William W. Oblizajek, 93, of Sylvania, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Kingston Care Center, Sylvania, while under hospice care.
William was born in Buffalo, N.Y, and grew up in Wheeling, W.Va. His father died while he was attending high school and William had to drop out of school to begin working to support his family. He was drafted into the United States Army during World War II, achieved the rank of sergeant and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was one of only two members of his squad that survived. He was awarded the Purple Heart. In recognition of William's service to his country, he was awarded a high school diploma from Sylvania Northview in May 2013, and enjoyed celebrating this special occasion with family, friends and classmates.
When he returned home from the war, William went to Detroit to seek employment. It was there that he met and married the love of his life, Betty Skowronski. They celebrated 60 wonderful years together.
His work and perseverance for the Neisner store led him to become store manager and eventually open and run one of their largest stores in Tiffin. William was an avid bowler and golfer. He experienced both a perfect 300 game and a hole-in-one. He showed his love for friends and family by crafting wood items and fixing things. William and Betty loved to polka dance and spent many weekends following their favorite bands.
He is survived by his three sons Kenneth (Peggy), Ronald (Ann) and Richard (Jill) Oblizajek and eight grandchildren Michael, Ben, Katie, Kelly, Jocelyn, Nicholas, Nathan and Meredith.
William was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his sister, Veronica Dolecki; and granddaughter, Madeline.
His funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania, where family and friends may gather one hour prior for visitation. At the conclusion of Mass, William will receive military honors by the United States Army. He will be laid to rest at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Mich.
Those wishing to offer memorials are asked to consider the Make It Happen program for Senior Independence Hospice or St. Joseph's Church.
Online condolences may be offered at www.reebfuneralhome.com.