John J. “Jack” Rolbiecki, 66, of rural Kiel died peacefully on Thursday morning, Sept. 17, 2020 after a struggle with cancer at Sharon S. Richardson Hospice with his family by his side.
Jack was born July 31, 1954, son of the late John and LaVerne “Vern” (Pukenis) Rolbiecki. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School and was a 1972 graduate of New Holstein High School. On April 8, 1978 he married the love of his life, Cynthia Anderson of Sun Prairie. He was employed with Tecumseh and Stoelting Brothers where he was a CNC machinist and held many union positions. For over 20 years he worked as a directing business representative for district 1250 and business representative for District 10 of the International Association of Machinists, retiring in 2014. After retirement, Jack liked to stay busy and took a part-time position as a custodian at Kiel Middle School, which he enjoyed every day. He retired in spring of this year because of his illness. Jack had a love for the outdoors—hunting, fishing, foraging for morel mushrooms, gardening and making hot sauce with his homegrown peppers. He also enjoyed many years as a master falconer. Jack was proud of his restored smokehouse, and enjoyed smoking fish with his close friends. Once known as “Captain Jack,” he played in many local bands throughout the years as a lead guitarist and vocalist. Most of all, he enjoyed every moment spent with his family, including his travels with Cindy. He was dedicated to his family, and adored by his grandchildren. Jack was a kind-hearted man, always willing to lend a hand. He was DIY to the extreme. There was nothing he could not fix or build. He was known to give the benefit of the doubt to everyone and advocated for the working man and woman throughout his union career. His family and friends will miss his wry sense of humor.
His example inspired in his children a lifelong love of music, a deep appreciation for nature, strength of self and spirit, love and dedication to family and friends, and the determination to live a life of meaning.
Jack is survived by his wife, Cindy; two children, Justin Rolbiecki (Chelsey Bills) and Shannon (Bryant Mason) Rolbiecki; two grandchildren, Hazel and Sebastian; sisters Cheryl Zaborsky, Nanci (David) Geiser-Nichols, Jill (Scott) Rady, Wendy Rolbiecki, Mary (Steve) Bowser, Kristi (Christi) Skrinska; mother-in-law Ruth Williams; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ed Sherman, Sharon (Michael) Curry, Rick (Gary Waters) Anderson, Steven Anderson, and Jerrod (Toni) Henschel. Jack is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Sue Sherman; father-in-law Gene (Marlene) Anderson; and father-in-law Robert Williams.
A private service will be held for immediate family and “A Celebration of Life” for extended family and friends will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Care Center as well as Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the compassion and care shown to Jack and his family.
Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.