Obituary for Henry G. Czachor
Henry G. Czachor, age 77, of Green Bay, passed away Monday, April 02, 2018. The son of the late Henry and Pearl (Kielar) Czachor. Henry was born August 15, 1940 in Chicago.
Henry grew up on a farm in Krakow, WI. He attended Pulaski High School and graduated from UW Stevens Point. On October 27, 1962 Henry married his soulmate in life, Margaret Schmidt. They spent 55 years together raising their two sons, Todd and Curt.
Henry was the ultimate entrepreneur. He started his first business while in college, operating music teaching studios and selling accordions door to door. In 1965, Henry established Henri’s Music Co. in Green Bay. Henri’s Music was a full line music store and became a fixture on Military Avenue. Henri’s Music expanded to locations in Appleton, Oshkosh and at one time, Madison. Henry developed many satellite businesses including a church organ division, sound contracting and teaching studios. Henri’s Music employed hundreds of people over the 41 years of Henry’s ownership and taught thousands of people to make music.
Henry was involved in numerous civic organizations including the Military Ave. Business Association, Green Bay Symphony Board, Advisory Board of St. Mary’s Hospital, Indian Trails Association and the National Association of Music Merchants, of which he was on the Board of Directors.
Henry believed in living life to the fullest and was always taking up new hobbies. He and his wife Margaret were avid sailors and toured much of the upper Great Lakes on their sailboat, Troubadour. At different times in his life, Henry enjoyed tennis, biking, hiking, golf, photography, family ski trips and turkey hunting with his buddies. Henry was an avid reader his entire life. In later years, he enjoyed sharing stories and spoiling his grandchildren, and spending time with family at the cottage in Lac du Flambeau, WI.
Henry and Margaret had the opportunity to travel all over the world. They took many extended trips including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America, Japan, and Africa, where they trekked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. All four of Henry’s grandparents immigrated from Poland as teenagers or young adults. Over the past five years, Henry was able to complete a genealogy project and traveled to Poland to trace their roots.
Survivors include his loving wife Margaret; sons, Todd (Mary) and Curtis (Monica) Czachor; grandchildren, Alex, Will, Ann Marie, Molly, and Greta; brothers and sisters, Richard (Sandy) Czachor, James (Mary Jane) Czachor, Lucy (Jon) Olson, Sandy (Bob) Lajcak, Gary (Sue) Czachor, and Joe (Beth) Czachor and sister-in-law, Kathy Czachor; brothers-in-law, Carl (Carol) Schmidt, John (Diane) Schmidt, David (Marilyn) Schmidt, and Phil (Katie) Schmidt and sister-in-law, Helen Monti; along with numerus nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Angela Marie Czachor; his brothers, Dan and Eugene; and his brothers-in-law, Dale Monti and Larry Schmidt.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial gathering at Green Bay Country Club (2400 Klondike Rd, Green Bay, WI) on Saturday, April 7, from 3:00pm until 5:00pm. A celebration of life will be held immediately following.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the physicians and staff at Green Bay Oncology, St. Mary’s Hospital and Unity Hospice for their care.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be directed to HSHS St. Vincent/St. Mary’s Foundation in support of HSHS St. Vincent Cancer Centers or HSHS St. Vincent Blood Bank.