John E. ‘Jack’ Zalewski, 67


John E. "Jack" Zalewski, 67, of the town of Kewaskum, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on Dec. 20, 1942, in Milwaukee, the son of Thomas S. Zalewski Sr. and Kathryn Schubert. Jack was raised in Slinger by his aunt and uncle, Everett and Leah Schubert, and was a graduate of Slinger High School, where he was known as John "Jack" Schubert. Following high school, Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from May 1961 to May 1965. On Dec. 2, 1967, he was united in marriage to Diane Schmidt at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum.

Jack was a Master Certified ASE Auto Technician. He was employed by Schill Motor in Campbellsport from 1965 to 1973, Schwartzburg Chevrolet and Oldsmobile in West Bend from 1984 to 1992 and Herriges Oil in Kewaskum from 1995 until his illness in 2008. Jack also owned and operated his own business, J&J Auto Service, in Kewaskum from 1975 to 1983. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum and Moose Lodge West Bend 1398.

Jack enjoyed muscle cars, drag racing, horseback riding, riding his Harley motorcycle, camping at Horseman’s Park and had a soft spot for all types of animals. His pride and joy was his 1970 Chevelle, "Little Ditty." He attended many car shows over the years and made many friends at those shows, especially the Grand Larsony Classic Custom Car Show, which was held for Jack’s benefit in 2008.

Those Jack leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife, Diane; a daughter, Shawn (Scott) Zimmerman of Algonquin, Ill.; his mother, Kathryn Stranc of Kewaskum; his brothers and sisters, Tom (Barbara) Zalewski of Hortonville, Donald Zalewski of West Bend, Susan Hahn of Waupun, Paul Gruendeman of Modesto, Calif., and Jeanne Corallini of Fort Myers, Fla.; his parents-in-law, Harold "Shorty" and Ruth Schmidt of West Bend; three sistersin-law, Jane (Gerald) Rettler of Campbellsport, Joyce (Robert) Bernhagen of Kewaskum and Mary Cay Schmidt of West Bend; a brother-in-law, David (Karen) Schmidt of Hartford; his nieces and nephews, Ben (Heather) Rettler, Andy (Sue) Rettler, Melissa (Ricky) Kratz, Nicole Schmidt, Craig Bernhagen (also Jack’s God son), Anna Bernhagen, Joe Egerer and Chris (Kerri) Hahn; other relatives; many friends; and the family dog, Ja’Di.

Jack was preceded in death by his father and a brother-in-law, LeRoy Schmidt.

A Mass of Christian burial for Jack will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum with the Rev. Edwin Kornath officiating. Military honor rites by members of the Robert G. Romaine American Legion Post 384 Kewaskum will follow Mass, and burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of Mass.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Jack’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.millermartinfh.com.

Jack’s family extends their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Tim Fenske, Julie Pruett, NP, the staff on floors 4NT and 4 NW of Froedtert Hospital, the Day Hospital, the Kathy Hospice staff, also family and friends, the Zimmerman family, Rich Wondra, John and Linda Thorn and Sue Bales for all the care and support provided to Jack and his family.