Narcis Dugenske, age 87, of Princeton, WI, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at SSM Health in Fond du Lac, with his wife and children beside him.
Born in the town of Princeton on August 24, 1935, to Frank and Lilli (Schultz) Dugenske, Narcis was raised on the family farm and found the most joy in his childhood came from tending the animals and helping with daily chores. He learned early on to appreciate the blessings of farm life and to work hard with the gifts God had given him.
He married Priscilla Peterson on May 4, 1960, in Abbotsford, WI, and they began their life together on his grandparents farm, just minutes away from his childhood home. Together they built a life and farm they were proud of, and raised nine children with the same values his parents instilled in him. Through good years and bad, his determined strength and sacrifice provided a wonderful life for his family. His strong faith was something he relied on daily. He continued milking cows until health issues and the hardships of being a small farmer in a modern world prompted him to sell the herd, having milked cows for over 57 years. Without the daily chores, he stayed as active and productive as he could, and was often found cutting wood and enjoying the outdoors.
He loved getting out to the woods and hunting with his boys, sharing his knowledge and appreciation of the land with them. When time allowed, dropping a line in on a Sunday afternoon was a chance to relax away from the farm. He always enjoyed a good polka, and it was a highlight when they could get away to attend a performance and dance. Wherever they went, his heavy foot was sure to make it there in "good time" and he often tried to beat his previous. Narcis also enjoyed being a past member of the St. Johns Parish Council, and for many years a dedicated member of the Princeton School Board.
Narcis was proud of where he came from and what he had accomplished, and the phrase Its a blessing to be Polish was heard often. He was always ready with a smile, stern advice or a good story. While he loved to share those stories with anyone, his grandchildren especially enjoyed them. It was evident he was proud of being a father and grandfather, but being a caretaker of the land and a farmer was his true passion throughout his life.
Narcis is survived by Priscilla, his wife of 62 years; nine children, Mark Dugenske of Marquette, WI, Dale (Christine) Dugenske of Ripon, WI, Dawn (John) Jacobson of MI, Paul Dugenske of Princeton, WI, Lisa (Patrick) Sorensen of Princeton, WI, Lori (David) De Haan of Oakfield, WI, Tami (Eric) Shwonek of WA, Joel (Christin) Dugenske of Princeton, WI, and Gail ( Joshua) Gombos of Wautoma, WI; 19 grandchildren, Joshua (Laura) Dugenske, Sean (Bridget) Dugenske, Emily (Stewart) Meek, Jason (Michelle) Jacobson, Erik (Merrin) Jacobson, Zachary Jacobson, Levi Mueller, Ariel Mueller, Thorin Sorensen, Stormy Marks, Kaitlyn (Robert) Hefter, Noah De Haan, Emery Shwonek, Lily Shwonek, Anastasia Dugenske, Ian Dugenske, Collin Recore, Melanie Recore and Evan Gombos; 16 great grandchildren, Adilyn, Sawyer, Sienna, Adalind, Everett, Jaelynn, Sara , Alyssa, Lilah, Molly, Garrett, Gannon, Gattlin, Colt, Emmett, and Quinn. He is further survived by one brother, Dominic Dugenske of Markesan; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Narcis was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Peggy Barden and her husband Virgil; and sisterin-law, Inez Dugenske.
The family would like to give the most heartfelt thanks to the staff at on 5 South for their exceptional care and compassion shown to him and the family during his stay.
Visitation for Narcis will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, from 9 until 11:30 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1211 W. Main St., Princeton, WI 54968.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 11:30 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Princeton, with Fr. John Silva officiating. Interment will follow at St. Johns Cemetery, Princeton.
The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land.