FENCE, Wis. - Eugene Dziewiontkoski, 91, of Fence, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Eugene was always known to be fiddling with something in the shop, coming up with the next great "invention." His work ethic was seen throughout his life, from the time he worked as a young boy in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a fire tower lookout, and even into retirement, tending to the many acres of Maple trees in order to get the perfect bottle of syrup. His love of the outdoors was also apparent to anyone who saw him in the Maple trees collecting sap or helping his children and grandchildren hunt or pick berries. And if you thought he was all about work, he did have a soft side for his granddaughters, whom he would build amazing replicas of his wife, Margaret, for in the form of snow or straw, depending on the season. In the spring and summer he would take his granddaughters to the "froggy pond" to seek out that perfect tadpole. If he wasn't on his property with his family, he could be found on fishing trips to Canada in summer months.
On Jan. 2, 1922, he was born in Armstrong Creek, Wis., to Stanley and Florence (Majewski) Dziewiontkoski. On Nov. 14, 1942, Eugene married his sweetheart Margaret (Anderson), and moved to Fence to start a small dairy farm. Together they enjoyed the ups and downs of 67 years of marriage until Margaret passed away in June 2010. Together they had four children, Stanley, Jim, Tony, and Kris.
In 1956, Eugene received a diploma from DeVry Technical Institute for television repair. He operated the dairy farm with Margaret and their children, while also owning and operating Gene's T.V. Repair until the late 1960s. He then went to work for Systems Controls, a former subsidiary of MJ Electric in Iron Mountain, from which he retired in 1984 to pursue his pastimes of hunting, fishing and being surrounded by nature.
He always wanted to leave his land in better shape than when he received it; to that goal he was a success. He planted thousands of trees on his land and in 1984 started a small maple syrup making operation - Northstar Sugarbush, which is continued today by his son Tony.
Eugene is survived by his sons, Tony Dziewiontkoski, Jim Jaye, and Shane (Amanda) Retherford; daughter, Kris (Scott) Riutta; granddaughters, Laura Dziewiontkoski, Teri Guerts, Lori Martin, and Shannon (Bryan) Stith; grandsons, Geoff Riutta, Philip Adams and Austin Retherford; great-grandchildren, Abby, Calla, C.J., Kayler, Rachel, and Rebecca; brothers, Sigmund and Anton; special sons, Ken (Norma) Venkler and John (Pat) Durham; and special grandchildren, Kevin and Kristin Venkler.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Margaret; brothers, Edward, Louis Dean, Vital, and Stanley; sister, Stella; and son, Stanley Dziewiontkoski.
He is deeply missed by his family and friends.
Services were held Saturday, April 6, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Armstrong Creek, Wis. Visitation was held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mass followed at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at the Hill Side Cemetery in Fence at a later date.
Weber-Hill Funeral Home of Crandon, Wis., is assisting the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, financial contributions may be made in Eugene's memory to St. Stanislaus Church.