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“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Wisniewski family. In the summer of 1948 I attended a boys camp, Absaroka Lodge in Cody, Wyoming, ...Read More »
1 of 67 | Posted by: W. Keith Wuerthner - Farmington, CT

“Words cannot express how I feel about an important member of my extended family gone. Having been the first girl camper, so I could play with Anne, I...Read More »
2 of 67 | Posted by: A friend

“God our Father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still...Read More »
3 of 67 | Posted by: Dianne (DeDe) Kbylarz Singer - MI

“God our Father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still...Read More »
4 of 67 | Posted by: Dianne Kobylarz Singer - Dexter, MI

“Wiz, Martha and Mary you were there for me when I needed help! I will never forget the Blue House and the wonderful memories of safety and peace I...Read More »
5 of 67 | Posted by: Janice - Mesa, AZ

“Whiz was my freshman basketball coach in 1953-1954 and varsity coach 1954-1957 at U of D.I worked for him and Martha at the Varsity Day Camp for 2...Read More »
6 of 67 | Posted by: Clyde Louth

“To Martha and the entire Wisniewski family please accept my belated but very sincere condolences. Playing basketball for Coach Whiz was the...Read More »
7 of 67 | Posted by: peter cloud - Wilmington De, DE

“When I knew Mr. Whiz, I was too young to grasp how awesome he truly was. Varsity Day Camp was the best part of my Childhood, and Mr. Whiz always was...Read More »
8 of 67 | Posted by: Aaron Siegert - Saline, MI

“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Irvin Wisniewski. My parents Glen and Eleanor Fitch were neighbors and friends in Hillsdale when Irv was a...Read More »
9 of 67 | Posted by: James H. Fitch - MI

“Mr. Whiz will be greatly missed. My times at Varsity Day Camp and with the Wisniewski family are some of my fondest childhood memories. VSC is a...Read More »
10 of 67 | Posted by: James Darby - Ann Arbor, MI

“I have many fond memories of being a camper at Varsity Day Camp - honking the horn when going under the Dexter bridge on the way to camp each day ( I...Read More »
11 of 67 | Posted by: Bill Cassell - Ypsilanti, MI

“Mr. Whiz was one of a kind! I was a camper, then a counselor and then our daughter become a camper! I still am "first to see Peach Mountain Tower!"...Read More »
12 of 67 | Posted by: Judy Bradley Burt - Ann Arbor, MI

“Such a wonderful legacy. Such a special blessing to know a man who truly lived according to his beliefs. Such a great rare example of a much honored...Read More »
13 of 67 | Posted by: A friend

“Mrs. Wiz and family, I got to know your family through the Varsity Day camp while working for my father and I thought Mr. Wiz was such a great man!...Read More »
14 of 67 | Posted by: Tom Trudell - Howell, MI

“My heartfelt condolences to Mrs Wiz and all the kids I will always remember Varsity fondly and all of you as well as the infamous Bug Juice.God Bless...Read More »
15 of 67 | Posted by: Michael McGuigan - St Petersburg, FL

“As a child attending Varsity Day Camp, I remember sitting on Whiz's lap in a rocking chair on the veranda of the big house, waiting out a terrible...Read More »
16 of 67 | Posted by: Mary H Thieme - Genova, Italy

“What wonderful memories we have of the Colburn kids' (Carolyn, Christy, Edward) summers at Varsity provided by Mr. & Mrs. "Whiz" and all their kids....Read More »
17 of 67 | Posted by: The Colburns - Ann Arbor, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whiz whole Family. He was a great man and will be deeply missed ”
18 of 67 | Posted by: Larry and Amy Walz - sandy, UT

“I was fortunate to play on teams that had great leaders. Ray Sweeney, MIke Koelher were the men who taught me about was it took to play at Delaware....Read More »
19 of 67 | Posted by: JOSEPH G SUSAN JR - LEWISBURG, PA

“He was a masterpiece! I have wonderful memories of Camp, the Wisniewski Family, and especially Whiz! ”
20 of 67 | Posted by: John Malcolm - Traverse City, MI

“Coach Whiz recruited me and coached me. He was always so positive and although demanding a man who cared for everyone who played for him. He gave...Read More »
21 of 67 | Posted by: JOSEPH G SUSAN JR - LEWISBURG, PA

“Martha and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless. ”
22 of 67 | Posted by: Norbert & Mary Rickelmann - MI

“Rest in peace, Coach Whiz. You had a positive influence on many, many people, whose lifes you touched. You were a wonderful person and well...Read More »
23 of 67 | Posted by: Chip Strowhouer - Lewes, DE

“I am sorry I am unable to attend service but I am glad I got to meet and work with such an amazing man. He will surely be missed by all. Gina Coburn...Read More »
24 of 67 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Martha and all in your wonderful family, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. My heart goes out to each of you. What wonderful memories you...Read More »
25 of 67 | Posted by: A friend

“My first memory of Coach Wiz was sitting in my dining room convincing me of the benefits of the University. I think the combined glare from my dads...Read More »
26 of 67 | Posted by: Cliff Gallira - Wayne, NJ

“Martha and family I just received This very sad message at 4:30 PM Eastern time Tuesday March 4th. Had I known earlier I would have jumped on a plane...Read More »
27 of 67 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Martha and family. Bob and I just learned of Whiz's passing. Gosh, we go back a ways, don't we? From "aunt Dody"~and our boys, Robbie, Andy &...Read More »
28 of 67 | Posted by: Bob & Sharon Frost - Petoskey, MI

“Varsity Day Camp and the whole Wisniewski family have such a warm place in my heart...with the fondest of memories..... I'll never forget the...Read More »
29 of 67 | Posted by: Lauren 'Hay' Knudsen - Missoula

“Our world has lost a truly wonderful gentleman. Coach Whiz was a fantastic role model as well as a great teacher for his students at U of D. He...Read More »
30 of 67 | Posted by: - Dover, DE

“Sincere condolences to Coach Wisniewski's family. I had the honor of serving as the manager of Coach Whiz's basketball team at Delaware from 1958 to...Read More »
31 of 67 | Posted by: Larry Erera - Middletown, NJ

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Coach Wiz was a kind and caring person. I had him for several classes while at the University of...Read More »
32 of 67 | Posted by: Don Keister - Bear, DE

“Thank you for the Honor of your Friendship. You, Mr WIZ, will always be in our Hearts~ Peggy & Chance Kramer ”
33 of 67 | Posted by: Peggy & Chance Kramer - Pinckney, MI

“I will always remember Mr. Whiz. He was such an inspiration to me, hearing all of his stories. Varsity Day Camp was the greatest thing to ever happen...Read More »
34 of 67 | Posted by: Alyssa Schafer - Brooklyn, NY

“You are in our prayers. May fond memories sustain you at this time. ”
35 of 67 | Posted by: Brian & Sonja Haggert - PA

“To the family-- I was very sad to hear of the passing of a gentle giant of a man, at least as I remember him from my earliest memories from Ritter...Read More »
36 of 67 | Posted by: Joseph Moore - Toccoa, GA

“I had the pleasure of seeing Irv over the years and he was always smiling - happy to be with people. I also served on the board of the DE Sports...Read More »
37 of 67 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear the news of Irv's passing. H Ee was a great man and surely will be missed. I am so pleased that Irv allowed me to coach his...Read More »
38 of 67 | Posted by: Barbara Viera - Newark, DE

“He was the best...the patriarch of a wonderful mother and father counted them amongst the best that Newark had to offer....I can remember...Read More »
39 of 67 | Posted by: Christopher Hill - Ft Lauderdale, FL

“Mr. Whiz leaves so many great memories for me, our children (Gina and Rick Barnabo), and now our grand kids as campers at Varsity. All of us loved it...Read More »
40 of 67 | Posted by: Mary Gilson Layher - Dexter, MI

“I will never forget the day I was hired at Varsity Day Camp. Whiz and I sitting at a table in the basement of the camp building. He asked when I...Read More »
41 of 67 | Posted by: Jarrett Cogswell - Pinckney, MI

“Mr. Whiz was an outstanding individual whose life will carry on in the many lives he was able to influence. ”
42 of 67 | Posted by: Beth (Zantop) Galvan

“I remember the first time I met Mr. "Whiz", I had just started going to Varsity Day Camp. My Mom had obtained a job there as an employee. I remember...Read More »
43 of 67 | Posted by: Benjamin Kehn - Ypsilanti, MI

“All of us in the Cordley Lake Association join you in celebrating Mr. "Whiz", and join you in mourning his loss. He will be remembered and greatly...Read More »
44 of 67 | Posted by: Terri Wilkerson on behalf of the Cordley Lake Association

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time. We're holding you in our hearts. ”
45 of 67 | Posted by: Joan Wheeler and Tedd Cocker - DE

“I have so many fond memories of "coach Wiz". First was of him sitting in my parents dining room telling me about the University. He convinced me to...Read More »
46 of 67 | Posted by: Cliff Gallira - Wayne, NJ

“My sincerest condolences to Coach Whiz's family. It was my privilege to have Whiz as my basketball coach at the University of Delaware. He loved to...Read More »
47 of 67 | Posted by: Nate Cloud - Wilmington, DE

“My children attended Varsity Day Camp for a couple of years and have very fond memories of Mr. Whiz. He treated my kids like they were his own...Read More »
48 of 67 | Posted by: Kathleen Bandfield - Howell, MI

“Rest in peace Mr Wiz. You and your family were often in my family's and my thought especially since my sisters first child is getting close to...Read More »
49 of 67 | Posted by: Joe Janukaitis - pinckney, MI

“So very sorry to hear of Mr. Whiz's passing. He was a very special person. ”
50 of 67 | Posted by: Katie Shaw Lawrence - Howell, MI

“Whiz made a positive impact on me and many other campers at Varsity Day Camp. He'll be missed by thousands. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs....Read More »
51 of 67 | Posted by: John Fingerle - Ann Arbor, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wisniewski family at this time.Patricia & Michael Morgan ”
52 of 67 | Posted by: Patricia & Michael Morgan - MD

“To Pat Wisniewski and all his family - Many years have passed since we last crossed paths. My family sends all our sympathies to your family. - Gary...Read More »
53 of 67 | Posted by: Gary Graham - New Castle, DE

“Our sympathy to the family. We were so fortunate to know the family in Michigan. Will always remember how the "Lodgers" were included in some of the...Read More »
54 of 67 | Posted by: Connie Humbert-Bigwood - FL

“When I was at the U. of DE in the early 1960's, I always remembered Coach Whiz as one of the nicest men that I ever met. Always had a pleasant smile...Read More »
55 of 67 | Posted by: LaFazia Dennis - Bear, DE

“Dear Mrs. Whiz and Family. I was so sad to hear of Whis' passing- what a great man. Some of my best memories ever are from my summers at Varsity Day...Read More »
56 of 67 | Posted by: Karen (Peanut Orr) Godfrey - MI

“Thinking of you all and wishing you peace. His life will live on in you all. ”
57 of 67 | Posted by: Rachael Coffey - Newark, DE

“I went to Varsity Day camp growing up and have such fond memories of the camp, counselors and Mr. Wizz-I was terrified to swim and I learned there...Read More »
58 of 67 | Posted by: Wendy (Winkler) Stuart - Westlake, OH

“Sincere condolences to Martha, Norene, Louann and rest of the family. Whiz will be remembered as a kind and a wonderful person. May his soul rest in...Read More »
59 of 67 | Posted by: Dorothy Clarke - Ft.. Myers, FL

“I spent my sophomore year of high school in Newark where I became a fast and best friend to Clare. The years have past but the memories of the...Read More »
60 of 67 | Posted by: Patti Hatch Beck - South Jordan, UT

“Mr. Whiz was a kind man. My kids (Kendall & Andy Ward) spent many summers at the day camp. They are 32 and 34 now and still have there Varsity Day...Read More »
61 of 67 | Posted by: Beth Ward

“My boy's went to Varsity Day Camp when they were 6-12. Mr. Whiz was the most wonderful gentleman. Always happy to see the kids, involved with...Read More »
62 of 67 | Posted by: Michelle Vedder - Pinckney, MI

“Our sympathy to your family. He was a great man, and I am so happy my family had a chance to experience Varsity Day Camp. ”
63 of 67 | Posted by: Barbara DeLaTorre - Pinckney, MI

“Coach Whiz always made you feel important and always had a smile...two great qualities! He was one if the great Americans! Thanks Coach for helping...Read More »
64 of 67 | Posted by: Ed Clark - Rehoboth Beach, DE

“What an amazing man who did so much good in the world. My condolences to the entire family ”
65 of 67 | Posted by: Debi - Downingtown, PA

“I am so sorry for you loss. What a great man, he has truly left a legacy. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
66 of 67 | Posted by: Susan (Lake) Andrews - Phoenix, AZ

“Bottom line...I would not be the person I am today had you not been in my life. THANK YOU for being such a prominent part of an incredible childhood....Read More »
67 of 67 | Posted by: Mary Fayod - Ann Arbor, MI

Irvin C. "Whiz"Wisniewski, age 89, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 8, 1925 in Toledo, OH to the late Frank and Stella (Chmielewski) Wisniewski.

He graduated from Woodward H.S. in Toledo, OH, where his athletic prowess would earn him a place in both the high school and city halls of fame. Irvin then answered the call and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Second Lieutenant, instructing B-29 bombardier crews. Upon his return, Irvin attended the University of Michigan, becoming a 2 sport, 4 year letter athlete. He played on the 1947 and 1948 teams that won the national college championships. The '48 team had the honor of playing in the Rose Bowl where they beat USC 49-0. Irvin played basketball on the '48 team that won the Western Conference Championship and was the first University of Michigan team to be invited to play in the NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Irvin obtained a head coaching position at Hillsdale College. It was at this time that he and his wife Martha established Varsity Day Camp in Pinckney, MI for boys and girls ages 6-13. The camp still operates today, 65 years later.
Irv was then tapped to coach at the University of Delaware where he was the line coach and offensive coordinator for the football team and head coach of the basketball and golf teams. He was chosen in 1966-67 to be a goodwill ambassador and travel to Poland, which at the time was still behind the Iron Curtain, to establish a basketball program that resulted in becoming Poland's 1968 Olympic Team. In 2000, he was inducted into the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame for his coaching, and in 2006 to the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.

A man of strong faith, Irv was instrumental in the establishment of the Neumann center which is now the St. Thomas More Oratory at the University of Delaware. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Irv also gave his time, talents and expertise to the local CYO.
In addition to running Varsity Day Camp, he had a successful business, Delaware Sporting Goods, for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Martha; children Anne Brattan and husband Tom of Columbia, MD, Mary Wisniewski of Chicago, IL, Pat Wisniewski and wife Karen of Newark, DE, Mike Wisniewski and wife Barbara of Newark, DE, John Wisniewski of Oveido, FL, Jane Selner and husband Craig of North Wales, PA, and Clare Farrall and husband Ken of Lewes, DE; 17 grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters Norene Dupre of Southborough, MA and Louann Vogel of Temperance, MI and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his son Mark, a sister Alice Goclowski, and grandson Matthew Farrall.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1030 AM on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the St. Thomas More Oratory**, 45 Lovett Ave., Newark, DE 19711. Viewing for friends and family will be held from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, Inc., 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711. In lieu of flowers, contribution checks can be made to "Varsity Day Camp" (Scholarship Fund) or the "St. Thomas More Oratory" and sent c/o the funeral home.

**Parking will be quite limited at The Oratory. Please consider parking at The Bob, and taking the free bus from the bus stop near the Field House to the Perkins Student Center stop on Academy Street, a short walk to the Oratory. The bus runs every twenty minutes through the day.
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