Richard J. Lasiuk, 87

Richard Joseph Lasiuk, age 87, of Hudson, WI, father of Joanie Lasiuk of Waverly, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 11, 2017, at the Christian Community Home in Hudson.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI. There will be visitation from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, prior to the Mass.

Services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI; www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

Richard was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Thorp, WI, to Stanley and Josephine (Blenasz) Lasiuk. He grew up and attended school in Thorp.

Rich met the love of his life, Mary Ann Olocki, at a polka dance, and they were united in marriage June 16, 1953, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Thorp. The couple was blessed with six children, Debbie, Jazzelle, Rick (Richard Jr.), John, David, and Joanie.

The family made their home in Thorp, where Rich owned and operated Electronic Engineering Service, a television repair business. He was responsible for bringing color television to Thorp.

In the mid ‘70s, Rich took a job as an electronic engineer for WEAU television in Eau Claire, WI. During his time at WEAU, he helped maintain the 2,000-foot Fairchild television broadcast tower, and enjoyed continuing education and certification classes held in Madison.

Rich retired in 1996, allowing him the freedom to spend more time with family and travel; Rich and Mary Ann often spent their winters in Hawaii or Florida.

A driven and very accomplished man, Rich built three houses for his family to live in, and created a television repair shop he worked out of in Thorp. He also remodeled the inside of a church in Fall Creek.

Rich enjoyed smelt fishing on Lake Michigan, as well as simply motoring around Lake Holcomb on his homemade pontoon boat. He had a passion for ham radio and model trains, and sometimes went out of his way for the chance to see a steam locomotive.

Rich was a devoted Catholic and faithfully attended Sunday Mass.

He will remain in the hearts of his children, Debbie Kazle, Jazzelle Lasiuk, John (Rose) Lasiuk, David Lasiuk, and Joanie Lasiuk; daughter-in-law Shawna Lasiuk; grandchildren Leah Lasiuk, Sarah (Mike) Warburton, Anna (John) Tetrault, Alexander and Zachary Lasiuk, Ariel (Darrin) Blanchette, and Jordan and Shelby Kocher; a sister, Genevieve Petranovich; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Rich was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; son, Rick Lasiuk; son-in-law, Larry Kazle; sister, Helene (Fred) Opoka; and brother-in-law, Jim Petranovich.

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