Deacon Drobka, 84, dies; funeral Mass in Manitowoc Aug. 14

ALLOUEZ — Deacon Robert Drobka, 84, died Aug. 4 at his residence at the Gardens at Felician Village, Manitowoc.

Deacon Drobka served 22 years in active ministry as a deacon. He was ordained to the diaconate by then Bishop Adam Maida on Sept. 13, 1986. He was assigned to St. Mary Parish, Manitowoc, (one Manitowoc parish, St. Francis of Assisi, was formed in 2005) where he served until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2008.

Deacon Drobka’s ministries included serving on the worship committee, the finance committee and a chairperson for Renew 2000. He was also a member of the St. Mary Men’s Club and ministered as chaplain for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Deacon Drobka served the diocese as a field advocate for the marriage tribunal.

A Manitowoc native, Deacon Drobka was employed at Mirro Company for 42 years, retiring as manager of metal inventory control in 1994.

Deacon Drobka enjoyed praying the rosary twice a day, watching sports on television, playing sheepshead, Wii bowling and WWII airplanes.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Deanna, Manitowoc; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jim Drobka, Los Angeles, and Jerry and Pam Drobka, Naperville, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Bruce Peterson, Waukesha; one brother, Allan Drobka, Manitowoc; two brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Tom Niespodziany and his friend Robin Wood, Manitowoc; Paul and Donna (Evans) Niespodziany, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; Agnes Drobka, Milwaukee; and Sandra Niespodziany, Manitowoc. He is further survived by two step-grandchildren: Bryce Montgomery and his wife Laura, and Craig Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph Sr. and Josephine (Kubiszewski) Drobka; two brothers and a sister-in-law: Edwin and Bernice Drobka, Adolph Jr. (Bucky) Drobka; a sister and brother-in-law; Florence and Bob Johnston; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Drobka; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edwin and Elizabeth Niespodziany.

The funeral Mass is scheduled for Aug. 14 at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Marshall (formerly St. Mary). Bishop Robert Morneau will be the celebrant. Franciscan Fr. John Puodziunas will serve as the homilist. Entombment will follow at Calvary Mausoleum, Manitowoc.