David passed away Sept. 2, 2020, at Dove Health Care in Bloomer. He was born Oct. 6, 1945, in Rice Lake, Wis., to Irene and Vincent Oborski. He was raised by his maternal grandparents Esther and Emil Fremming, of Chetek. Growing up, Grandpa Emil encouraged David and provided him with training in photography. Grandpa Emil passed his love for photography down to David. This was a hobby that brought him pleasure throughout the years.
On May 29, 1964, he graduated Chetek High School where he was active in bowling, baseball and drama. He joined the Air Force Oct. 29, 1965, where he worked as a cook. He was discharged Feb. 28, 1969. David married Jane Nelson (Rongstad) in 1966. Into that marriage, two daughters were born, Tami and Polly. David and Jane later divorced. In his adult life, David made the Chicago area his home where he worked as a chef for various restaurants and most recently at North Shore Hospital, Skokie, Ill. David married Shirley O’Quinn in 1992. The marriage later ended in divorce.
In 2010, David suffered a massive stroke. His daughter Polly moved David back to Wisconsin to be closer to his remaining family. While he struggled to communicate in his later years, he had a knack for making friends, and making people smile and laugh. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, reading newspapers and magazines. Oftentimes, when family would visit him in the nursing home, they would be handed a pile of recipes, newspaper ads and obituaries. Even though he couldn’t speak, he was always able to tell us what he wanted us to make, what snacks he was requesting, and a connection in the obituaries.
David is survived by his daughters, Tami Rongstad of Madison, and Polly Spenle (Robert) of New Auburn; grandchildren, Kaya Sims (Brian Macke) and Forrest Whitworth; his uncle, Ken Breckner; cousins, Jean Breckner (Reno Vuillemot), Kris Andress (Gary ) and Brad Breckner (Brenda); and sister-in-law, Gabriele Oborski.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Esther and Emil Fremming; parents, Irene and Vincent Oborski; brothers, Jim and Dennis Oborski; sister-in-law, Rene Oborski; and aunt, Jeanette Breckner.
An informal celebration of life will be held Sept. 11, 2020, starting at 2 p.m. at the Chetek Airport pavilion, 633 Lakeview Drive, Chetek. Food and beverages will be provided. Internment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery, at 4 p.m. Family requests that attendees please reflect upon stories of David to share during the celebration. Since he was known for his sense of humor and shenanigans, we know there are many stories that his daughters and others would love to hear. The family would like to specifically thank the staff at Dove Health Care in Bloomer for their excellent care and thorough communication while David was in their care. In addition, thank you to his team at Inclusa and the teams at Mayo Clinic Palliative Care and Hospice for advocating for his comfort and dignity as he closed the final chapter in his time here on earth.