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Ken Stritesky, 71, of Silver Lake

Ken Stritesky

Ken Stritesky, 71, of Silver Lake, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at our Lady of Peace comfort care facility in St. Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Paul Schumacher was the celebrant. Music was performed by Lucy Newcomb and Wade Bryan.
Casket bearers were Roger Korista, Dale Yurek, Donald Humlichek, Brian Nemec, Dale Syverston and Alan Piehl. Interment was in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Silver Lake.
Ken Stritesky was born to Otto and Emily (Dusoki) Stritesky of Silver Lake. He graduated from Silver Lake High School. On Nov. 23, 1963, Ken Stritesky and Minerva Mikolichek were united in marriage at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The Striteskys made their home near Silver Lake, and their marriage was blessed with three children, Sherlyn, Wade and Paul. They shared 52 years of marriage.
Mr. Stritesky was one of the founding members of the Silver Lake Softball Association. He scheduled the league games and the Silver Lake Tournament. He enjoyed pitching for the Silver Lake fast-pitch softball team, winning the state championship in 1973 and again in 1980, when he played for the Sterner’s team of Winsted.
Mr. Stritesky was the owner/driver of Stritesky Trucking for 42 years. He and his dad, Otto, were partners hauling livestock until Otto Stritesky’s retirement in 1983. As sole proprietor, Mr. Stritesky hauled just freight until his retirement in 2007.
He enjoyed classic rock, listening to bands, traveling, golfing, fishing, playing cards, ribbing his family and friends, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Minerva Stritesky; children, Sherlyn Kapsner of Big Lake, and Wade (Jodi) Stritesky and Paul (Carolyn) Stritesky, both of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Brandon and Kori Kapsner and Tyson Stritesky; sisters, Donna (Leon) Pesina of Glencoe and Norma Wawrzyniak of Silver Lake; mother-in-law, Viola Kielas of Howard Lake; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Artmann of Silver Lake, Delores (Jack) Sweeney of Cornell, Wisconisin, Harvey (Connie) Mikolichek and Clarence (Melinda) Mikolichek, both of Silver Lake, Theresa (Jeff) Rich of Cokato, Dean (Karen) Mikolichek of Silver Lake, Linda (Ernie Meyer) Gieson of La Feria, Texas, Donald (Karen) Kielas of Silver Lake and Francis Helmbrecht of Hutchinson; 51 nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Preceding him death were his parents, Otto and Emily Stritesky; fathers-in-law, Theophil Mikolichek and Henry Kielas; brother-in-law, Clem Artmann; nieces, DeAnn Sweeney and Kim Kielas; and great-niece, Mileka Hall.
Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.mareshfuneralhome.com.