Marcel “Jack” Sobotta
Marcel J “Jack” Sobotta 94 of Holmen WI went home to meet Jesus, his Lord and Savior on October 9, 2023 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 27, 1929, to Joseph & Mary Sobotta. On July 13, 1957, he married Ethel Pientok, wife of 66 years, at St Peter & Paul’s Church, in Independence, WI.
As a young man, Marcel attended St. Stanislaus grade school and then onto Arcadia High School. He served in the Korean war from 1953 – 1955 ranked as CPL. Marcel J. Sobotta. His assignments were prisoner exchange between North & South Korea. Military decorations include; Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He continued his service, enlisting in the Army Reserves until 1961.
Marcel “Jack” & Ethel operated a Family Dairy Farms for 9 years, inclusive of raising crops, milking cows, and running & maintaining all farm machinery & buildings. Marcel then attended Winona Area Vocational Technical School where he earned his certification in Auto Body Repair and started a job at Eversole Auto Body in La Crosse, then onto Denson’s Auto Body before he started his own business, “Sobotta, Auto Body” through 1983.
Jack & Ethel played music for over 65 years involving the entire Sobotta family in the band known as “The Joyful Sounds.” He also served as President of the Regional Wisconsin Country Music Association in the late 70’s. Jack’s musical interest & talents took him in a different direction. He attended Red Wing Vocational-Technical Institute where he became a Certified Instrumental Band Repair Technician. He worked at SSE Music until his retirement.
Jack & Ethel also formed a gospel band, “Hope Ministries.” They received a Service Award from Mulder Heath Care Facility in 2000. In 2008, Jack was presented the Community Volunteer Leadership Award and also received the Citizen Appreciation Award from the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department in 2011 in recognition for nearly 30 years serving in the La Crosse County Jail Ministry Program. “Hope Ministries” was also involved with the Prison Ministries within the tri-state area.
Community Involvement include; In 1997, Jack received his Membership Certificate at River’s Harvest Church and then in 2003 he received his General Ministerial License which lead to receiving his Lay Pastor certificate in 2008 at River’s Harvest Church as well.
“Jack” is survived by his Wife Ethel, children; Gerald Sobotta (Pamela) of Onalaska, Lynn (David) McCree of Arkansas, Ronald (Paula) Sobotta of Whitehall, Cathy (Tom) McClintock of Onalaska, and Rose (Gary) Roghers of Onalaska, WI. Grandchildren; Jamie (Nate) Wojciechowski, Lindsey Sobotta, Jared (Kristi) Sobotta. Great-Grandchildren; Eliot Wojciechowski and Allison Wojciechowski. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and numerous extended families.
“Jack” was preceded in death by one infant son Joey, his parents Joseph & Mary Sobotta, sisters; Clara, Jenny, Irene, Adeline, brothers; Conrad, Eugene, Cyril, Clarence & Everest “Bud” Sobotta, Thomas & Catherine Pientok (father & mother in-law), brothers in-law; Bernard & Leonard Pientok.
He will be sadly missed, but will always now & forever, remain in our hearts!
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska. Pastor Andy LeFebre will officiate. Military Honors will be held by the Onalaska American Legion Post 336 and the United States Army Honors Detail. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
The Family would like to extend sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Gundersen Hospice for their excellent care and compassion!