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Jan "Yon" Drewniak, of Pickerel, died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 56 years old. He was born on May 17, 1959 in Wroclaw, Poland, a son of Teresa Drewniak of Antigo and the late Andrezej Drewniak. He married Kathy Ewig on July 27, 2004.

While in Poland he received his degree in electrical engineering. He moved to the United States in 1981. He was employed at Oki Telecommunications in Florida and Georgia he then moved to California and was employed by Sony and Qualcomm. He owned and operated the Sunset Bay Resort on Pickerel Lake for 15 years.

He enjoyed boating, skiing, mushroom picking and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed the company and all the good time he shared with his patrons at the resort.

In addition to his wife and mother survivors include two sons, Robert Drewniak of Pickerel, Michael (Megan) Drewniak of Milwaukee; daughter, Angel Drewniak of Pickerel; step-son, John Scott (Maria) Schey of Ironwood, MI; step-daughter, Heather Ann (Joseph) Bazille-Grisius; seven grandchildren, Gage, Aiden, Kayne, Nikoli, Rowan, Jensen and Corbin; and a sister-in-law, Cyndia Ewig of Merrill. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins in Florida.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, May 23 at Sunset Bay Resort beginning at 3 p.m.

The Bradley Funeral Home is assisting the family.
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H Heather on May 21, 2015

This is a person that God put in my life 25 years ago. I only worked with him for about four years, but he helped change my life for the better. He was my first boss, and he helped me and supported me over come a seizure disorder. One time he took me to the doctors office. While waiting for my appointment I had a gran mal seizure and he was the only one in the doctors office that knew what to do with me. He also tried to teach me how to drive while I still had the seizures...I got pulled over for going too slow in the fast lane because he told me that I would learn better because it was harder to drive slower than fast. And when I found out I qualified for the research program at Emory to find a cure for my seizures, when my own family was trying to change my mind about following through with it, he continued to encourage me through it all. He didn't accept excuses, but pushed me to always do better. Guess his work on this earth is finished now. His spirit had been poured out from this physical vessel and now he is free. RIP, Jan Drewniak.



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