Lance Cpl. Dean David Opicka

Nov. 2, 1978 - April 14, 2008

Lance Cpl. Dean David Opicka, 29, of Waukesha, formerly of Casco, died Monday, April 14, 2008, while proudly serving his country in Iraq. Dean was born Nov. 2, 1978, the son of David and Donna (nee Kinjerski) Opicka.

Dean was a 1997 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School and graduated from Carroll College in 2002. He was currently teaching at the Wisconsin Career Academy in Milwaukee and at ARCh (Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps), where he worked with adults with disabilities. Dean was serving his country in the Marine Reserves at the current time. Dean enjoyed playing softball and baseball, singing karaoke and spending time with his family. He was engaged to be married June 20, 2009, to Katy Bonkoski.

He is survived by his parents; his fiancee, Katy Bonkoski of Brookfield; his brothers, Daniel (Melissa) Opicka of Luxemburg, Douglas Opicka of Kentucky and Cpl. Darren Opicka of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; his godchild and niece, Kayla, and nephew, Derek Opicka; grandmothers, Magdalene Opicka and Leona Kinjerski; aunts and uncles, Dennis and Diane Opicka, Duane and Sharon Opicka, Dolores Gano (Aaron Krueger), Margaret and David Zellner, Frank and Laurie Kinjerski and Annie and Norb Zelewske; and many cousins and friends.

Dean was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald Opicka and Frank Kinjerski Sr., and also by a cousin, Michael Zellner.

Dean will be sadly missed by his family, fiancee and anybody who had the opportunity to meet him.

Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Luxemburg-Casco High School gymnasium, Luxemburg. Veterans walk through at 6 p.m. Wednesday, military services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and a prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation continues from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Luxemburg. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Milton Suess officiating. Burial will be in St. Adalbertís Cemetery, Slovan, with full military rites.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Deanís name has been established at Wiesner-Massart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 128, Casco, WI 54205.

For more information, please call the funeral home at (920) 837-7414.