Bernard "Ben" John #2 (1937 - 2007)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Dobrzynski, Rataiczyk, Soborowicz, Rooney, Bekish, Wells
----Sources: Thorp Courier (Thorp, WI) October 3, 2007
Dobrzynski, Bernard "Ben" John (August 17, 1937 - September 28, 2007) Flag
Bernard "Ben" J. Dobrzynski, age 70, of Thorp, died at his home on Friday, September 28, 2007. A memorial Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in Owen, with Fr. Ben Franklin officiating. Cremainal interment followed in Old St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery, rural Thorp. Visitation was held at the church, on Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
Bernard John Dobrzynski was born on August 17, 1937, in Owen, Wisconsin, to Wallace and Marie (Rataiczyk) Dobrzynski. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Pineland School, the Thorp Catholic School, and graduated from Thorp High School in 1955. After graduating from high school, Ben enlisted into the U. S. Navy. After his discharge from the Navy, Ben was united in marriage to Stephanie "Steffie" Soborowicz on October 8, 1960, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church, rural Thorp. He worked several different jobs, including Owen Post Company, building barns and sheds for Mike Lew, Joe Lato Construction, and Ace Oil Company, before purchasing a farm in the Town of Hixon in 1961, where he farmed for 32 years. He then sold the farm and moved to a home near Bellinger.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, his trout pond, farming, and making wood.
Ben will be sadly missed by his wife, Steffie, of Thorp; one daughter, Dawn (Thomas) Rooney of Edgar; three sons: Michael of Withee, Robert (Kathy) of Withee, and Steven (Angela) of Osceola; six grandchildren: Ashlee Bekish, Wade Dobrzynski, Hayden Dobrzynski, Gabrielle Dobrzynski, Joshua Dobrzynski, and Sydney Dobrzynski; five step-grandchildren: Megan Rooney, Dustina Rooney, Thomas Rooney, Jr., Michael Wells, and Molly Wells; three step great-grandchildren; two brothers: Richard (Janice) Dobrzynski and James (Sandra) Dobrzynski, both of Cadott; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edward.
Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
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