September 23, 2014

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Richard John "Dick" Bertzyk Print E-mail

May 3, 1930-Jan. 2, 2014

Richard John “Dick” Bertzyk, 83, Wautoma, went to the Lord on Jan. 2, 2014.  He was born on May 3, 1930 in Browerville, MN, to Vincent and Pauline (Kaas) Bertzyk.  The family moved from Minnesota to Milwaukee in 1936.  Dick and his brother Bob moved to Wautoma in 1946 to start their Ice Business.  Dick married the love of his life, Rita Seaman, on July 21, 1962.  Together they enjoyed their home in Wautoma for 51 years.

Dick had a very likable personality and a witty sense of humor.  He loved woodworking and fishing.  During his retirement he enjoyed “tinkering” on old lawn mowers.  Dick was a man of few words, but when he spoke he shared his wit.  Dick was employed by Rockwell International Axle Division of Oshkosh for 34 years.  During his retirement he worked part time as janitor for the Wautoma School District.  Other places of employment were Chapman’s of Berlin and Speed Queen of Ripon.

He is survived by his wife: Rita; daughters: Jean (Harvey) Knudtson, Lisa (Randall) Fritz, Theresa “Tracy” (Steven) Scharenbroch; sons: Richard Allen Bertzyk, Joseph (Tammy) Bertzyk; grandchildren: John (Marie) and Brian Knudtson, Dennis Bertzyk, Travis and Cody Fritz, Corey and Rachel Bertzyk; great grandchildren: Keith and Kassandra Knudtson; Alaina, Bryce and Aiden Knudtson; Elizabeth Bertzyk; brothers: Donald (Kathy) Bertzyk and Vernon (Harriet) Bertzyk; brothers and sisters-in-law: Patricia Bertzyk; Mary Ann Bertzyk;  Bernard (Nancy) Seaman; Barbara (David) Eagan;  Nancy Seaman; Richard (Louise) Seaman; and Rose Ann (Ronald) Roggow.  He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Vincent and Pauline; brothers: Robert (Angie) Bertzyk, Harold Bertzyk and Lawrence Bertzyk; nephews: Lawrence Bertzyk II and Ricky Eagan; great-grandson: Brian; in-laws: Carl and Joanne Seaman along with Joanne’s second husband, Alfred Smasal; brothers-in-law: Lawrence Seaman and Donald Seaman.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sat., Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Redgranite. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

The Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma is assisting the family with arrangements,


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