Carl J. "Specks" Bielewicz, 91, of Kenosha died on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Hospitality Nursing and Rehab Center.
Born in Kenosha on October 7, 1920, he was the son of the late Antoni and Julia (Sielecki) Bielewicz. He attended Durkee Elementary, Lincoln Jr. High, and was a 1938 graduate of Kenosha High School.
"Specks" served in the U.S. Army from June 3, 1942, until his honorable discharge on October 22, 1945. He was stationed in New Caledonia, then serving at Camp Mc Coy from October 1950 until October 1951.
On October 11, 1952, he was united in marriage to Helen B. Gehl at St. George Catholic Church. Helen preceded him in death on December 22, 1964. On August 19, 1970, also at St. George, he was united in marriage to Lila (Stowell) Zeihen. She preceded him in death on September 29, 2008
"Specks" was employed with A.M.C. for 30 years, retiring in 1985 and also had bartended at Chet's Sports Bar on 7th Avenue for many years. In his earlier years, he was employed with Bell Clothing and was the assistant Physical Director and Swim Instructor at the KYF. He also enjoyed his time serving as the time keeper with the Kenosha Golden Gloves
A member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, he had served as the President of the Holy Name Society at the former St. George Catholic Church, served as an usher at St. George and as the President of St. George's Athletic Association.
"Specks" will be remembered for his love of and involvement with the Kenosha County Old Timers Baseball Association, where he had served the group as its President/Vice President and as the Chairman of the Associations "Hot Stove League" dinner for many years. He was also a member of the PLAV James Smelcer Post #34, St. Jude League of Kenosha County, and the Bradford Alumni Association.
He is survived by his two sons, Karl (Kim) Bielewicz and Robert (Juli) Zeihen; his two daughters, Karla Bielewicz and Linda Naidicz; six grandchildren, Kevin (fiancée-Ashley McTernan); Andy (Sharon) Ciskowski); Brian and Kristina Naidicz; and Sydney and Jenna Zeihen, and his sister, Mary (Emerald) Knudson.
Along with his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys Gergel and Louise Widmar, and a brother Edwin Bielewicz
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Interment with full military honors followed in St. George Cemetery. A visitation was held on Friday, April 20 at the funeral home. PLAV Post #34 conducted services on Friday, as well.