ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Edward Richard Wojdacz, 87 years old, born on October 11, 1933, and passed away on May 5, 2021 surrounded by his wife and children.  We will remember him forever.

Edward was born in Milwaukee, WI on October 11, 1933 to Joseph and Bernice (Galkowski) Wojdacz. In 1953 he enlisted in the US Navy serving on the USS Luzon and USS Midway. During his service he received an unexpected letter from a young lady that he had never met and thus began a correspondence with the woman he would spend the rest of his life with.  He married Carole Jean Maduscha  on May 4, 1957,  in Milwaukee, WI.  The family lived in Milwaukee until the fall of 1963 when he and the family moved to Okauchee Lake.  

Once Ed retired from his job as a tool and die maker from Tower Automotive, he became a school bus driver for Oconomowoc Transport. Ed enjoyed driving the school bus for years. 

He enjoyed life on the lake working outside in the yard while Carole worked in the garden. Ed loved riding in his pontoon boat, fishing and even once in a while tried to water ski. He was famous for his waffles and everyone looked forward to getting an invitation to waffle Sunday. He was a passionate lifelong blood donor and donated 28 gallons by the time he stopped donating at age 84. In 2018, Ed was thrilled to get the opportunity to take an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. with two of his lifelong friends, Bob and Don, as well as his son, daughter and granddaughter. 

Ed was well known for his kindness towards everyone he met, his sweet tooth and his goofy sense of humor that would sometimes drive his wife crazy. He was a wonderful and loyal husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. Uncle Eddie was a favorite at family gatherings. 

Edward is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carole. Sons Michael (Pamela) and Gregory (Helen), daughters Christine (George) and Katherine (Jeremy), as well as his brother Donald (Patricia) and sister Kathleen (Albert), brother-in-law, Kenneth (Geraldine), sister-in-laws Janice (Attilio) and Geraldine (Robert).   He is further survived by his 8 grandchildren,  7 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bernice and his sister Joanne (Emery).

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Joan of Arc Parish at 120 Nashotah Rd, Nashotah, WI 53058. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am with mass beginning at 10:30 am. A luncheon will follow at Nicole and Nathan Stoppenbach’s house, 1355 Gridley Ct, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. 

Posted by Marsha Mash on May 14, 2021
What can I say about Ed? I can only say THANK YOU for your warm, welcoming smiles, your great, strong hugs, and your awesome bloody marys! You were truly an inspiration and example of what a man devoted to his family means. I am so grateful that you and Carole raised such a patient, loving daughter who became my son’s life partner. You blessed us with your life and love. You will always be in our hearts. Love you always. ❤️

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Posted by Marsha Mash on May 14, 2021
What can I say about Ed? I can only say THANK YOU for your warm, welcoming smiles, your great, strong hugs, and your awesome bloody marys! You were truly an inspiration and example of what a man devoted to his family means. I am so grateful that you and Carole raised such a patient, loving daughter who became my son’s life partner. You blessed us with your life and love. You will always be in our hearts. Love you always. ❤️
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Shared by Justin Joseph on May 16, 2021
I’ve been trying to think of something to write about my grandpa and it’s been difficult to put to words. He meant a lot to me through my 33 years. Thinking of all the memories, I could fill novels.

My memories range from when I was young and going over to grandma and grandpa’s after school and during summers to high school and my confirmation, with about a gallon of scented oil in my hair. More recently, going over with my daughter, grandpa’s birthday buddy. I have a life time of memories.

One memory that I will never forget is one of the times we went sailing. Grandpa’s yacht (okay, more of a dingy) was called sail-air because, well, it usually sailed in the air on its lift. We decided to go all the way across the lake a make it a three hour tour. Miraculously, we made it across and were about to continue our journey back to the house. All of a sudden, a gust of wind knocked grandpa’s hat into the lake. Without a thought,I jumped in to retrieve it. Grandpa let out one of his patented “jeeeeeeeeez” and let out the sail to bring it to a stop. I swam back to the boat and got in as if it were nothing. Grandpa was still trying to calm himself. He said, “Next time, let the hat go! I’m not a good enough sailor to turn the boat around to pick you up.” Of course, we laughed at that and still do. This is but one of the memories I’ll always carry with me about my adventures with grandpa.

I sure do miss you gramps.
Shared by Cindy Markowski on May 14, 2021
     One of my favorite memories of growing up in Wisconsin during the 60's, was going out to Uncle Ed and Aunt Carole's house on the lake for family gatherings. We cousins played lots of games in the yard, and I can recall drowning worms off of the dock...only occasionally catching a small 4" fish, which was promptly returned to the water. There was always a bountiful spread of food on long tables in the basement, and, I remember, lots of fun.
     Back then, Uncle Ed was also referred to by his nickname, "Dickie",  by my folks, and other adult family members. I remember, as a little kid, actually thinking I had two uncles, Uncle Eddie and Uncle Dickie. It was confusing to me, because they looked and acted alike. I think I was around ten years old when I finally figured it out. One thing I remember, he was always laughing, and he made sure there were plenty of things for the kids to do.
      After my family moved to Michigan in '69, we lost touch. We didn't reconnect until my mom passed away in 2014. Uncle Ed called me several times the following year, and we conversed like we had never been apart.                
      When I lost my husband at Christmas in 2016, Uncle Ed's calls increased. It was a great comfort to hear his voice, and to know he genuinely cared about how I was doing. He could always make me laugh about something during those calls. He helped me through some difficult times. I am very grateful that he took the time to do that. I will miss hearing his voice and his kind words.