Regiment Co. A, where he served as a platoon leader under Gen. George Patton. At the time he went to combat in Germany, he was the youngest platoon sergeant to serve under the general.
On the month before his departure, he was selected as the Soldier of the Month in his division of over 3,000, for which he was awarded a $100 war bond. He was awarded the Purple Heart, expert rifleman badge, expert infantry badge, combat infantryman’s badge and Bronze Stars badge. He was wounded in the southern part of Germany May 2, 1945, and hospitalized for a month. He was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant Nov. 2, 1945.
He returned to work at the Globe Co. in Chicago as a machinist foreman until 1948. He then purchased a farm in the town of Sharon and was engaged in farming and home building until his retirement in 1979. In his retirement years, he was a land developer in the Polonia area.
He was a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 185, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 30, the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society and St. Isadore Society. He was also on the Sacred Heart Building Committee for some time.
Survivors include one daughter, Sharon (John) Pionkowski, Stevens Point; one son, Duane Konkol, Santa Ana, Calif.; one daughter-in-law, Renette Konkol, Stevens Point; three grandchildren, Tenille (Brian) Nowak and Kelly (Chad) Molski, both of Stevens Point, and Kyle (Kristie) Konkol, La Crosse; and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, LeRoy; five brothers, Stanley, Theodore, Alvin, Eric and Victor; five sisters, Wanda Longley, Bernice Rogoski, Bertha Patoka, Susie Dzikoski, and Pearl Patoka; and one grandson, Keith Konkol.