William (Billy Glow) Herman Glowczewski, 82, of Winona passed away surrounded by family, Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Roger Metz Manor.
He was born Sept. 15, 1936, in Winona, to Herman and Genevive (Paskiewicz) Glowczewski. He was an only child. Bill was named after the famous baseball player Billy Herman. He graduated from Cotter high School in 1954. Bill married Susan (Rivers) Glowczewski at the Holy Trinity Church in Rollingstone, Nov. 15, 1958. They had two sons, Tim and John.
In Bill’s younger days, he was a very good rotation pool player. Bill was also an excellent ball player and coach. He played baseball in the Pee Wee, Midgets and Legion baseball. He played with the Cotter and Rollingstone team in the Hiawatha League. He then turned to fast pitch softball. Bill’s team played and won the AA State Softball Championship in 1970, on the Sunshine Bar team and then again in 1975 on the Big “O” team. He also loved to bowl. Bill was a member of the Winona Bowling Hall of Fame, along with his wife, Sue, and sons, Tim and John. The Glowczewski’s were the first entire family to be in the Winona Bowling Hall of Fame. Bill was the Steamboat Days Parade Grand Marshal in 2011. Bill also loved to deer hunt with pride in 51 years of deer hunting. Bill was also a fine golfer. He had a hole in one in 1984 and won many tournaments. He was a member of the Cathedral of Sacred Heart, Winona Athletic Club (he served on the board), Eagles Club, Elks Club, Polish Museum, Westfield Golf Club and The WSU Warriors Club. Bill worked at the Winona Knitting Mills, as a shipping manager and then for a short time at Schuler Chocolates. Bill and Sue bought the Lakeview Drive Inn in 1977 and sold it to their sons in 1993. His sons still operate it today.
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Bill is survived by his two sons and their families, Tim and Kathy Glowczewski, their children, Hannah Glowczewski and Haley Glowczewski (fiancé, Paul Bergaus), John and Jenny Glowczewski and their children, Michael Glowczewski and Allyson Glowczewski (significant other, Chad Schultz and daughter, Avery Schultz). Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Susan; and his parents, Herman and Genevive; father and mother-in-law, Al and Veronica Rivers.
The family would like to thank Winona Health, Roger Metz Manor and the Winona Hospice for excellent care. They treated him like family. Please direct any memorials to any one of those organizations.
A celebration of life will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Winona Athletic Club. Food, beer and pop will be served throughout the celebration. Please share a fun story about Bill with family and friends. He would have loved it!