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David C. Polashek

Issue Date: December 6, 2018

David C. Polashek, 70, of Oconto Falls, passed away suddenly Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 of natural causes at a second residence in Hartford, Ct. 

Born Jan. 20, 1948, in Grand Island, Ne., the oldest son, to Gerald E. and Rosaline L. (Trubl) Polashek, the family moved to Protivin, Ia., where he attended Rudolphinum School, graduating in 1966. He attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he earned a degree in secondary education in Political Science. On Aug. 10, 1968, he married Susan E. Pedersen and they had four children, Angela, Timothy, Matthew, and Nicholas.

They divorced in 2004 and he married Kim T. Davis on July 18, 2015 and gained two step-children, Jessica and Christopher. He spent the last few years traveling between homes in Wisconsin and Connecticut.

After graduating from UNI in 1970, he taught Middle School and coached at the Windom, Mn. School District and at Peet Junior High School in Cedar Falls, Ia. While teaching middle school, he earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration from UNI in 1978. In August 1978, he was hired as the School Superintendent at Wauzeka Public Schools where he served until 1993.

He then was superintendent for Oconto Falls School District until retiring in 2015. Throughout his career, he served in many professional and community positions, including the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library and was active in state-level educational organizations.

He wrote a weekly column for the Oconto County Times Herald entitled, "The Path around the Falls" and after retirement, remained an active advocate for education in Wisconsin by remaining active in the Wisconsin Public Education Network and served on the board of the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Davis; four children, Angela O'Connor, Saint Joseph, Mo., Timothy (Roseann) Polashek, Lexington, Ky., Matthew (Charity) Polashek, Nicholasville, Ky. and Nicholas Polashek, Golden, Co.; seven grandchildren; two step-children, Jessica Plaunt, Charleston, S.C. and Christopher (Candice) Plaunt, Shawano; siblings, Catherine (Stephen) Berry, Eau Claire, Mary (Bill) Cummings, Cedar Rapids, Ia., Eloise (Paul) Whiffen, Tomakin, NSW, Australia, Betty Weaver, Mount Vernon, Ia., Susie (Dan) Martinek, Cedar Rapids, Ia., Martha (Michael) Shoemaker, Norwalk, Ia., Emil (Mary Kay) Polashek, Ames, Ia., Caroline (Jon) Thompson, Mundelein, Ill., Anthony (Gail) Polashek, Goldsboro, N.C. and Francis (Dina) Polashek, O'Fallon, Mo. and many nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles and cousins.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry Richard and William Polashek and a daughter-in-law, Stacie Polashek.

Visitation will be held with the urn present at Oconto Falls Area Performing Arts Center, 210 N. Farm Rd., Oconto Falls on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.until time of a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m. The David Polashek Memorial Fund has been established at any Wells Fargo Bank to further education. Jones Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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