George V. Pienkowski, age 94 of Rhinelander, died Oct. 6, 2017, at his home under the care of hospice. He was born June 15, 1923 in Gheen, Minn., to Frank and Clara Pienkowski.
George served in the Army during World War II. He landed with Allied Forces on Omaha Beach the third day of the Normandy Invasion. Pushing forward through France, Belgium and Germany, he was awarded three bronze stars and the Purple Heart for bravery in combat.
George is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Rhinelander; his children, Mary (Lawrence) Day of Elderon, Patricia Rathbun of Woodbury, Minn., George of Harshaw, Robert (Gloria) of Ramrod Key, Fla., James (Doreen) of Buchanan, Mich., Thomas (Evelyn) of DeForest, Paul (Deb) of Black Earth, and Daniel (Janice) Pienkowski of Rhinelander; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation for George will be held Oct. 12 from 5-8 p.m. followed by a parish prayer service at Hildebrand Funeral Home. A second visitation will take place Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m., and mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m., both at Nativity of Our Lord Church (St. Joseph site). Fr. Randy Knauf will be the celebrant. A committal service, followed by full military honors conducted by the Ray Rousseau V.F.W. Post #3143, Rhinelander and two representatives from the United States Army, will immediately follow the mass at Northland Memorial Park. (Hildebrand Funeral Home)