Obituary for George Albert DeFlorian

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George Albert De Florian, 74, of Onalaska died Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Gundersen Medical Center surrounded by his family.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Molling) De Florian; his daughters Cynthia De Florian (Ken Lewis), Angela Sorensen (Dale Sorensen), and Tracey Helgeson (Kyle Helgeson); seven grandchildren – David, Benjamin, Samuel, Ryan, Cassie, Adam and Jacob; and two siblings Pauline Engh and Barbara Becker; special in-laws, nieces and nephews that are too many to list; and special neighbors Dean & Delpha Blummentritt.
He is joined in heaven with his parents, Basil and Barbara (Trussoni) De Florian; and six siblings, Robert De Florian, Margaret Mooney, Donald De Florian, Raymond De Florian, William De Florian and Edward De Florian. George was born and raised in the Genoa area. He went to De Soto High School until he was 17 when he joined the Navy to serve four years for his country. George had the opportunity to see many countries during his military career and had many memories and stories to tell from that time. After serving in the Navy, he met and married Kathleen Molling at St. Joseph’s the Workman’s Cathedral in La Crosse, Wisconsin on August 24, 1968. George worked for many years at Fowler & Hammer, Firestone and La Crosse County where he eventually retired in 2012.
He built a life with his wife Kathy in Onalaska and raised a beautiful family. His family was his pride and joy and his love of fishing and camping became a summer way of life for him for most of his adult years. George’s girls have many fond memories of camping and fishing as children.
All of his grandchildren loved fishing and being with Grampa/Papa. They all had a very special bond with their grandfather. But when it came to fishing, the youngest grandchild, Jacob has taken to his grandfather’s love of fishing the most and was always proud to show Papa the big catch of the day. All the grandkids have great memories of summer camping trips and their fishing adventures. George left a great legacy of his love of camping and fishing to them which we know will continue on with the next generation. He was a gentle soul and would do anything for his family and close friends.
George spent his last day on earth celebrating Thanksgiving with his beloved family. He had his pumpkin pie and coffee. He fought hard to make the day a great one for all the loved ones in his life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1031 Main Street, Onalaska. Monsignor Steven Kachel will officiate and burial with Military Honors will be in Onalaska Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main Street, Onalaska and again at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.