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Walter "Sonny" M. Swoboda, Jr.

March 15, 1950 ~ July 22, 2022 (age 72)

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Walter “Sonny” M. Swoboda, Jr., 72, of Chippewa Falls, died Friday, July 22, 2022 at Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls surrounded by family.

            Wally was born March 15, 1950 in Chippewa Falls, the son of Walter F. and Helen (Langel) Swoboda.

            Wally served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 21 years with his base in Long Beach, California. He enjoyed visiting the many countries on his naval adventures where he eventually met Elisea Gresones, married, and had one daughter together. Later divorced but had a gracious relationship and raised their daughter, Jaclyn. After retiring from the Navy as Chief Petty Officer, he moved back to his cherished home state of Wisconsin. Wally was a supervisor for Donivan’s Vending Company for 17 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy Council 1257 in Eau Claire, the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Bishop Fulton J. Sheen Assembly, VFW Post 305, Chippewa Falls Loyal Order of Moose 246 and St. Olaf Catholic Church. Wally enjoyed many years as an active volunteer with the St. Olaf’s Men’s Club where he served as President and used his Chief Petty Officer skills to ensure Friday Fish Frys were running efficiently.

            Wally enjoyed socializing, playing cards, and making sure those around him were having a good time. He volunteered his time for many events with the church and supported many organizations with his generosity.

            Sonny is survived by one daughter, Jaclyn Yule (fiancé, Matt Mickelson) of Eau Claire; two brothers, Cliff and Tim (Lisa) Swoboda both of Chippewa Falls; two sisters, Jean (Dennis) Schindler of Colfax and Carol Woodbury of Rhinelander; two granddaughters, Katherine and Lillian Yule both of Eau Claire; and many nieces and nephews.

            Sonny was preceded in death by his very special friend, Janice “Chic” Ohms; his parents; one brother, Thomas Swoboda; former wife, Elisea Swoboda; nephews, Kevin Swoboda and Dennis Schindler, Jr.; and one niece, Roxanne Schindler.

            A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire. Rev. James Kurzynski will be celebrant of the Memorial Mass. Inurnment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in the town of Tilden. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.

            Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 28 at the church.


A Memorial service for Walter “Sonny” M. Swoboda, Jr. was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28 at St. Olaf Church in Eau Claire.

            Rev. James Kurzynski was celebrant of the Memorial Mass and officiated at the prayers of inurnment in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Tilden. Military rites were conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.

            The Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Bishop Fulton J. Sheen Assembly formed an honor guard.

            Music during the Mass was provided by pianist, Jan Liedl and cantor, Dale Smieja. A solo was sung by Doug Wozniak. Readings were given by Jesse James and Bobby Swoboda. Gift bearers were Becky Erickson, Mandy Knutson and Brigid Shipman.

            Urn bearers were Jennifer Ertz, Brady Schindler and Kristina and Matthew Swoboda.


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July 28, 2022

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire

Memorial Mass
July 28, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire

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