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In Memory of Phil P. Velaski

Gathering of Family and Friends

3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday December 6, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton Street
Baldwin WI, 54002

It is with great sadness and joy that we share Philip Patrick Velaski was united with God in heaven early Sunday morning, November 28th, 2021.  He passed away peacefully with his wife, Diane, of 55 years by his side.


Phil was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. He was a loving husband and father, always putting his family first. He loved football and was his grandkids’ #1 fan. Phil’s grandkids describe their grandpa as a hero, determined, a wonderful role model, caring, funny, loving, and a great storyteller.


Phil was born on November 7, 1947 to Edmond and Dorothy (Thompson) Velaski in Bemidji, Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Diane (Singer) on November 26, 1966.  


Phil is survived by his wife, Diane, children Ann (Dale) Sebald, Melissa Hardman, Jessica (Richard) Bark, Matt (Amanda) Velaski, 12 grandchildren and one great grandson. 


Our family appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, December 6th from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, WI, with a reception for friends and family to follow at the American Legion in Baldwin until 9:00 p.m. Private family interment at St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in River Falls, WI.

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    • My condolences to you & your family. We are getting older & the inevitable occurs. My prayers are with you

    • We where very sorry Diane to hear of Phil’s passing and are sending you our prayers and sincere thoughts to you and your family. Cal & Linda Hop

    • My condolences to you Diane and your family for the loss of Phil!
      I considered Phil a friend not just a patient and I am saddened by his passing!! Such a great guy! RIP my friend!

    • Diane so sorry to hear this sad news. Now Phil will Rest In Peace. Love to you all. Hugs to you Diane. Love Roxi (Marcotte) Tunheim

    • Sincere thoughts and prayers for the Velaski family. Very sad to hear of Phil’s passing. Judy Lindstrom

    • So saddened to learn of Phil’s death. A good man, leaving behind a wonderful legacy. God Bless you all.

      Karen and family