Clarence P. Firkus, 79

Clarence P. Firkus, a resident of Pierz, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at his son’s home in Pierz.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz, MN with Father Gerald Dalseth officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends may gather from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz, MN and from 9:00-10:00 A.M. on Saturday at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz, MN . Parish Prayers will be said at 4:15 P.M. on Friday evening at the funeral home.

Clarence P. Firkus was born July 25, 1932, in Holdingford, to the late Frank Henry Firkus and Anastasia “Stella” (Kursa) Firkus. Clarence’s family moved to Harding area when he was a young boy where he attended country school. He was united in marriage to Jeanette Przybilla, May 11, 1959, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman. The couple later divorced. Clarence lived in Mankato, for several years where he managed a mobile home park. He also worked at Taytronics in St. Peter and also worked as a bookkeeper and at the Holiday Station Store in St. Peter. He was proud to have worked until he was the age of 74. Clarence enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage, turtle hunting, gardening, flowers, birds and loved animals. He enjoyed driving around and looking at the sights.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Ron (Laura) Firkus of Pierz,  Jerry (Dianne) Firkus of Sturgeon Lake,  Tom Firkus of White Side, Mo., and Michelle (Ken) Hassan of Isanti; sister, Maxine (Sonny) Bednar of Pierz; sister-in-law, Dorine (Schraut) Firkus of Eagle Bend; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anastasia “Stella” (Kursa) Firkus; brother, Frank H. Firkus; two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Stegora and Loretta Jamma.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home