William "Will"'s Story
William "Will" Matthew Tadrowski, 68, of Fairfield Glade, passed from this life on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at his home.
Will was born Thursday, July 21, 1949, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Leona (Kawczynski) and William Tadrowski.
Will was raised in Southside of Chicago, mostly in the Beverly area. He attended St. John Fisher Grade School in Chicago then Marist High School in Alsip, IL, where he graduated in 1967. He attended Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, IL, from 1967-1971. Will met his wife at SIU, Sharon Harold, in 1968 and married while they were attending college. They were married Sept. 5, 1970, in Arlington Heights, IL.
Will volunteered for the draft after his completion of college serving the United States Army from Oct. 19, 1971, to Oct. 18, 1973. He was stationed at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, WA, for basic training, then Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA, for military police training, then sent to Vietnam as a military policeman with the US Army 716th battalion, the military police battalion stationed in DaNang, Bien Hoa, Long Binh and Saigon during three TET offenses. Will spent 10 months and 18 days in Vietnam. He completed his service at Fort Sheridan near Chicago, picking up AWOLS in several Midwest states.
Will and his wife, Sharon, settled in Northwest Indiana in 1974 (Portage, Valparaiso and St. John) where he was a Teamster Local 142 and then an Operating Engineer Local 150 mostly in the steel mills around Gary, IN. Will was a member of the American Legion in Indianapolis, IN. He retired as a field supervisor for Harsco Multiserv in East Chicago, IL, early due to health reasons linked to Agent Orange in 2006. They built a house in Fairfield Glade and moved from St. John, IN, in July 2006 where he resided until his death. Throughout their 47 years of marriage, Will and Sharon's children were their 15 dogs that they raised. Will really loved his dogs, especially the current ones: Sunshine and Sophie.
Will is survived by his wife: Sharon Harold Tadrowski of Fairfield Glade; four sisters: Linda and Henry Olszewski of Valparaiso, IN, Debra Baker of Chesterton, IN, Susan Tadrowski of Fairfield Glade, and Nancy and Jim Roherty of San Diego, CA; brother-in-law: Richard Harold II of Oviedo, FA; two nieces: Sarah and Ted Tsagris of Valparaiso, IN, Jennifer and Jeff Atherton of Virginia Beach, VA; and four nephews: Scott Baker of Valparaiso, IN, Michael and Amanda Olszewski of Chesterton, IN, David Olszewski of Valparaiso, IN, and Richard Harold III of Oviedo, FL.
Will was preceded in death by his parents.
Will chose cremation and the family followed his wishes and a Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to Final Care Cremation Services.
Published on October 20, 2017