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Cory James Kaczmarek

March 17, 2023 | 11 comments

Cory James Kaczmarek of Onalaska, WI (formerly of Elroy, WI) is now at peace.  He sadly left us on March 8, 2023 at the age of 39, but his generous heart and quirky sense of humor will never be forgotten.

His spirit will be carried on by his mother, Julie Kaczmarek; father, Matthew Kaczmarek; sister, Heather (Mark Every); honorary sister, Amy (Olson) Ortner; niece, Naveyah Simmons; nephews, Payton, Cooper and Teague Simmons; grandparents, James and Betty Lobenstein and extended family and friends of every walk of life.  He was preceded in death by, his grandparents, John and Joann Kaczmarek.

Cory always had the highest head in the room, standing tall at 6’6.”  In 1983, he was basically drafted by the Bucks in Mauston, WI, fresh out of the womb on August 22.  Cory however, would have preferred to have been a Brewer or a Packer due to his love of those teams.

Cory was such a special man with so much love to give, that he was married twice, to two very special women; Rachel Dopson and Kandis Gardner.  He was an amazing father to his step daughter, Emmah Larson.

Cory had many accomplishments to be proud of during his journey through life.  He started post-secondary education, worked many years at APAC, earned a vacation to Hawaii due to his accomplishments at Sprint and recently received a promotion in his banking career at Marine Credit Union.  He was always tinkering with something or helping people.

Knowing Cory was knowing the best man in the world.  He was generous to a fault.  He would give you the hat off his head and boxers off his butt.  His philosophy on life was, “It doesn’t matter what you have, it matters what you give.”  Everyone loved being around Cory.  He made friends with everyone and anyone.  He could make a complete stranger feel special.  Although our hearts ache and we yearn to see him one more time, we can find peace with the impact he made on so many lives and the special memories he left us with.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, followed by a remembrance service at 4:00 pm.




  1. Ed and Jody Decot

    We were so very sorry to hear of your loss. We didn’t know Cory but we knew his parents. No one should have to lose their child. We are thinking of the family.

  2. Kristy Brescia

    Heather and family I am so sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you?

    • Bonnie Suhr

      Julie and Heather I am so sorry for your loss ,This is so hard to handle ,I know hang on to memories,you have all my thoughts

  3. Kitty Howells

    I am so sorry Julie.

  4. Jane & Ed Ryan

    Deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear son, Cory. You will be in our thoughts and prayers! May Cory rest in eternal peace! The Paulson family will be thinking of you sweet Julie!

  5. Stephanie Haugh

    Cory was one in a million and we had some good times together. He will be missed dearly by so many. My condolences to your family in this tremendously difficult time.

  6. Larry ormson

    I am so sorry and huge heart ache, Terrible to lose Corey, praying all the family can make it day to day,it’s so sad

  7. Gwen Horstman

    Julie I am so sorry for your lost. You are in my prayers and thoughts. You take care of yourself.

  8. Bonnie Suhr

    Julie and Heather I am so sorry for your loss ,This is so hard to handle ,I know hang on to memories,you have all my thoughts

  9. Megan Farnum

    I thoroughly remember Cory…..playing cowboys and Indians with us neighbor kids on 2nd main of Elroy, growing up…..Heather used to babysit me. She usually brought him a long…….memories that will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to you and yours….❤️ Megan Farnum… previously Raiten.


    Dearest Matt and Julie,
    My condolences on your loss. May God be with you at this heartbreaking time. I am sure Uncle Arnie and Aunt Julianne were there in heaven to welcome Cory with open arms.
    All my love and sympathy, Cousin Janet Nemeth (Kaczmarek)

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