Michael J. Ponkauskas, Orfordville, WI
September 16, 1943 - November 14, 2017
Michael J. Ponkauskas, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born on Sept. 16, 1943, in Joliet, IL, to Joseph & Lucille (Schwab) Ponkauskas. After graduating from Lockport High School, Michael enlisted in the United States Air Force. While stationed at Ellsworth Air Force base in Rapid City, SD, Michael met his love Donna (Morey) and they married on March 26, 1965. Michael and Donna had three sons Joe, Jeff and Jim. Michael worked for 3M Corp. and retired in 2002, after working 32 years for General Motors Corp. He was a member of the Orfordville Fire Department for over 25 years where he was a charter member of the Orfordville EMS. He also belonged to the Orfordville American Legion Post 209. Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time up north. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Michael is survived by his wife, Donna; sons: Joe of Evansville, Jeff (Natalie) of Brodhead, and Jim (Michelle) of Orfordville; grandchildren: Amanda (Chris) Lexow, Derrick Ponkauskas and Josh Ponkauskas; siblings: Eugene, Richard, Rosemary, Genevieve, Beverly, Stella, Pamela and Joann; brothers-in-laws, Gary and Darrold; and sister-in-law, Glenda. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at NEWCOMER-SILVERTHORN CHAPEL ON THE HILL, 3008 S Coon Island Rd, Orfordville, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, with Rev. Peder Johanson officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Saturday.
The family would like to thank his team of physicians and nurses from the Beloit Hospital, Beloit Clinic and Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. Memorials can be made to the Heart Hospital at Beloit Memorial Hospital. NEWCOMER-SILVERTHORN CHAPEL ON THE HILL, Orfordville (608) 879-2333.