WINSKI, Robert J.
Robert J. Winski of Decatur, formerly of Chicago, died Sunday, July 13, 2008 at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomingdale after a lengthy illness. Born Feb. 9, 1918 in Chicago, IL, to John J. and Mary Ann (Ross) Winski. He married Evelyn F. Idstein April 11, 1942. He graduated from Lindbloom High School in Chicago in 1937. He enlisted in the 106th Mounted Cavalry, the famed Black Horse Troop in 1937 and was trained as a blacksmith. Robert landed in Normandy on D-Day-plus-two and was honored for his service with the 955th FA BN in the Battle of the Bulge. He served in the armed forces of the United States, until retiring as a Captain from the Illinois Air National Guard in 1977. Robert worked for the Belt Railway Company of Chicago for 33 years, working his way up from switchman to yardmaster, before retiring in 1978 to move to Michigan. Robert is survived by his wife, Evelyn; three sons, Robert L. (Mary Beth) of Durango, CO, James A. (Sue) of Hoffman Estates, IL and Thomas E. (Bonnie) of Breeding, KY; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister (Virginia) and one granddaughter. Robert was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Paw Paw. He was a life member of the Retired Officers Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Decatur Post 6248, and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen/United Transportation Union. He was also a member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. The family will host visitation Sunday, July 20, 2008 from 6 to 8 PM at the Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday, July 21, 2008 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Paw Paw with military honors to follow. A one-hour visitation is scheduled for 10 AM Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Ahlgrim and Sons Funeral Home in Schaumburg, IL. Graveside services with military honors will follow at All Saints Cemetery in DesPlaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to: Hospice at Home, P.O. Box 990, South Haven, MI 49090.
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 7/16/2008 (Posted by a VOLUNTEER-NO family connection)