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In Memoriam ~ Gene Katzmarek ’47

Gene M. Katzmarek ’47

Gene M. Katzmarek, 88, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, March 13, 2018.  Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6 PM at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (901 East 90th Street – Bloomington).  Family and friends are invited to gather prior to Mass from 4-6 PM.  Private Internment. 

Gene was born May 31, 1929, in Minneapolis, the son of Martin and Elizabeth (Bias) Katzmarek.  He graduated from De La Salle High School before attending the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree. He served in the US Navy before being honorably discharged. In 1952, he was united in marriage to Gerry Soltys at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Minneapolis.  Gene owned and operated M.S. Katzmarek Wholesale Produce until his retirement at age 55. He then worked at numerous part time jobs.

Gene was a member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church where he participated in the Perpetual Adoration Society. In addition, he was active in the First Friday Group and Serra Club. He also enjoyed playing 500 at Creekside Senior Card Club and he volunteered weekly at Martin Luther Manor in Bloomington.

Gene’s two favorite places were his cabin on Sullivan Lake and his hunting property in Hinckley (better known as Hinckley Heaven). He enjoyed his time at the cabin with his family his entire life!. He was also an avid outdoorsman and hunter.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marion Olson and Helen Reiser; and one brother, Robert Katzmarek.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gerry; 7 dearly loved children, Barb Hanson, Gloria (Pete) Boo, Charles (Mary) Katzmarek, David Katzmarek ( Brother Joseph), Jane Frances (Randy) Barrett, Carol (Christopher) Gilbertson, and James (Abby) Katzmarek; 15 grandchildren, Kristine and Benjamin Hanson, Eliza and Michal Boo, Blaze Katzmarek, Michal, Kamil and Daniel Barrett, David, Regina, Gabriel, and Ricky Gilbertson, John, Mia, and Katie Katzmarek; special sister-in-law, Lorraine Sitarz; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials preferred to J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park, MN.