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John Bigalke (b. November-18-1872, d. May-05-1957)John Bigalke was born November-18-1872 in Sharon, Portage Co, WI, and died May-05-1957 in Sharon, Portage Co, WI.He married Rosalia Woyak, daughter of Nick Woyak and Catherine Molski.
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Article published in the Monday, May 6, 1957 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Actual date of death: Sunday, May 5, 1957.
John Bigalke, 84, a lifelong resident on the Bigalke family homestead in the Town of Sharon near Polonia, died Sunday at 5 a.m. at the family home. Ill for the past three years, he remained active, however, until he died.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Polonia and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call after 6 o'clock this evening at the Dzikoski Funeral Home. Court No. 47, Catholic Order of Foresters, of Custer, of which Mr. Bigalke was a charter member, will recite the rosary at the funeral home this evening at 8 o'clock. On Tuesday rosaries will be recited at 7 p.m. by the St. Ezedore (sp.) Society of Sacred Heart Church and at 8:30 by St. Ann's Court No. 306, Woman's Catholic Order of Foresters, of which, Mrs. Nick Bigalke, a daughter-in-law, is a member. A general rosary will be recited Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Mr. Bigalke was born on Nov. 18, 1872, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Bigalke. On Jan. 16, 1899, he married Rosalie Woyak at Sacred Heart Church and they farmed on the Bigalke homestead continuously until Mrs. Bigalke died Sept. 27, 1945. Mr. Bigalke turned over operation of the farm to his son, Nick, nine years ago, and continued to reside there.
Active in church and community organizations, Mr. Bigalke was a charter member of the Forester court at Custer, a charter member of the St. Ezedore (sp.) Society at the Polonia Church and served as its secretary for 40 years, secretary of the Sacred Heart Church for 28 years, clerk of the public school district at Polonia for a number of years and Sharon town treasurer for 19 years.
He is survived by one son, Nick, on the homestead; four daughters, Mrs. Henry (Tillie) Kramer, Milwaukee, Mrs. Stanley (Sofie) Nevinski and Mrs. Stanely (Regina) Smilga, both of Chicago, and Mrs. Alex (Genevieve) Knitter, Custer; 22 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one brother, Theodore Bigalke, 214 4th Ave., and one sister, Mrs. Kate Andrews, Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, four sons, two of whom died as infants, one infant daughter, two brothers, one sister and several half brothers and half sisters.
Article published the Thursday, May 9, 1957 issue of the Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Services for Mr. Bigalke
Funeral services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia Wednesday morning for John Bigalke, 84, Town of Sharon, who died Sunday.
The Rev. Joseph Schulist officiated, and the Rev. Dominic Eichman of Torun was present in the sanctuary.
Father Schulist conducted burial rites in the parish cemetery.
Pallbearers, all members of St. Ezydor's (sp.) Society of Sacred Heart Parish, were Emil Repinski, Henry Repinski, Leo Nornberg, Peter Klopatek, Joseph, Kizewski and Raymond Kedrowicz.
Mr. Bigalke was a charter member of St. Ezydor's (sp.) Society and of Charity Court No. 47, Catholic Order of Foresters. Members of both organizations attended the services in groups.
Attending from a distance were Mrs. Chester Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Nevinski and family and Mrs. Stanley Smigla and daughter, Chicago, and Mrs. Henry Kramer, Milwaukee.
Children of John Bigalke and Rosalia Woyak are:
- Tillie Bigalke.
- Harry Bigalke, d. date unknown.
- Genevieve Bigalke.
- Sofie Bigalke.
- Regina Bigalke.
- Frank Bigalke, b. 1910, d. 1932.
- Nick J. Bigalke, b. June-13-1917, Sharon, Portage Co, WI, d. September-19-1990, Custer, Portage Co, WI.