Every journey has a beginning, middle, and end. Jack Mladucky’s journey began on August 3rd, 1940, in West Allis as the first of five children of John and Marcella (Waite) Mladucky. Without cell phones, computers, or internet, growing up in the 1940’s and 1950’s fostered a social environment where creativity was required to generate fun. With stories shared by Jack and his brothers and sister – Gene, Jim, (Bob – passed away at age 18 due to Muscular Dystrophy) and Cindy (Johnson) it was evident to all that there was a bit of mischievous fun throughout their childhood.
In his youth Jack traveled to Chicago and a farm owned by relatives in Free Soil, Michigan for family gatherings. He also enjoyed summer vacations at Tug Lake: spending time around the campfire, swimming, and where, according to legend, Jack became a truly exceptional fisherman. What became abundantly clear as these stories were told was that “Integrity”, “Family & Friends”, “Love”, and “Fun” were the cornerstones of his childhood and became the foundation of Jack’s life.
As every high school graduate has a decision to make about their future, Jack’s future was clear to him -- he decided early in High School that he wanted to serve in the Navy. Upon Graduation he enlisted and attended boot camp at the Great Lakes Navel Recruitment Command Center. After Boot Camp, Jack was stationed in San Diego for additional training to be a Naval Aviation Electrician and then served on the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier patrolling the Pacific Rim – with travels to Hawaii, Japan, and the Philippians among other locations. This opened Jack’s eyes and heart to the wanderlust for travel, the importance of understanding other cultures, and just how precious life is. It was time for Jack to have a family of his own.
Shortly after moving back to Wisconsin after service, whether it was luck or fate, Jack met his soulmate Char (Charlotte Bogust), and on September 15, 1962, they married with family and friends in attendance. Char’s father Charlie, mother Silvia, and sisters Sandi (Reichelt) and Kathy (Gehring) welcomed Jack wholeheartedly into the family. In July 1963 Jack and Charlotte’s son John was born, followed by Tom, Michelle (died days after childbirth), Chuck, and Lynn.
With a growing family, Jack and Char made their home in Sussex, WI. During this time, they were able to balance the rigors of raising a family, work, and community involvement including coaching the kids’ sports teams. Holidays and birthdays were spent with close relatives. Spring breaks were spent road-tripping to Arkansas. Summers were spent camping, fishing, or getting together for cookouts. Jack and Char made time to attend the school events for their family and made most all the boys’ track meets, baseball games, football games, and Lynn’s soccer games.
For his career, Jack was a quick study, skilled electrical/instrumentation technician, and had a side talent of carpentry. He enjoyed learning and would read manuals cover to cover. His professionalism, communication skills, faith in his fellow teammates, along with his willingness to take responsibility -- were the core competencies that enabled his career to flourish. The job he liked best was with Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Many Miller employees shared that they were always happy to learn that Jack was on their project
– because they knew the job would be done right. He was blessed with a truly exceptional palette and was honored to be chosen as an official beer taster in addition to E/I Role. He served as one of Miller Brewing’s official beer tasters until he retired in 2001.
Before and after retirement, Jack and Char enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. They enjoyed getting together with 60+ year long-time friends Jerry and Karen Wielgus (passed in 2021). They also enjoyed 30+ years with their card club friends (Roy, Cathy, Dale, Jean, Marty, and Sharon) – with great dinners, laughs, and sheepshead that often-lasted past midnight. In addition to socializing, Jack and Char traveled to Mexico and Caribbean islands, went on Cruises, and flew or drove to visit family sprinkled throughout the country – Arkansas, Texas, Washington, Georgia, Utah, Nevada, Maine, New Mexico, and Indiana just to name a few. Jack also greatly enjoyed golf, fishing, woodworking, date nights with Char, and spending time with the grandkids.
Always welcoming and willing to lend a hand, Jack and Char made sure they knew all the neighbors and offered help to whoever needed it. With that said, over the last two years, our family has been amazed at the kindness and generosity of the neighbors as Jack’s health prevented him from some of the standard upkeep associated with a home and caring for Jack - we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Jack will be remembered with fondness for his gentle and kind heart by spouse and soulmate Charlotte, son John (Kristine) Mladucky and their children – John (Alayna) Mladucky, Janessa Mladucky and Husband Eric Botshon, and Jacob Mladucky (passed as an infant due to SMA); son Tom (Jenny) Mladucky and their children Liz (Jacob) Cummins and, Megan Mladucky; son Chuck (Sharon) Mladucky and their children Ethan and Marley; and daughter Lynn (Ted) Schelonka and their children Crystal and Tiffany. He will also be remembered by his his siblings Gene (Joan) Mladucky, Cindy (Jim) Johnson, and Jim (Maureen) Mladucky as well as his nieces and nephews and their families.
Although Jack’s life on earth concluded Thursday April 13th, 2023, with family by his side, his legacy, memory, and influence will live on. We believe that heaven will be a better place with Jack’s arrival.
In Lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Jack Mladucky’s Memory to the “American Heart Association”. By Mail: The AHA Memorial Donation Form is available as an additional attachment. The form identifies special instructions that “Funds are to be used within metro Milwaukee, WI”. Feel free to mail to the local AHA office (1555 N River Center Drive, Suite 211, Milwaukee WI 53212).
Online: Memorial gifts can also be made on the memorials page at AHA Memorials Page. In order for the gift to be used locally, please type the following in a notes or instructions box: “Gift is to be used within metro Milwaukee, WI.”