Norbert was born June 26, 1928, the son of the late Bert and Laura (Konkol) Glodowski in the Town of Amherst, Portage County, WI. He married Sally Retzke on September 16, 1950. They had three children, Dan, Albert, and Karen. Sally passed away on May 22, 1966. Norb was drafted in January 1951 and served in the U.S. Army, 45th Infantry Division. He was a machine gunner in a Rifle Company of the 179th Infantry Regiment. He was sent to Korea where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart Medal. He received his wounds during a “suicide assault” on Old Baldy on his birthday, June 26, 1952. The assault was so intense that Norb’s two buddies on either side of him were casualties. Corporal Norbert J. Glodowski also earned the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), and two battle stars for participating in the Second Korean Winter 1951, and the Summer Fall Campaigns 1952. Upon his return from overseas, he joined the Active Army Reserves as a Military Policeman. He served with great distinction and earned the rank of Sergeant First Class before his discharge from Military Service. Norbert was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1037, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Elks and Moose. He graduated from Amherst High School in 1947 and also attended the Milwaukee Institute of Technology (MIT). He worked at Ladish Company and American Motors in Milwaukee. Norb retired from the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation after 27 years, where he served in several positions including as an Estimator Design Engineer. Norb married LaVon (Schei) Hanson on June 29, 1968 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Stevens Point, WI. Norb and LaVon traveled to Korea when his son, Dan, was stationed at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea. They toured Panmunjom and the Demilitarized Zone, where they viewed some of the battlefields that Norb fought in. They also traveled to Europe, Mexico, and cruised the Bahamas. Upon retirement and during the winter months, Norb would travel to St. Petersburg, FL. He would attend dances at VFWs, DAVs, and other locations. He enjoyed the warm weather of Florida and activities available. Norb was very talented repairing appliances for friends and family. He always had his tool box in the car.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 49 1/2 years, LaVon Glodowski of Waupaca; three children, Dan (Maggie) Glodowski of Indianapolis, IN; Albert (Liz) Glodowski of Waupaca, WI, and Karen (Duane) Bruns of Hortonville, WI; four stepsons, David Hanson, Jon Hanson, Paul (Vera) Hanson, all of Waupaca, WI and Bill (Chelsea) Hanson of Green Bay, WI; five grandchildren, Chaslyn, Jaron, Troy, Chase, and Natasha; six step-grandchildren, Teresa, Seth, Claire, Noel, Nicki, and Jacob; four great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Pierce, Blake, and Nicholas; seven step-great-grandchildren, Jaden, Mikaela, Aubree, Evan, Mia, Zeke, and Austin; two brothers, Raphael (Belvine) Glodowski and Bert (Millie) Glodowski, both of Amherst, WI; and one sister, Lorraine Klinkert of Stevens Point, WI. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Norb was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Laura Glodowski; his first wife, Sally Glodowski; a stepson, Michael “Waldo” Hanson in 2008; a step-daughter-in-law, Kathleen Hanson in 2017; and a brother-in-law, Gerald “Jerry” Klinkert.
A Funeral Service will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca, WI. A visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 8th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca with a Prayer Service to be held at 3:30 p.m. A visitation will also be held on Saturday morning from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery – Fancher. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the VFW Post #1037 in Waupaca, WI. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family wishes to thank all the doctors, nurses, LPNs, CNAs, and staff of the King Veterans Home for their dedicated and professional care of Norb. We also wish to thank VFW Post 1037, Holly Funeral Home for their support, and Father Dan Hackel and his staff at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel CC – Fancher. God Bless!