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Edward Laurence Dornack
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1930
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jul. 26, 2007
La Crosse
La Crosse County
Wisconsin, USA

ONALASKA, Wis. - Edward Laurence Dornack of Onalaska, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in LaCrosse. He was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Minneapolis. At the age of 10 weeks, he was adopted by Herman E. and Bessie L. (Stark) Dornack in Waseca, Minn. He attended public grade schools in Waseca and rural Pine Island, Minn. For grades 4 through 8, he attended St. Paul's Lutheran parochial school in New Ulm, Minn. He graduated from New Ulm High School in 1948.

He briefly studied millinery at the Vogue School of Design in Chicago and later enrolled at Winona (Minn.) State College. In 1950, he transferred to the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. While attending the university, he also was employed as the circulation manager for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. On June 29, 1952, he married Norma V. Humburg at Fairbanks. Ed taught first grade in Fairbanks School District for five years. In 1961, he and his family moved to Houston, Minn. Ed enrolled in the graduate program of Winona State and also began teaching sixth grade at Franklin Elementary School in LaCrosse. He retired from Franklin School in 1997.

Ed was president of the LaCrosse Education Association (LEA) in 1968. During his term, space was rented in the Rivoli building and he set up an LEA office. He enlisted the aid of Wisconsin Education Association to assist LEA in contract negotiations. Ed was elected for two terms as president of Coulee Region United Educators.

Ed was a veteran of the Korean War. He served in the Army for two years and was stationed at Elemendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska, and at Ladd AFB in Fairbanks. While in Anchorage, he was assigned to teach reading to illiterate draftees. Graduation from the program required the ability to read at a fifth-grade level.

Ed was creative in the classroom and in his private life. He was skilled in upholstery, cooking, origami, home decorating (especially Christmas trees), needlepoint, latch hook and refinishing furniture. Cookbooks were his favorite reading material. He was an avid collector, patronizing both antique and thrift stores. Ed loved the landscape of western Wisconsin and house boating on the river. He liked the poetry of Robert Service. Throughout his life, he sometimes recited memorized verses appropriate for the season, or whatever the occasion. He was selective regarding pictures and artwork for his home; his style was best described as eclectic.

Ed is survived by his wife, Norma; three children, the Rev. David C. Dornack of Portland, Ore.; Dean A. (Debra) Dornack of La Crescent, Minn.; and Laura B. (Stuart) Highlander of Decatur, Texas. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a foster sister, Doris (Yonke) Thierman.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. Pastor Breck McHan and the Rev. David C. Dornack will officiate.

LaCrosse Tribune - July 31, 2007 
Family links: 
  Herman Edward Dornack (1888 - 1955)
  Bessie Leone Stark Dornack Allen (1899 - 1991)
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Created by: Nancy Ronningen
Record added: Jul 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74034794
Edward Laurence Dornack
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