Edmund E. Pliska, 87, Plover, a former executive at the Copps Corp. and a noted gardener, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Edgewater Haven Nursing Home in Port Edwards.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. Dennis Lynch officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Plover from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until the Mass. There will be a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Military Funeral Ritual at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Moose Ritual at 6:45 p.m., with a parish rosary prayed at 7 p.m. Friday 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. Pliska was born Jan. 1, 1927, a son of the late Frank and Helen (Lesinski) Pliska.
He was married to Patricia M. Meyer-Greunke for 42 years.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 through 1946 in the South Pacific Theatre. He fought in Okinawa, Sugar Loaf Hill and Peleliu and was wounded in the battle at Pavuvu where he earned the Purple Heart Medal.
After serving in the USMC, he worked at the paper mill, followed by working as the groundskeeper at the Stevens Point Country Club.
He joined the Copps Corp. in a career spanning 43 years, retiring as a senior vice president.
Besides his work at Copps, he loved gardening and created masterpiece gardens during the years and winning prestigious Garden Club awards. His gardens and koi pond were color palettes.
A lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, he served as commandant for two terms. He was active in the Central Wisconsin Marine Corps League until he became ill.
He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion Plover Post 543, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 30 and VFW Plover Post 10262. He was also a member of the Stevens Point Moose Lodge 1572.
He was also a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point for more than 40 years where he served as the chairman of Finance and Buildings. He currently was a member of St. Bronislava Catholic Church when he became ill.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; one son, Dennis Pliska, Wisconsin Rapids; one daughter, Sheila (Richard) Schultz, Plover; three stepchildren, Rebecca (Charles) Tomek and Don (Jill) Greunke, both of Apple Valley, Minn., and Gregory (Hsia) Greunke, Zimmerman, Minn.; two sisters, Theresa (Henry) Soik, Stevens Point, and Caroline Bungert, Sussex; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Peter, Max, John, Barney and Henry Pliska; and one sister, Rosemarie Pliska.