Marquis “Mark” Emil Otradovec, 86, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, October 5, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay.
The second oldest of seven children, he was born on December 29, 1935, in Cicero, WI to the late Frank Albert and Alvina Mary (Malueg) Otradovec. He graduated from Gillett High School in 1954 and then attended Oshkosh State University graduating with a degree in Education.
After a stint in teaching, he joined the Marine Corps and proudly served until his honorable discharge in July of 1964. He then pursued work in various construction positions across the US. Upon returning to Wisconsin in November of 1969, he joined the Iron Workers Local 8 where he was employed for over 30 years and was an honorary member in retirement.
He married Judy Pigeon on Sept. 11, 1971, at St. Phillip’s Parish. They celebrated 51 years of marriage this year.
His pride and joy were his three children and five grandchildren. He celebrated their accomplishments and bragged about them to anyone willing to listen. He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing innocent pranks on them to get a laugh or to show his affection.
For sport, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing but most of all playing cards. His favorite games were Sheepshead, Smear, Cribbage and Poker. Mark was also a well read and passionate individual and loved to engage in conversation with anyone he met providing his unsolicited advice.
Mark is survived by his wife Judy, their three children: Todd Otradovec, Green Bay; Kevin and Anna Otradovec, Kaukauna; Lisa (Otradovec) and Micah Ross, Appleton; three grandsons, Aidan, Chase and Grant Otradovec and two granddaughters, Moira and Keira Ross; two sisters, Helen Coffman and Barb Guhse and one brother, Myron Otradovec. He is further survived by his in-laws, Ron and Sonja Pigeon; Carol and Todd Detert; Richard and Cheryl Pigeon and Mary Jane and Paul Heim. Other survivors include many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Genevieve Pigeon; twin sister, Mary Otradovec; two brothers, Jim Otradovec and Tony Otradovec; one brother-in-law, Jim Coffman and two sisters-in-law, Corrine Otradovec and Vicki Otradovec.
Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 11, with a prayer service ending the evening at 7 p.m. led by family friend, Gary Crevier. Visitation will continue Wednesday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 3425 Willow Rd. from 9:30 am until 10:45 am. Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at the Church with Rev. Dennis Ryan officiating. Entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepard Mausoleum. Online condolences may be sent to Mark’s family at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of floral expressions, gifts may be made out to: HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Foundation with “In memory of Marquis Otradovec” in the memo line. Please send to P.O. Box 11706, Green Bay, WI 54307.
The family would like to thank the Emergency Room doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital for their efforts.