Henry "Jack" Kmiecik Issue Date: January 6, 2021
A life beautifully lived, Jack Kmiecik, 96 years old, found his way into the arms of the Lord on December 15, 2020.
Native son of the Menominee/ Marinette area, Jack was born to Stella (Wesoloski) and Henry Kmiecik on July 20, 1924. Raised by his soon widowed mother, he spent his boyhood in the companionship of his dear sister, Dolores. Graduating from Lourdes High School as Valedictorian, his further education waited while he served proudly in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.
Following his service, Jack pursued his dream, graduation from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Chicago calling to him, he began his career at the Zenith Electronics Company where he met his faithful wife of over 60 years, Shirley.
Ever dutiful in all that he endeavored, Jack spent the next 40 years at the Sears Roebuck Company as a Systems and Data Analyst, educating himself in the mysteries of that magical new machine, the computer.
Jack lived an exemplary life, a faithful and loving husband, son, father, uncle, brother and friend. He was adored by many for his gentle, sweet nature. His intelligence was belied by his quiet humility and dry sense of humor. Jack loved reading and the pursuit of knowledge, even attending Bible study classes until the last year of his life.
He loved playing cards, chocolate and sometimes a good martini. He also loved sports. So many games of wiffle ball were played in the back yard, so many grandchildren's games attended, so many maddening Chicago Cubs games were watched.
Jack is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Kris (Bill) Meagher, Jackie (Mark) Mlsna, Kim and Kip (Lisa); his grandchildren, Matt, Melissa, Sarah, Eric, Rachel, Stiven and Yolaus; his great-grandchildren, Patrick, Lincoln, Lucia and Santiago. He is further survived by his sister, Dolores Eggener, along with his nieces and nephews of the Richard Eggener family.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, in whose arms we pray he has returned.
Though we are grateful he is at peace, our hearts are broken. We shall miss him so.
A private Mass has been held. We hope a Celebration of Jacks life can be held at a later date, when we all can be together again. Memorials can be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Josephs Home for the Elderly, Palatine, Ill, through littlesistersofthepoorpalatine.org
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