Daniel Wojtczak was born on April 6, 1934 to Leon and Johanna (Podlaszewski) Wojtczak and went to be present with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 3, 2023.
He grew up on the south side of Milwaukee where he attended neighborhood schools for elementary, junior high, and high school. He had a love of numbers in school and learned to play the drums. He played in the band, dance band and orchestra. At 12 years old he started a paper route, and did this for three years, making $7.50 a week, (which, according to Dan, "was a lot of money"). At 17 years old, he began working at Teledyne Wisconsin Motors as a blueprint boy, and worked his way up to Manufacturing Liaison Engineer. He met his future wife, Patricia Gasch, there at age 19, and married her in 1954 at 20 years old. She was 19 years old when they married. He remained working for Teledyne for 39 years, raising his family in Milwaukee until he and Pat built a house in East Troy in 1971. Dan and Pat lived there for 27 years until moving to Neillsville in 1998.
Daniel was an avid sportsman. He loved bowling, dartball, softball, hunting, fishing and golf. Golf was his favorite sport, as he even worked at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Cadott mowing the roughs, just to be on the course. He was a frequent spectator at high school football and basketball games. Dan looked forward to weekly car rides on the back roads of Clark County with his wife Pat, hoping to see a variety of wildlife, and then off to a local diner for breakfast or lunch.
He was part of the building crew for Living Hope Evangelical Free Church. Dan personally stained and varnished all of the woodwork for the church in his own basement. For several years, Dan and Pat copied and folded the weekly church bulletin.
Daniel is survived by his wife of 69 years, Patricia (Gasch), 5 children, Barb (Phil) Sparks of Mukwonago, Jeannie (Greg) Bull of Cazenovia, Judi (Tim) Kasun of Brookfield, Al (Jean) Wojtczak of Medford and Dean (Heather) Wojtczak of Cadott, sister, Bernadine (Wojtczak) Sommer of Milwaukee, 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Johanna (Podlaszewski) Wojtczak and brother, Eugene Wojtczak.
Funeral Services for Daniel will be held at 11:11 a.m., Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Steven Wentz will officiate. A private family interment will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery near Vesper, WI. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church.
Pallbearers will be Daniel's grandsons, Henry Wojtczak, Zach Wojtczak, Jonathan Kasun, Joshua Bennett, Matthew Bennett, Derek Bennett and Benjamin Sparks.
Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Daniel's family with Funeral arrangements.