Kobierecki, Jerry*

Jerry Kobierecki
1421 S Alicia Drive
Appleton, WI 54914


After UICC, I worked as a cryogenics application engineer for Liquid Carbonic. I married a student nurse from Michael Reese, who went to work at Christ Community, as a RN.  After four years, the constant assignments out of town got to us. I found a job as a specialty chemicals purchasing agent, for Appleton Papers, in Appleton, WI. I was with them for 37 years, retiring in 2010. I had the great pleasure of working with the inventors of carbonless and thermal papers. It allowed me to travel all over the world. We settled on the edge of Lake Winnebago, and could actually go walleye fishing after work.  I was a Big Brother for ten years to two great boys. Our son, Andy, came along and we moved into Appleton, closer to grocery stores and schools. It turned out to be a wonderful place to live. We’re retiring here, too, because we have a two year old grandson and another one due in September 2014.

In 2006, I followed a passion for fireworks and joined the Wisconsin Pyrotechnics Arts Guild. I have been training for nine years now as a designer and builder of star shells. I have an ATF&E type 20 explosives storage permit and a Wisconsin Department of Commerce fireworks manufacturing license. Most of what I build is used in competitions at the Pyrotechnic Arts Guild International annual convention, which will be in Mason City, Iowa, in August 2014. My five acre manufacturing site is near Waupaca, WI.

I have not been back to the southwest side for over 40 years. My sister, parents, aunts and uncles all moved to Florida. In 2008, I had to bring my Mom up to Wisconsin, for her safety. She is now 93 and in a nursing home. My only contact with Chicago, now, is through listening to WGN-Radio.

Best regards,   Jerry