Albert Joseph Zwack, 93, of Mineral Point, Wis., died on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at Upland Hills Health Care in Dodgeville, Wis. after suffering a stroke a week prior.
He was born March 26, 1917, son of the late Aloysius and Clara (Wilhelm) Zwack. Because of his mother’s early death and his father’s absence due to duty in the Merchant Marines, he was raised by his paternal grandparents in Marysville.
On Oct. 6, 1945 in St. Marys, he married Helen (Goldthorpe) Zwack, who preceded him in death in 2000.
In 1936, he graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School. He took great pride in his ability to speak Latin and fluent German, in addition to speaking some French. He served in the Army during World War II, spending the majority of his five years of service in combat, including participation in the D-Day invasion of Normandy with the 2nd Infantry Division. He fought his way across Europe and survived several wounds, always returning to his unit to be with his men. His fluency in German led to his assignment as Scout Platoon Sergeant to interrogate prisoners and lead reconnaissance missions as his unit fought their way across Germany. He was decorated with many medals, including multiple Purple Hearts, multiple Bronze Stars for valor, and both the French and Belgian Croix de Guerre. He also received the American Defense Service medal, Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Service medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal, WWII Victory medal, Army of Occupation medal and several other medals. He retired from Beloit Corp. after 30 years of service and enjoyed caring for his cats, trout-fishing excursions with friends and daily trips to town to join his coffee group.
He was well-known for his intellectual curiosity and extensive knowledge of a wide array of subjects, including military history. He was well-read and well-bred, carrying on spirited debates on a variety of topics, and never let a kindness go unacknowledged, sending handwritten notes and letters until the time of his illness.
He is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends; by sisters-in-law Bernice Goldthorpe of Mineral Point and Nancy Goldthorpe of Dodgeville; and by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Elizabeth Kiley of Paw Paw, Mich.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Albert Joseph Zwack will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at Ss. Mary & Paul Catholic Church in Mineral Point, with Father James Hinnen presiding. Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Mineral Point.
A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.
Military honors will be provided by Mineral Point American Legion and VFW.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iowa County Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice.