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Donald Hamerski Passes Away

Donald George Hamerski, age 77, of Plover, WI, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, surrounded by family. He was born in Polonia, WI, on January 6, 1939. Son of the late Joseph Dennis Hamerski and Johanna Francis (Kaminski) Hamerski.

Donald served in the United States Army National Guard and was called up for active duty in 1958 and 1961. He was released from active duty and returned to Wisconsin to serve out his remaining service obligation.

Donnie married his beautiful bride, Mary Piorkowski on November 30, 1968, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church Plover.

Survived by his wife, Mary (Piorkowski) Hamerski, his children, Jon (Dawn) Hamerski, and Lori (Daniel) Hoerter, and his grandchildren, Trent and Taylor Hamerski, and Ashley, Katie, Gabriel, and Elijah Hoerter. Also survived by his sisters, Gerry (Larry) Stuczynski and Irene O’Brien. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Jr. Hamerski, and sisters, Marlene Hamerski and Rita Bannach.

Donald was the proud owner of Hamerski Farms. He was extremely honored to receive the Century Farm Award from The Rural Life Committee of the Diocese of Lacrosse in September, 2013, for being in business for 100 years. Donald was a member of St. Bronislava Parish, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and committee member to build the new church.

He served as the Portage County Drainage Commissioner for 27 years, served on the Portage County Planning and Zoning Committee, was a board member for Mount Morris Insurance Company, a member of the WPVGA, member of the Elks Lodge, and a previous Lions Club member.

Donnie was a very loving family man and beloved friend. He was known to many as a very generous contributor to countless charities in Wisconsin. He enjoyed bowling, was a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan, and a great storyteller.

He never missed an opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face. His most treasured accomplishment was the farm. It not only allowed him to work with and provide for his family, but truly gave him peace and joy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday August 15, 2016, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church 3200 Plover Road Plover. Rev. Edward Shuttleworth & Rev. James Trempe will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in the parish cemetery.

Visitation on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. AT THE CHURCH and again on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service AT THE CHURCH. Parish rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Pisarski Community Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com

In Lieu of flowers, there will be a memorial established in Donald’s name, to be determined at a later date.

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