Gregory (Greg) Slowinski, age 80, of Stevens Point, formerly of Junction City, passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021, at Point Manor Assisted Living.
He is survived by his children, Glen (Debbie) Slowinski (Junction City), Tammy (Bob) Tortorici (Grayslake, Ill.), Mickey Slowinski (Junction City), and Lori (Steve) Wagner (Milton, Wis.). His surviving grandchildren include Kaylie and Jacob Slowinski, Philip and Carson Slowinski, Tyler, Courtney (fiancé Paul Cyr) and Ashley Wagner, and step-grandchildren Jennifer (Thomas) Kerchefski, Travis (fiancé Kelly Ziebell), and Nick Tortorici. Step great-grandchildren include Kyle and Clay Kerchefski.
Greg was born in Stevens Point, the fifth of nine children of Leo and Agnes (Bikowski) Slowinski. Greg grew up on the family farm in Millcreek. His surviving siblings include Delores (Norbert) Miller, Deloyd (Shirley) Slowinski, Leona Dekarske, Barb (Joe) Rybicki, Robert (Lucy) Slowinski, and Elaine (Leonard) Przybelski. He was preceded in death by his sister Loraine Wiernik, an infant brother, Richard, and brothers-in-law David Wiernik and James Dekarske, his mother and father, and an infant daughter, Marie.
Greg graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point in 1959 and worked for Felix Klismeth Construction after high school. He married June Blenker on June 23, 1962, in Junction City. They later divorced after having five children together.
After marriage, he worked locally at Consolidated Papers, while assisting part-time at Blenker’s TV and appliances. He then managed a Standard Oil delivery route before working in refrigeration and finally as an operator at Koch Refinery until the late ’70s. Later he was a helping hand at Tryba Farms. Most recently he enjoyed his time living with his caretaker, David Schroda, Dave’s son, Troy (Ashley), and their children.
Greg liked the outdoors including fishing, boating, hunting, and camping in his younger years. He was an avid softball player for Sadie and Jerry’s with his Junction City friends. His favorite establishments to visit were Club L&A, Bertha’s Bar, Blue Top, Jo Jo’s diner, and more recently Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebees, Culvers, and Texas Road House. He never stopped liking polka music or a drive in the country to the cheese factory with his brother-in-law and nephew, Nubbs and Kenny, or his fall Kapusta(cabbage) run with his son, Mickey. He took his daily walks sometimes with his son, Glen, stopping for a break on the chair/bench the neighborhood ladies set out just for him. He always enjoyed a trip to a local ice cream shop or diner for a good chicken or shrimp dinner or just a strawberry shake.
Memorials made to the family (attention: Lori Wagner) will be given in Greg’s name to an organization that provides research and education to help others suffering from anxiety and depression.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Greg will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Junction City at 11 a.m. Friends and family will gather to share memories from 4-7 p.m. on Monday at the Shuda Funeral Chapel, 3200 Stanley St. in Stevens Point. Visitation will also be held from 9-10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the St. Bartholomew Catholic Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.