Details for James T. Korotko
James T. Korotko, age 77, of Janesville, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home following a 3½ year struggle with cancer. Jim was born in Milwaukee on July 11, 1940, the youngest child of Walter and Dorothy (Schnell) Korotko. He graduated from Riverside High School in 1958, and enlisted in the Army National Guard. In 1961, his guard division was called up for a one-year tour of service in the state of Washington during the Berlin Crisis. Jim served as a cook, feeding hundreds of soldiers every day. After this tour, he continued to serve in the guard for 8 years, and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. On December 30, 1961, while stationed in Ft. Lewis, WA, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jeanne Schultz. The young couple settled in Whitefish Bay, WI, where their sons, Todd and Scott, were born. Jim worked as a meat department manager for A&P in many of their Southeastern Wisconsin stores. In 1978, the family relocated to Janesville, with dreams of starting their own business. Jim and Donna opened Cue & Cushion in the old Red School House Restaurant on Milton Avenue. The business grew and they moved to a larger location in the Creston Park Mall. The Creston Park fire in 1991 caused considerable damage to their store but they rebuilt and reopened. In 1992, Jim and Donna moved their business to a larger location on Highway 14 near Shopko and renamed it C & C Leisure Store. They remained at this location until retirement in 2007. Jim is fondly remembered for his gift of storytelling. Like a fine wine, his stories only improved with age. Jim is also remembered for his love of feeding people. His ribs, beef tenderloin, soups, and Pavlova were some of his family’s favorites. If his grandkids were coming over, Jim was known to make enough chocolate chip cookies to feed an army, literally. Most of all, Jim is remembered for his kind and generous heart, and how he loved to make people happy with laughter and good food. Jim will be deeply missed by his sons, Todd (Lori) Korotko of Oro Valley, AZ and Scott (Cathy Wendtland) Korotko of Clinton; cherished grandchildren: Michelle (Tim) Reamer, and Ryan, Tyler and Zoe Korotko, all of Arizona; brother, Gerald (Maria) Korotko of Mukwonago; sister, Doris (Dale) Henning of Janesville; very dear friends, Gerald and Joyce Werlein of Germantown; and many other dear relatives, friends and work associates. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved wife, Donna. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jim's name to St. Elizabeth Nursing Home, Janesville. For online obituary and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com The family wishes to thank Dr. Amit Sanyal and his team at SSM Dean Clinic, for all the kindness and great care given to Jim and his family. Also, thank you to everyone at St. Elizabeth’s, for the comfort extended to Jim during his final weeks, and Agrace Hospice Care for their support.