Michael P. Pleshek

Michael P. Pleshek, age 51, of Chilton, died on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. He was born August 16, 1959 in Milwaukee, son of Ruth (Weyers) Pleshek and the late Roger Pleshek. Michael married Annette M. Johnson on June 16, 1984, at Mt. Horeb Evangelical Lutheran Church. He began working in County Conservation in 1985; in 1993, Michael became a Calumet County Conservation Worker until starting employment at Ariens in Brillion.

He was an extremely intelligent individual, having earned two degrees from UW – Platteville; a BS in Reclamation in 1984 and a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 when he also became a member of the Order of the Engineer. His intelligence never stopped with formal education, though. He was a voracious reader which gave him insight and firm knowledge of many things; he often times considered himself “a cesspool of useless information.” Although some of the information may have been useless, it led him to be a multi-talented individual.

Anything Michael put his mind to doing, he was able to decipher the challenges that may lie ahead. He was always very active throughout his life as well. Michael was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in New Holstein, played rugby in college, and was a member of the LSP Fraternity in college, enjoyed hunting and fishing, made delicious wines, liked woodworking, took pleasure in music and guitar playing, and was an active member of the Calumet County Community Theater. Michael, whether he cared to admit it or not, was an extrovert. He always had a way with people that made them feel comfortable no matter what. He looked for the good in people and accepted them for who they were and where they were on life’s journey. His great sense of humor and gentle nature brought out the best in those lives he touched. Most of all, Michael will be remembered as a caring and loving husband and father whose presence in life will be truly missed. 

He is survived by his wife, Annette; his children: Anthony, Nathaniel, and Jenna; his mother: Ruth Pleshek; his mother-in-law: Maxine Johnson; a sister: Jean; his in-laws: Jerilyn (Bill) Faltz, Janell Narveson, and Burnett “Barney” (Stephanie) Johnson; nieces and nephews: Alexandria & Nicholas Donisch, Jarret & Kyle Faltz, and Alex Narveson; two grand-nephews: Dyllan & Hunter Faltz; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roger; his father-in-law: Burnett Johnson; and nephews: Andrew, Austin, and Elliott Johnson.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 18, 2010, at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 18, 2010. 

A scholarship fund has been established at the State Bank of Chilton in the name of Michael P. Pleshek for Higher Education.