Harry P. Pachniak, 83, Stratford, passed away peacefully, Friday, April 15, 2016, at Acorn Hill Senior Living complex briefly under the care of Ministry Hospice Care. Harry was born on May 26, 1932, in Rosholt to the late Joseph and Magdalena (Rzeszut) Pachniak.
Harry married Sophie Kuranda on May 26, 1951, at St. Francis Xavier, Knowlton, and worked with his father on the family farm. Harry and Sophie later bought a 360 acre farm near the Big Eau Pleine Flowage where they farmed until 1990. During this time Harry also sold and serviced Starline and Rochester farm equipment and worked as a service technician for Beutsch Implement. He later worked as a service technician for North Central Equipment in Auburndale until 2003.
After retiring from farming in 1990, Harry and Sophie built their dream home along the Big Eau Pleine Flowage. Harry loved deer hunting, fishing from his dock, watching wildlife out his window, and listening to polka music while tinkering on projects for his family in the garage. He also loved when his children and grandchildren would gather for campfires, volleyball, pontooning, playing pinochle, and throwing horseshoes.
Harry is survived by his loving wife Sophie, their twelve children; Phillip (Donna) Pachniak, Mary (Ken) Moser, Jim (Beth) Pachniak, Greg (Carol) Pachniak, Ron (Karen) Pachniak, Kevin Pachniak, Marie (Mike) Baker, Tom (Angie) Pachniak, Joann (Bill) Peltola, Don (Beth) Pachniak, Debbie (Todd) Zuelke, and Charmaine (Jon) Ulrich, twenty seven grandchildren; Amanda, Melisa, Nathan, Bob, Corey, Anthony, Kelly, Ryan, Josh, Brittany, Erin, Lyndsy, Christopher, Elaena, Megan, Alex, Andrew, Joseph, Zach, Rachell, Elliot, Holly, Eric, Emily, Liz, Kaitlyn, and Devin, and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his only sister Betty Marciniak, four sister in laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Donald Przybylski will officiate. Visitation will be Monday 4 to 8 p.m. at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee. Visitation will be again from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at Acorn Hill for their conscientious and loving care; Pop was blessed to have you.
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