Leonard Norbert Ciolkosz, age 83, born and raised in
Thorp, resident of Woodruff, passed away January
15th, 2018 in Minocqua, WI.
Leonard was born June 18th, 1934 in the Town of
Thorp, Clark County, the son of Louis and Victoria
(Opon) Ciolkosz. He grew up on the family farm in
Thorp. He then left to serve on active duty status with
the US Army from 1957 – 1959 stationed in Germany.
Upon return, he was united in marriage to Joanne
Slusarek on July 18, 1960. He purchased and owned
an Enco Gas Station in Chicago for 2 years before
beginning his career in the Transportation-Trucking
Industry. He first started at Sioux Transportation and
also Consolidated Freightways for twenty years in the
Chicago area. He ultimately finished his career with
Hyman Freightways, where he retired in 1996. Through
the years he held many titles such as a Working
Once retired he was able to enjoy retirement “Up North”
at their lake house in Woodruff, WI. Leonard enjoyed
fishing, hunting, gardening and planting his flowers. He
also enjoyed boating in his pontoon on the Chain of
Lakes in the Minocqua area. He was an active
parishioner and member of the Knights of Columbus at
Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff. Leonard was
also fortunate to take a trip to Poland where he stayed
with friends who showed him Wielopole Skrzynksie
Parish, the area where his family is from. He saw many
historical sites and learned how they farm in Poland.
He was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. But
most important to Leonard was his family and telling
stories about his past or the “right” way to do
something. He was always sure to tell his loved ones
“Love you more.” Leonard loved people and made an
impact on everyone he met.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joanne,
two sons: Richard of Collingswood, NJ and Thomas
Ciolkosz of Lovettsville, VA; three daughters: Pamela
Ciolkosz of Downers Grove, IL; Nancy Reif of Pooler,
GA and Jennifer (Scott) Waletzke of Cumming, GA; 9
grandchildren: Kimmie, Daniel, Jason, Megan, Olivia,
Addie, William, Andrew and Thomas; one brother:
Mitchell (Pat) of Bloomer, WI; one sister: Dolores
Patterson of Thorp and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers:
Ronald, Erwin and Edward and sisters: Virginia
Burzynski and Bernadette Jakubowicz.
A funeral mass will be held at 11am on Saturday,
January 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Czestochowa Catholic
Church - rural Stanley with Father Janusz Kowalski
officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Plombon Funeral Home –
Stanley with an 8pm Knights of Columbus service and
Saturday morning at the funeral home from 9:30am until
time of departure to the church.