Craig Michael Iwinski
- February 26, 1948 - June 3, 2009
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“I love you big brother and will always remember your beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor....We will all miss you so much.
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jody Stoner - Guthrie, OK
“craig...you will surley be missed
2 of 13 | Posted by: scott ulrich - NC
“Craig my Brother, I miss you, and have missed you for years. I thought about you often and I hope you have found Peace and Love in God!
3 of 13 | Posted by: Gene Gliniecki - Green Bay, WI
“From the bottom of my heart I would like to send a special thank you to Sandra (my sister) for the love, support, care and friendship she has given...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Terese Ulrich - Clayton, NC
“I will always remember Craig as the intelligent, artistic, loving and generous person that he was. He will be missed by our family.
5 of 13 | Posted by: Gayle Lehnigk - Greenfield, WI
“Saying goodbye is so hard and it hurts to have to do it but it is the memories that you have given us that will keep you forever alive and in our...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Terese Ulrich - Clayton, NC
“It is a time of great sadness for me. I've lost a a "Great Friend", in the passing of Craig. I send my Condolences & Sympathy to his family. My...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Ronald Leer - New Lisbon, WI
“Jody Iwinski is my Step Mother. I had the honor to meet Craig when I was young. He lived with us for a summer. He was a delight to be around and he...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Regina (Bays) Humphreys - OK
“I'm very sorry to hear about your brother - I hope you and the family are holding together as best as possible.
You have my sincere condolences.
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9 of 13 | Posted by: Lynn Ceplina (Gerg) - WI
“I didn't know Craig personally, however I am a close friend of his sister Teresa and I wanted to express my sympathy and send condolences to the...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Cheryl Reed - Willow Spring, NC
“Step by step we climb day by day Closer to God with each prayer we pray for the cry of the heart offered in prayer becomes just another Spiritual...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Michelle Szulczewski - milwaukee, WI
“My deepest Thoughts and Prayers go out to each and every one of you,in the loss of your dear brother.May you remember him as he was to you within...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Michelle Szulczewski - milwaukee, WI
“Although it is still too soon for me personally to express my all of my innermost feelings about my brother Craig and all that he meant to me, I...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Lorrie Dezern - Fuquay Varina, NC
Craig Michael Iwinski (1948—2009)
Craig found eternal rest on June 3, 2009. He was born in Milwaukee on February 26, 1948 to the late Chet and Lorraine (Lemanski) Iwinski.
At the age of seventeen Craig enlisted in the army. Arriving in Vietnam in March of 1966, Craig soon headed to Than Sa Nhut, where he was assigned to the Army Material Command, attached to MACV headquarters. It was there that we worked for General William Westmoreland, earning the Army Commendation Medal for his service. Sniper fire and mortar attacks were constant as the horrors of war played out on a daily basis. Craig's first tour ended in the spring of 1967; however he would return for a second tour of duty barely one year later.
In March 1968 Craig arrived in Saigon during the Tet Offensive, witnessing the destruction of a city he knew from his previous tour. After being assigned to the wrong unit, Craig eventually returned to the Military Assistance Command. What once were mortar attacks now became rocket attacks as the carnage of war intensified. At the end of Craig's second tour he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and would be awarded four additional medals for his service. He returned to Milwaukee in September 1968 and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1971..
While Craig's life was forever altered by his experiences in Vietnam, this was only a segment of his life's journey. In April 1970 he married Andrea Gliniecki, and would have two sons: Daniel and Michael.. Settling in Greenfield, he worked as a manager for First Wisconsin Bank in Milwaukee. Although life changes led to physical distance from his family, he always remained with them.
The complexity of Craig's life cannot be defined by any one event. Although there were many struggles, in the end he leaves a legacy of someone who intensely cared about others, and one who sacrificed for his country. His was fascinating to talk to, and his creativity, interests, and intellect will be remembered.
Craig is survived by Andrea Iwinski and their sons Daniel (Cheryl) and Michael; his brother Curtis, sisters Sandra, Jody, Lorrie, and Teresa; brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews. His sons would like to thank his sister Sandra for her devotion and care over the past several years. Craig will be interred at Union Grove Cemetery on Wednesday, June 10, 2009.
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