Phillip Adamak

 

Age didn’t slow down Phillip J. Adamak.

The Town of Port Washington resident learned how to build computers in his 80s.

In his 90s, Mr. Adamak tried his hand at cooking with a smoker.

“He was 95 and the guy was still busy every moment of the day,” his son Joe said.

Mr. Adamak’s kind disposition allowed him to take on new hobbies.

“He was probably the most calm person you could ever meet,” his son said. “He was a great listener. He had lots of patience. He could sit and talk with customer service. He would work through things and not get frustrated.”

Mr. Adamak, 95, died Sunday, April 8, at his home..

He was born May 1, 1922, to Stefan and Anna Ochonichi Adamak in Milwaukee.

He grew up in the Pigsville neighborhood during the Depression and at one point shared a bed with his three brothers. He graduated from Milwaukee Boys Technical High School in 1940.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was trained as a bombardier.

After the war, Mr. Adamak earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later a master’s in social work from UW-Milwaukee.

On Oct. 1, 1960, he married Rhoda Green in Dubuque, Iowa. The couple settled in Wauwatosa. Mr. Adamak worked as a Milwaukee County social worker for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1980.

They moved to Belgium to enjoy their golden years. Mrs. Adamak died Nov. 1, 2012. After 12 years in Belgium, Mr. Adamak moved to the Town of Port Washington three years ago.

He had a huge vegetable garden for years and lately grew flowers. He loved reading, mostly nonfiction.

“I’d come home at night and he’d be watching ‘Book TV’,” his son said.

If Mr. Adamak heard about a good book, he’d instantly go get it. But not at the library or store.

“He’d download it to his Kindle and he’d be reading it the next day,” his son said.

Television is also where Mr. Adamak got recipes for his Cuisinart crock pot.

“He loved cooking breakfast every Saturday,” his son said.

Mr. Adamak enjoyed live music and especially loved jazz.

“He could hear three notes of any jazz song and he could tell me who the musician was,” his son said.

He said his father was a kind man who late in life enjoyed his daily cigar break.

“He lived a long productive life where he continued to challenge himself,” his son said. “He did not live in the past. He was always looking forward to the future.”

Mr. Adamak is survived by his children Mark of Rice Lake, Leslie (Keith) Mras of Niles, Ill., and Joseph of Port Washington.

He is further survived by grandchildren Jacob and Alana Mras.

He was preceded in death by his wife Rhoda; brothers Fred “Fritz,” John and August “Gus;” and sisters-in-law Janet and Mary Adamak.

A gathering of remembrance will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington.

Burial with military rites will be at Union Grove Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove at a later date.

 

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