A Funeral Mass will be held at noon Thursday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Waupaca, with the Rev. Richard Lesniak officiating. Military Honors will be held outside the church immediately following the service. Interment will be at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Waupaca.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Thursday until the Mass.
A memorial fund has been established.
The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.hollyfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Kubisiak was born June 30, 1918, in Amherst, a son of the late John F. and Veronica (Somers) Kubisiak.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in January 1941. He served in World War II, covering battles in Southern France, North Appenies, air combat in the Balkans, Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia and Rome until he returned stateside in September of 1945.
He was married to Lillian Michalek, whom he met while on leave, June 10, 1945. She died after 62 years of marriage.
They lived in South Carolina until they took over the family farm in Amherst, where they raised eight children and fostered 15 more children. They ran the family farm for 21 years. They sold the farm to their eldest son, Martin, who ran it for 45 years.
They decided to start a new venture and purchased the Oakwood Villa in Waupaca in 1969. The Oakwood was a small restaurant that seated 35 and they built it up to be one of the largest banquet facilities in the area that could seat 500-plus people. It continues to be run by his grandsons.
He was active at St. Mary Magdalene of Waupaca, the American Legion, Kiwanis, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1037 and the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include six daughters, Paulette McCarty, Hanahan, S.C., Christine Michaels, Las Vegas, Nev., Vicki (Jim) Gilbertson, Brainerd, Minn., and Helen (Tom) Halverson, Elaine (Daryl) Wanner and Lisa (George) Dowhen, all of Waupaca; one son, Martin (Barb), Waupaca; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Steven; four brothers, Edwin, Joe, Bernard and Conrad; and six sisters, Bernice Lorbecki, Valeria Newton, Gerry Wysocki, Pearl Pfau, Theresa Starks and Sister Dorothy Kubisiak.