Editor’s note: Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.
Bradford High School teacher Ron Mlodzik ran a good classroom, could give and take a good practical joke and ran popular faculty football pools.
From 1968 until 1993 he taught English and journalism classes, was involved in homecoming parades and was faculty adviser for the school newspaper and yearbook.
“Mr. Mlodzik was one of my favorite teachers,” said former student, Helen Schiller, class of 1971. “He talked to and treated students like we were equals. He created a fun, comfortable learning environment and was always encouraging us to take part and voice our opinions on whatever the topic.”
Properly deployed English grammar was his forté, said students and colleagues. “He was the master of the English language, a wordsmith,” said former Bradford social studies teacher Tom Roders.
“He had respect for the written word,” agreed former student Diane Giles, class of ’71.
Mlodzik also liked to share his grasp of grammar at home, said his daughter Maria Jeanmaire. “My dad was great with his grandchildren, teaching them how to use a comma or a colon.”
And although Mlodzik was known to splash red ink all over his children’s and grandchildren’s school papers, Maria says these were lessons they embraced. “He gave us a life tool that (we all) benefited from.”
Ronald G. Mlodzik, 79, died on June 21 at his Kenosha home. His survivors include a son, Thomas (Hilary) Mlodzik; daughters, Lisa Mlodzik, Maria (Paul) Jeanmaire and Angela (David) Marshalek; six grandchildren; a brother, James (Shirley) Mlodzik; and one sister-in-law, Audrey Mlodzik.
Born on March 12, 1938, in Melrose, Minn., Ron was the son of the Walter…