Cornelius “Kern” Gerald Kozlowski, age 85, of Wisconsin Dells, passed away peacefully with family by his side, at his home on March 19th 2013.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 25, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg, Wisconsin with Father Valentine Joseph celebrating. Cornelius will be laid to rest following the service at All Saints Cemetery in Dellona Township with military honors. Visitation will be held at the Picha Funeral Home in Lake Delton, Wisconsin on Sunday from 4 to 8 P.M. with the Rosary recited at 7 P.M. and on Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service at 11 A.M.
Kern was born March 2, 1928 in Dellona Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Sophia (Ryczek) Kozlowski. He attended school in Dellona Township rural schools. He served in the US Army, 25th INF DIV occupation force in Japan, attaining the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in December 1948. He returned home and worked a variety of jobs in construction, manufacturing and farming in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Dells and Elroy areas. He married Patsy Burdick of Elroy, WI, “the girl of his dreams”, on April 28, 1956. He started work for Scott (then Sarrington) Construction Company of Lake Delton. Kern retired from Scott Construction after 34 years of employment, as base crew foreman and grader operator, a job in which he took much pride. Kern was a co-owner of two Culver’s franchises near Indianapolis, Indiana. Kern was a parishioner of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Reedsburg and a charter, lifetime member of the Lake Delton Sportsman’s Club.
He lived most of his adult life on his 80 acre farm, just a mile as the crow flies, from the place of his birth. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed his favorite activities almost always in the company of his family and friends. Kern lived for hunting, fishing and gathering. A passion he instilled in his children and grandchildren. Over the years he owned and trained many good fox and coon hounds. Kern was an expert shot and fine fisherman and he kept his family well stocked in fish, wild game, wild mushrooms and black berries. He loved to smoke and process his own food. He tended beef cattle, dairy cows, pigs, ducks and chickens to supply his family’s table. He churned his own butter and winnowed his own navy beans and pressed his own sorghum. Kern was an avid gardener, and many delicious vegetables and fruit were grown by him to be canned by Patsy for winter or to be generously given away to relatives and friends.
Kern always left people and places in better shape than the way he found them. He was a lover of life and of nature. He was a natural teacher and conservationist. He planted thousands of trees in his lifetime. Kern loved to pass on his knowledge of local history, hunting, fishing and gardening to his children and grandchildren, by example and through stories. His wisdom will be sorely missed.
Kern was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Sophia (Ryczek) Kozlowski. Brothers, Dave Hudzinski, Frank Hudzinski, Harry Hudzinski, Roman Hudzinski, Ray Kozlowski, and sisters Celia (Hudzinski) Meyer and Agnes (Kozlowski) Peasall.
Kern is survived by his wife, Patsy (Burdick) Kozlowski of Wisconsin Dells. His children, Susan (Jeff) Brott, Reedsburg, Michael (Brenda) Kozlowski, Reedsburg, Deborah (Tom) Brylla, Reedsburg, Gerald (Barb) Kozlowski, Plainfield, IN, Kenneth (Kelly) Kozlowski, Wisconsin Dells and Karen (Michael) Krause, Mauston.
He is survived by sixteen grandchildren, Colton Brott, Clayton Brott, Julie (John) Choate, Brian Kozlowski, Eric Owen, Delsin Brylla, Whitsen Brylla, Natalie Kozlowski, Emelia Kozlowski, Sophia Kozlowski, Mary Kozlowski, Michael Kozlowski, Kenneth Krause, Alexander Krause, Myka Krause and Jael Krause.
He is survived by his brothers, Edmund (Beverly) Kozlowski, Elroy and Walter (Lela) Kozlowski, Wisconsin Dells, his sisters, Alice (Kozlowski) Bender, Elroy and Betty (Kozlowski) Proeber, Lake Delton, sister-in-law, Alta (Rhinehart) Kozlowski and many nieces, nephews, relatives and close personal friends, Mickey Owen and Gary Shepard.
In lieu of flowers memorials will be distributed according to the wishes of the family.