George J. Cmelak, 81
George J. Cmelak, of Antigo, died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Rosalia Gardens under the care of LeRoyer Hospice. He was 81 years old. He was born on January 19, 1938, in West Allis, a son of the late Joseph and Grace (Stoehr) Cmelak. He married Johanna Walentowski in 1964, she survives.
George worked for American Motors in Milwaukee as a lead driver. From 1965 to 1999 he worked for Printpack, Inc. in Rhinelander. George and his wife owned and operated Shady Brook Campground at Post Lake from 1978 to 2004, where they made lifelong friends they still stay in contact with today. After retirement they still held a seasonal spot at Shady Brook where George would spend many days fishing off of his pontoon boat, or just cruising down Post Lake.
He enjoyed being outdoors, landscaping where he was never seen without a hoe, rake or broom in his hands. He also enjoyed decorating his home for the holidays.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Johanna of Antigo; a sister, Theresa Kelly of West Allis; a sister-in-law, Alberta Cmelak of Elcho; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph, Robert, James and William; a niece, Colleen; and a nephew, Terrance.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will take place at a later date in the Elcho Cemetery.