In Memory of Wade Wodarczyk

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday August 23, 2020
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Final Place of Rest

Greenwood Cemetery
East Division Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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Wade Daniel Wodarczyk, age 35 of Ellsworth, WI, died on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at his home of an unexpected health episode. Wade was born August 10, 1985 in Red Wing, MN to parents Leonard M. and Debra K. (Christensen) Wodarczyk. Wade grew up in Ellsworth and attended Ellsworth High School. He worked for many years as a lawn care specialist and auto mechanic, and during these past two years, had returned to the classroom at Dakota County Technical College to become further certified as an automotive technician.

Wade was very mechanical. He liked working on all kinds of cars and trucks, and also enjoyed mowing and landscape work. Wade appreciated the beauty of nature, and captured many beautiful sunset photos on his cell phone camera. At the young age of ten, he received a life-saving award from the Boy Scouts for exhibiting calm and courage in an emergency involving his grandmother. Wade was strong, tall, and big-hearted. He was good with kids, and had a special place in his heart for animals and dogs, especially his beloved dogs Luna and Rhyno. His plans, dreams, and ideas were never selfish, as they always seemed to revolve around ways for him to better help and show care to others – the kind of son, brother, and friend that would help anyone. These are some of the genuine qualities that made Wade who he was, and he will be missed dearly by family and friends alike.

Wade is survived by his mother, Deb Peterson; his father, Leonard (Karen) Wodarczyk; his sister, Anne (John Hunt) Wodarczyk; his grandpa, Charles Christensen; aunts and uncles, Mark (Suzy) Wodarczyk, Roxanne Wodarczyk, Dennis (Leslie) Foss, Darrin (Tammy) Foss, and Barry (Nikole) Christensen; step-aunts and step-uncles; great-aunts and great-uncles; as well as many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leonard and Helen Wodarczyk, and Sharon and Merle Foss; and his uncle, Danny.

To celebrate the life of Wade Wodarczyk, a gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00-6:00pm on Sunday, August 23rd at the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N Grant Street in Ellsworth, WI. A private family burial will be held. Wade’s final resting place will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls, WI. Memorials honoring Wade may be left to the discretion of his family, or directed to the Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue, PO Box 52, Andover MN 55304. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. 715-273-4421

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  • Prayers sent to family and friends. Wade was a nice young man… Very respectful. He will be missed.

  • Wade had a kind and gentle soul. He was the first person to reach out to me and offer friendship when we moved to Ellsworth from South Carolina during my senior year of high school fall of 1999. Wade and his mom were also there for me when my dog got hit by a car which devastated me. Wade helped me get myself together and off the busy highway. We put Cassie (my dog) in his mom’s trunk and they helped me find my mom who was out shopping for the house we were building in Hager. I will never forget that act of kindness and it goes to show how big of heart Wade had. I will miss him and regret not getting a chance to reconnect in our later years. Condolences to you and your family during this tough time. ❤️🙏✝️😓

  • prayers to his families and friends on their unexpected loss. May he Rest in Peace. Gone too soon but it proves to us that God only takes the best and Wade didn’t go alone- for when God called him home a part of US went with him. With Heartfelt Prayers, Mark J.VonBank-Park Rapids, Mn. 56470.

  • Wade was a great friend and loved to work on his car and truck. He loved his dogs, enjoyed being around friends and family. Going to miss you Wade .