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Jerome C. Blaskowski

Sauk Centre Herald of Sauk Centre, Minnesota

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Jerome C. Blaskowski, age 85 of Sauk Centre, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, surrounded by his family at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Dick McGuire officiating. Interment with military honors was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Jerome Clifford Blaskowski was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Jamestown, N.D., to Felix and Lucille (Schwartz) Blaskowski. He grew up on a farm near Buchanan, N.D., and the family moved to Brainerd in 1935. He began school in Brainerd and in 1940 the family moved to a farm near Sedan, where he finished school.

In the fall of 1951, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged in 1953. On Sept. 6, 1954, he was united in marriage to Mildred Joan Johnson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood. That same fall he began driving a gas transport hauling Standard Oil products for Ruan for nine years. He later drove for Standard Oil Company until his retirement in 1984. After his retirement, he worked part-time for Mike Klaphake, Silver Fir Sales and Cabinet Components.

As a young man, he hunted mink and pheasants with his brother. He also enjoyed restoring Willys Army Jeeps, which he had driven in Korea. There he had chauffeured John Eisenhower in a Willys Jeep when Eisenhower visited his area.

He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, American Legion Post 67 and was a 50-year member of the Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Blaskowski of Sauk Centre; three children, Julie Denk of Sauk Centre, Tim (Sharon) Blaskowski of Melrose and Norman Blaskowski of Sauk Centre; four grandchildren, Rodney (Lucinda) Denk, Michael (Amy) Blaskowski, Christopher (Nicole)

Blaskowski and David (Amanda) Blaskowski; two great-granddaughters, Claire and Ava, and one on the way; sisters, Celesta Doege and Eleanor Berggren, both of Glenwood; brother, Felix (Mercida) Blaskowski of Glenwood; sister-in-law, Betty Blaskowski of Farwell; and many nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Stanley and Alfred Blaskowski; sisters, Pat Huerkamp and infant Roseanne; sister-in-law, Lillian Blaskowski; brothers-in-law, Albert Doege, Pep Berggren and Alvin Huerkamp.

Serving as casket bearers" were his grandsons, Rodney Denk, Mike, Chris and David Blaskowski and his nephews, Grant Blaskowski and Jerry Huerkamp.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.



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Original Publication Date: November 21, 2013



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