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Donald Palesh

January 1, 1928 — May 13, 2022

town of Hewitt

Donald E. Palesh, age 94, of the town of Hewitt, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, at his home.

He was born on January 1, 1928, in Chicago, the son of the late Joseph and Ella (Laffin) Palesh.  On June 14, 1947, he married Rozella “Rosie” Kalinke at Zion Lutheran Church in the town of Easton.  She preceded him in death on June 29, 2013.

Donald and Rosie were dairy farmers in the town of Hewitt while raising their four children, Gary, Michael, Greg and Penny.  He was a very hard worker who enjoyed hunting and fishing in his free time.  He really loved to work in the woods.  In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball in county league.

Survivors include his children, Gary (Betsy) Palesh of Hudson, Greg Palesh of the town of Hewitt, and Penny (Jim) Jirschele of Rothschild; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gerald (Ursula) Palesh of Woodbury, MN and Muriel Prahl of Weston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rosie, son Michael, and sisters, Elaine Czeck and Shirley Palesh.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 P.M. at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St. Wausau.  Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the town of Hewitt Fire Department.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce St, Wausau, WI 54401

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Graveside Service

Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Restlawn Memorial Park, St. Wausau

235962 N Troy St, Wausau, WI 54403

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