CPS Honored Heroes

Casey Gazdik - Founding Hero

Casey Gazdik

Casey was a UWSP health promotion/wellness major in 2001 when he was suddenly struck ill and died from blastomycosis. Casey loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. This scholarship was created by his friends at UWSP and initial funding came from a walk-a-thon organized by Casey’s friends and classmates.

Carl Wohlbier (2014)

Carl Wohlbier was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Chippewa Falls, a son of the late Walter and Thora (Thompson) Wohlbier, Sr. He grew up in Chippewa Falls, attended local grade school and graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 1949.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army May 31, 1949. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged Aug. 7, 1952.

Following military service, he worked as a commission highway surveyor before attending the University of Eau Claire. In 1954, he transferred to Central State Teacher College in Stevens Point (now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) and graduated with a degree in conservation and general science in 1958. During his time at the university, he was a charter member of the Siasefi.

He was married to Kathryn Greaton June 20, 1959, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point.

He became an employee of the Junction State Bank. He started as an assistant cashier and became bank president. While at the bank, he also owned Wolhbier Insurance Agency. In 1990 he retired from Junction State Bank and focused on his insurance agency. About two years later, he sold his insurance business to concentrate on his retirement.

He was a member of the Masons, belonging to Evergreen Lodge 93. He was also a member of the ROMEO breakfast group, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Jaycees, the Izaak Walton League, the Kiwanis Club and the Portage County Bankers Association. In earlier years he was a Boy Scout leader.

Wilhelmina Johnson (2013)

Wilhelmina was a courageous, adventuress, creative, strong, spiritual, and very giving and caring woman. She stood like a mountain in front of any problems. She had a great free spirit that transitioned to everyone that ever met her. She was a proud woman.

John Roberts (2012)

John began his career at UWSP in 1952 as dean of men and coach for football and wrestling; his 1955 football team remains the only undefeated squad in Pointers history. In 1957 John became the executive director of the WIAA where he served until his retirement in 1986. John championed the introduction of women's sports into high school athletics, and further served the sports he loved through his extensive participation on a number of national and Olympic-level rules committees and governing boards.

John was inducted into eight state and national athletic halls of fame, was selected Man of the Year by the U.S. Wrestling Foundation in 1981, and received the Red Smith Sports Award in 1992. He also served his community as a member of St Paul's Methodist Church, Kiwanis, Youth Baseball, the Stevens Point Country Club & Hot Shots, and was instrumental in the growth and expansion of the YMCA, his favorite work-out locale. In 1975 he received Stevens Point's Distinguished Service Award and was honored as one of the community's 150 Most Notable Citizens.

John's indomitable spirit, which so endeared him to each and all, shall live on in our fond memories of this special 'Coach' who enriched so many lives along his way!

Judy Cable-Anderson (2010)

Judy Cable '62 has committed her life to caring for others in her community. Judy’s career included work with the Portage County Mental Health Association, Stevens Point Board of Education, and the UWSP Foundation and College of Professional Studies. She currently serves as the president of the local chapter of PEO Sisterhood.

Margaret O’Brien (2010)

Margaret is a member of the inaugural group of honored heroes. She was the mother of Frank O’Brien the long-time athletic director at UW-Stevens Point. In addition to Frank, Margaret raised four other children while working to support her family. Special gifts to this fund were given in her honor and memory after her passing in 2007.
 

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