Feb. 27, 1961— Nov. 6, 2014
David “Dave” Kendzierski ended his journey on this earth November 6, 2014, at the age of 53 after bravely fighting for several weeks to overcome the effects of a stroke. He passed away surrounded and comforted by the love and presence of his family. Dave was born in Milwaukee on February 27, 1961, to parents Robert and Sonia Kendzierski. He graduated from Hamilton High School and fulfilled his dream of becoming an architect. He met his true love and partner, Lauri Poisson, and on November 27, 1985, they were married and enjoyed 29 happy years of commitment to each other and the four children that expanded and completed their family.
Dave had a profound love of nature. He was a hunter, fisherman, skier, and through his hard work was able to purchase a home in the north woods that became his sanctuary, where he and his family enjoyed all of those things that were dear to his heart.
Dave was a family man, a gentle giant adored by his wife, four children, fat fuzzy kitty, and the extended children that frequented his home and with whom he enjoyed sharing his outdoor toys. He was a man truly born to be a great father; his joy being the laughter of any child in his life and his greatest accomplishment the four beautiful children that he nurtured lovingly into adulthood. They are without a doubt his pride and his legacy. Dave was a dedicated worker and provider, starting his own company, Arc Design, through which he designed many hotels scattered throughout the United States. He was especially proud of his work with Cobblestone Hotels, another family that came to know the humble, determined and resourceful man that he was.
Dave is survived by his wife and soul mate, Lauri; his four children, Kevin, Erika, Claire and Celeste; his mother, Sonia Kendzierski; sister Joan Heintz; brother Tom (Mary) Kendzierski; and sister Connie Kendzierski. Because he cherished family, Dave was also a large part of the lives of father-in-law Ray Poisson and extended family, Sharon (Keith) Hanson, Ron (Sandy) Poisson, and Carol (Ken) Weeks. Dave enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews grow as his children did, including Jenny, Becky, Lyla, Kristin, Paul, Amy, Quinn, his little buddy Kyle, Mike, Anne, Peter, Sarah, Matt, Joey, Lawrence, Andre and Danielle. He always made them feel happy, valued and a part of every activity.
Dave’s final resting place will be in the north woods of Wisconsin, where he found such joy and contentment in life and where his spirit will be at peace.
Rest well, Dave, your work here is done but your story has not ended. The chapters will now be written by your wife and your children and the pages will be lively and filled with love, appreciation and wonderful memories of the man who was born to be a father.
In lieu of flowers, please consider performing a random act of kindness (or several) in his honor, or donations may be made to Camp American Legion, which Dave was proud to support on behalf of his Air Force daughter Celeste and niece Jenny.
The family invites you to join them for a celebration of Dave’s life today, November 13, from 6 pm to 9pm at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern, 505 Wells St., Delafield.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.