Alphonse “Joe” Kamrowski, 92, of Chippewa Falls, formerly of Arcadia, died Friday, December 23, 2016 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls.
Joe was born on November 29, 1924 in Arcadia Township, to Stanley and Katherine (Rossa) Kamrowski.
Joe was drafted into the Army and served in the European Theater during World War II. He was attached to a unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard of the 28th Infantry Division serving as a BAR Rifleman. The 28th was known as the Bloody Buckets by the German Army due partly to the keystone insignia they wore, but also for the many bloody battles that they fought.
Joe fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was at the Crossing of the Rhine making the push into Germany. Joe was awarded the Good Conduct Metal and 2 Bronze Stars.
After being discharged in 1945, Joe returned home only to reenlist in 1948 where he was stationed in Germany during the Berlin Airlift. Joe was discharged in 1952 having spent a total of 7 years serving our country.
On September 15, 1956, Joe married Mary Josepha Katula in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Winona, Minn.
Joe was a member of the AFL-CIO for many years working as a union laborer.
Joe is survived by a daughter, Jayne Sorley of Greenwood, Ind.; a son, Marty (Jacci) Kamrowski of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; three granddaughters, Christina Sorley, Nicole Sorley and Robyn (fiancé Jason Shampo) Sorley; a sister, Ann Morton of Winona, Minn.; two brothers, Albert (Myra) Kamrowski and Sylvester Kamrowski both of Arcadia; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary on January 12, 1994; his parents; two infant brothers; sisters, Margret (Bill) Swartling, Frances (Byron) Lee, Alice (Alvin) Gabrick, Barbara (Jim) Rohn, Cecelia (John) Prochowicz and Helen “Betty” (Dan) Kaczorowski; sisters-in-law, Vivian and Lorraine Kamrowski and brother-in-law, Ernie Morton.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Edison Funeral Home, Independence, with Rev. Woodrow H. Pace officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Sura-Wiersgalla American Legion Post 186 of Independence. Burial will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Thursday until time of services at Edison Funeral Home, Independence.
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