Donald Michael Pawlicki, 81, of Glencoe, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 26, at the Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe. The Rev. Anthony Stubeda officiated.
The readers were Sierra Wieneke and Taylor Pawlicki. The song leader was Kelly Blissenbach, and the organist was Sue Mielke. Congregational hymns were “Here I Am, Lord,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “I Am the Bread of Life,” “Song of Farewell” and “Be Not Afraid.”
Military honors were by the Glencoe American Legion Post 95. Honorary pallbearers were his great-grandchildren, Samantha Ims, Rachel Ims, Benjamin Ims and Grace Pawlicki. Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Heather Ims, Cory Pawlicki, Bailey Pawlicki, Taylor Pawlicki, Sierra Wieneke and Olivia Wieneke. Interment was in the Glencoe Catholic Cemetery.
Mr. Pawlicki was born Dec. 26, 1932, in Silver Lake, to Michael and Gertrude (Pokornowski) Pawlicki. He was baptized as an infant on Dec. 28, 1932 by the Rev. S. Julkowski, received first communion in April 1943, and was confirmed Nov. 4, 1945, all at St. Adelbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
He attended school in Silver Lake through the eighth grade and then worked with his parents on the family farm.
Mr. Pawlicki entered the U.S. Army on May 1, 1953, and served his country as an Army corporal during the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge on April 29, 1955.
On May 13, 1961, Mr. Pawlicki was united in marriage to Eleanor Heinen by the Rev. Henry LeMay at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe.
They made their home in Glencoe. In February, when Mr. Pawlicki needed help with his daily care, he moved to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
The Pawlickis were blessed with three children, Rick, Randy and Patti. They shared 52 years of marriage.
Mr. Pawlicki worked various manufacturing jobs, mostly notably as a painter. He worked for Pure Milk in Winsted, Farmhand in Green Isle and Bullert’s gravel pit.
He served as the St. Pius X Catholic School custodian from 1983-86 before going to work at Delta Manufacturing. He retired in the mid 1990s. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Glencoe, where he served as an usher.
Mr. Pawlicki was a good person who truly enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a fan of polka and concertina music. He also was creative and expressed that with his hands. He enjoyed both metal working and wood working, the outdoors and cutting wood. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Pawlicki of Glencoe; children, Rick (Cindy) Pawlicki of Chaska, Randy (Jodi) Pawlicki of Becker and Patti (Jeff) Wieneke of Luverne; grandchildren, Heather Ims, Cory Pawlicki, Bailey Pawlicki, Taylor Pawlicki, Sierra Wieneke and Olivia Wieneke; great-grandchildren, Samantha Ims, Rachel Ims, Benjamin Ims and Grace Pawlicki; brother, Leon (Sylvia) Pawlicki of Hutchinson; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Michael and Gertrude Pawlicki; and sister, Theresa Yurek.
Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge .
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