John P. Dolezel, July 7, 1934 - March 1, 2019

John P. Dolezel
John P. Dolezel
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John Peter Dolezel was born to eternal life on March 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on July 7th, 1934 in La Crosse, WI to Matthias and Elizabeth Dolezel.  He was the fourth of five children in his family.  He attended Catholic Schools, graduating from Aquinas High School in 1952.  His strong faith in God came from his family and his upbringing.  He attended UW-La Crosse for one year before transferring to UW-Madison where he earned his Bachelor in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting in 1956.  He went on to earn his Certified Public Accountant accreditation.

He was drafted to the United States Army and proudly served from 1956-1958, where he spent one of those years stationed in Germany.  Following his honorable discharge, he worked for a couple of accounting firms for a short time before starting his 34-year career as an Auditor for the State of Wisconsin-Department of Revenue.

John married Janet Stewart on June 10, 1961 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Together they raised two daughters, Laura Dolezel of Eau Claire, WI, and Margie Ignarski of Chippewa Falls.  They resided in both Eau Claire and Cedarburg while raising their family.  John enjoyed his retirement years pitching horseshoes with the Eau Claire Horseshoe Club, hunting, fishing, playing dartball, and drinking coffee and socializing at McDonald’s.  He was an avid Packer, Badger and Brewer fan and loved talking sports with his family and friends.  He also enjoyed the companionship of Vicki Knutson for over 25 years, and together they enjoyed many trips and adventures together.  John has been a practicing member of Immaculate Conception Church in Eau Claire since 1983.

John is survived by his daughters, Laura Dolezel and Margie (Jim) Ignarski, Grandchildren, Elizabeth (Scott) Hammond, Kayla Dolezel, Matthew (Sharina) Meinholz, Zachary Meinholz, Alex Ignarski and Justin Ignarski and Great-Grandson, Grayson John “G-John”.  He is also survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Anderson and Margaret Niedzwiecki, both of La Crosse, and his special friend, Vicki Knutson.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and many friends.  John was preceded in death by his parents,  brother David Dolezel and sister Marian Dolezel, along with Brothers-in-Law Richard Anderson and Joe Niedzwiecki and Sister-in-Law Mary Dolezel.

John will be remembered for his abundant faith in God, his sound advice and his never-ending love for his family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Anton Kidess and his staff at the Eau Claire Medical Clinic for the exceptional care management and compassion they provided over the last several years.  They would also like to thank the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital and Oakwood Health Services for the exceptional care they provided during his final days and weeks.

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Father Francis Thadathil officiating.  Visitation will take place on Thursday from 4-7 pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home and on Friday morning at the church from 10 am until the time of service.  Entombment with military honors will take place in the Chapel of the Resurrection Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire immediately following the funeral service. Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Joan Everson March 9, 2019

    Sending my sympathies Laurie for the loss of your father. I know you had many fun times together.
    Hoping your memories of those times hold you through your loss.

  2. Lee Davison March 7, 2019

    John was a good friend and a good supervisor while I was auditing in Milwaukee with him. He will be missed.

  3. Arlene Forster March 7, 2019

    Dear Laura and Family--

    Dennis and I were so sorry to hear of John's passing. We fully intended to come to the wake, but Dennis' own health problems prevented us from doing so. I fondly remember John from his softball playing days with Dennis. And Dennis remembers him for all those years and for his connections with him at the IRS.

    Again, we are so sorry.

    Arlene and Dennis Forster

  4. Don Gilles March 6, 2019

    John was one of my oldest and respected friends I had. John and I started school together, went through K-12, graduated in June 1956 from the UW-Madison. After graduation, we were both inducted into the Army. After discharge, we hitched up again in Madison, we both worked there and ended up sharing an apartment for two or so years. We had golf memberships at the same course and spent many enjoyable hours there. We were always great Badger fans and some of the people we shared the football game fun with were two of his sisters and brother -in-law, Marian, Betty and Richard Anderson.
    John was a terrific guy, very intelligent and a great person to be associated with. We kind of drifted apart after we left Madison but I never forgot him and always had the most respect for the person he was. My deepest sympathy to his family, God bless him and all of you. May he rest in Peace.

  5. Nancy M Marek March 6, 2019

    Laura and Marge,
    I'm sorry for your loss. John was a good man.
    I'm glad I got to know him a little.

    Nancy (Wnukowski) Marek

  6. John and Betsy Ruesch March 4, 2019

    So sorry to hear about John. May we offer our prayers and deepest sympathy. We were fortunate to share John’s passion and fellowship while being a member of his beloved dart ball team. We regret that we can’t help celebrate John’s life as we are out of town. We will miss you John!

  7. Gloria Smith March 4, 2019

    I just saw on Facebook about your Dad, was really surprised, it won’t be the same at Eau Claire as he was always there saying GLORIA in his sing song way. So sorry Lorie and the family. I hope to be able to pitch in the tournament, the early bird, see you then Gloria

  8. Kevin Brekke March 4, 2019

    So sorry for your loss. I had many special moments knowing John on and off the Horseshoe courts. Our times socializing at a restaurant were precious and priceless. Prayers for the families and friends that knew him..

  9. John Olson March 4, 2019

    My sympathy to the Dolezel family. It was always enjoyable to meet and play horseshoe with John. God Bless you John and keep pitching in heaven.

  10. Jackie and Tom bachmeier March 3, 2019

    Knowing how special family is, our heart goes out to you. We are thinking of you and your family.

  11. Don and Barbara Hady March 3, 2019

    With deepest sympathy for the loss of your father

  12. Dean Kallenbach March 3, 2019

    When my nephew Luke and I joined the Eau Claire Horseshoe Club and the Saving Grace Dartball Team, John and Laurie went out of their way to be friendly and welcoming, and it never changed. Even though John was always friendly, he was also a great competitor -- I never managed to beat John in horseshoes, and even this year he was the second highest hitter on the dartball team with a .388 average. God bless the family -- may you all take comfort in the eternal life promised through the blood of Jesus Christ.