GOODMAN, Wis. - James P. Ziolkowski, 77, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away Sept. 17, 2012, in Warsaw, Poland, while on vacation.
Jim was born June 2, 1935, in Goodman, Wis., to the late Walter and Mary (Slowik) Ziolkowski. He graduated from Goodman High School in 1952; earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1956 and earned his master's degree in special education from Arizona State University.
Jim married Carmen Fontes on June 2, 1962, in Hermosillo, Mexico. He was the director of special education for Area XIII for 23 years and was instrumental with raising funds for the VODEC building in Council Bluffs.
Jim was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Lions Club, where he served as past president.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Ziolkowski; and sister-in-law, Etoile Ziolkowski.
Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carmen Ziolkowski of Council Bluffs; brothers, Harry Ziolkowski of Lewiston, Mont., Ed (Sharlynne) Ziolkowski of Glendale, Ariz.; sister, Elinor (Jack) Werle of Naperville, Ill.; sister-in-law, Gloria Ziolkowski of Merrill, Wis.
Recitation of the Rosary was held Tuesday at 6 p.m., followed by visitation with the family until 8 p.m., at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel.
Mass of Christian Burial was held today at 10:30 a.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Fr. David Fleming, pastor, as the celebrant.
A lunch will immediately follow at the Walnut Hill Reception Center, 1350 E. Pierce St.
Interment will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at 9 a.m. at the Glenwood Cemetery, Goodman, Wis. Deacon Jerry Cross will conduct the committal rites.
Memorials are suggested to VODEC, 612 South Main St., Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503 and St. Patrick Catholic Church.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is handling the local arrangements.