Daniel Sparkowski passed away on Thursday, April 8th at age 84. He briefly had home hospice care and passed away with family at his side. Dan was born on September 23, 1936 in Cudahy, WI the son of Bernard and Helen (nee Walczak) Sparkowski.
After graduation from South Milwaukee High School, Dan attended MIT (Milwaukee Institute of Technology). Dan worked for Dude Auto Parts in South Milwaukee, WI for 17 years. Then owned and operated Mill Valley Garage in New Berlin, WI. His dream was to live in northern Wisconsin so he began a new endeavor Arbor Vitae & Machine, specializing in “early Ford V8’s and other older engines.” Dan spent many hours in his shop on Neff Road, enjoying tinkering with Antique Cars with his buddies. Dan attended many car shows and won many trophies.
Dan was an avid hunter, he went to Wyoming for 20 years to hunt Antelope in October with his two buddies in their motorhome. He also enjoyed Wisconsin deer hunting with his family in Beaver, WI. Dan loved the outdoors and always had a large vegetable garden that became small thru the years. Dan enjoyed reading a good book, especially military WWII. He spent many hours in his last years working on jig saw puzzles, watching baseball and football games, and assembling model airplanes.
Dan was an active member of the St. Germain Primetimers, enjoying their car shows, Snow Flake dances, dart ball and their limousine bus trips to many faraway places.
Dan and his wife were regular polka dancers for many years. They met a polka dance in 1975 in Milwaukee and made polka dancing a priority.
Dan is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughters Deborah McDonald and Laurie Flower and by 3 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and his two nephews Jim and Mark Starszak. He was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Helen Sparkowski and his sister Claudia Starszak and brother-in-law Ralph Starszak.
Memorial Gathering will be held on Tuesday, April 27th at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel in Woodruff, WI from 9:30 am till 10:45 am followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff, WI.
Please consider memorials to HYF Dr. Kate Hospice, Box 770, Woodruff, WI 54568.
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