Timothy James Vondrasek “Snork/Vondo”
Tim Vondrasek, 54, of Trempealeau, WI passed away on January 1, 2024, after a short, difficult battle with cancer.
Tim was born on September 12, 1969, to Richard and Janet (Ebersold) Vondrasek in La Crosse, WI. Tim graduated from G-E-T High School in 1987 and years later went on to study at Western Wisconsin Technical College.
In 1991, Tim met the love of his life; his “She”, Shelley Gabrych in Dodge, WI during the annual Dodge Sportsmen Ice Fishing Contest. They married in 1994 and welcomed the joy of their life, Trenton James in 1995. Together, the three of them built a beautiful life and home in Trempealeau, WI.
Tim was a long-time manager at Winona Lighting and then left to help others find a career at Express Personnel. Through that role, he was introduced to Norwinn Company, and it was there he would find his true calling. Eventually, Tim became an owner of the company with his business partner, Jason Mlsna. Together they have grown Norwinn into an even greater organization, focused on doing great business and creating career opportunities for so many. Tim was a natural leader, who quickly earned respect and admiration from his colleagues for his dedication and commitment.
Tim was also generous with his time, volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse. He looked forward to mentoring youth groups, teaching them essential etiquette and life skills. His involvement with the Village of Trempealeau annual town lights on first peak was also well known, a tradition he was honored to take on after his Uncle John passed away.
“Live Fast” was a motto Tim lived by “It’s not about speed, It’s not about being in a hurry”. Many would agree that is exactly how he lived his very full life. He embraced life with open arms and approached everything with courage and adventure. He was an avid outdoorsman and cowboy at heart, passionate about hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking and taking in everything the outdoors had to offer. His adventurous spirit was evident in his love for such activities, which he often shared with his family and friends. His stories of these outdoor adventures were a testament to his bravery and passion for life. He also enjoyed playing baseball through the majority of his life, a passion originally instilled in him by his mom. His baseball skills continued to advance throughout his adulthood, so much so, other teams attempted to recruit him for his impressive pitching skills.
Tim was a connector of people and made everyone feel like they were family through his warm, inviting demeanor. He lit up every space he entered and had a unique ability to make you feel like the most important person in the room. Tim was a mentor and a leader to so many, positively impacting everyone who gravitated to him. His smile and laugh were often described as contagious, and he could quickly get the attention of everyone around him with the stories he shared.
Tim was preceded in death by his Mom Janet, Uncle John & Aunt Carol (all of whom were very special to him), grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his loving wife, Shelley; son, Trent; Furbaby Boone; father, Richard; sister, Brenda (Jim) Canar; brother, Kevin/Butch (Marie) Vondrasek, nephews, nieces; many uncles, aunts and cousins.
A “Celebration of Life” gathering will be held at the Dave and Barb Skogen Boys & Girls Club in Holmen, WI on Friday, January 5, 2024, at 5pm until 8pm, with a program at 6:30pm. Please dress in honor of Tim by wearing casual, outdoorsy, or cowboy attire. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, an organization Tim felt strongly about. A special thank you goes out to the medical staff at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital, especially the nurses and palliative staff, as well as Jake Erickson, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse.
As Tim might say, it’s time to take a breath and quote Frank Costanza, “Serenity Now”.