Obit: Oblak, Edward (1923 – 2019)


Surnames: Oblak, Joseph, Henigman, Meer, Manthe, Thaler, Wehrman, Purcell, Zupanc, Steinke, Renko

Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) 22 May 2019

Oblak, Edward (27 MAY 1923 – 27 APR 2019)

Edward Oblak, 95, Loyal, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at his home. A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, on Saturday, May 25. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate, and burial will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date. Military rites will be conducted by the Loyal American Legion Post #175. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Edward Oblak was born on May 27, 1923, in Duluth, Minn., the son of Anton and Mary (nee Henigman) Oblak. He was raised and received his education in Duluth, where he graduated from high school. Ed then attended two years of college before entering the U.S. Army Air Force on Oct. 1, 1942. He attained the rank of sergeant, and after his honorable discharge on Nov. 8, 1945, moved to Milwaukee where he worked at Kearney & Trecker. Ed was later employed with AC Spark Plug in Milwaukee, where he was an inspector and worked on the N.A.S.A. Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects of putting a man on the moon. He married Joan K. Meer on April 11, 1953, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee. In 1972, they moved to Loyal and purchased the Stein Haus Bar, which he and his wife operated. Ed was also employed at Land O’ Lakes in Spencer in the maintenance department until retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Loyal American Legion Post #175. Ed had many interests, but especially loved religion, spending time with his family, and watching sports and game shows.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Joan “Ma” Oblak, of Loyal; six children: Terry (Chuck) Manthe of Spencer, Edward J. “Chipper” (Sue) Oblak of Slinger, Cindy Thaler of Kenosha, John (Cheri) Oblak of Loyal, Julie Oblak of Marshfield, and Jenna (Mike) Wehrman of Loyal; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Annie Purcell of Duluth, Minn., and Jean Zupanc of Greensburg, Pa.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter: Heidi Oblak; one son: Greg Oblak; a son-in-law: Gary Thaler; two sisters: Fran Steinke and Marion Renko; and two brothers: Jim and John Oblak.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ed’s name for a memorial to be established at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.



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