Greg Ziemkowski, 65

Greg Ziemkowski, a resident of Sullivan Lake formerly of Richfield, passed away Monday, June 11, 2012, at his home on Sullivan Lake surrounded by his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, MN with Father David Macieji officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Parish Cemetery in Harding, MN. Friends may call from 4-8 P.M. on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, MN and from 10-11 A.M. on Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, MN. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, MN.
Greg was born Nov. 11, 1946, in Chicago, Ill., to Phyllis and Clem Ziemkowski. He grew up in Minneapolis then Richfield, graduated from Richfield Senior High in 1964. He met his future wife while a  member of the band Grenadiers and married Cheryl Yohn, Dec. 5, 1964, at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Richfield. He started in the carpet business at Lambert’s Floor Covering in 1964. In 1975, he and his brothers, Ron and Brad, became partners in their parents’ Carpet Installation business, Ziem’s Carpet Workroom dba Mars Carpet Sales, retiring in 2001. Greg and Sherry made their home in Richfield,  before retiring to their home on Sullivan Lake. In the 70s and 80s, Greg coached and refereed youth football and also coached youth hockey. Greg enjoyed snowmobiling, especially the fun trips with friends which included the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. After retirement, Greg and Sherry traveled in their RV and for the past seven years loved wintering at Palm Creek in Casa Grande, Ariz., where he golfed and played pickleball. He also enjoyed fishing and his deer hunting weekends. Greg was extremely proud of his 10 grandchildren and attended many of their sporting events and activities. He was a member of Richardson’s Lion’s Club, the Harding Sportsman’s Club, and Holy Cross Catholic Church.
Greg is survived by his loving wife Sherry; daughters, Deb (Darrell) Heinecke, Richfield and Deanna (Tim) Brake, of Elko New Market; son Scott (Judy) Ziemkowski of Lakeville; grandchildren, Jill, Tasha, Michele, Shelby, Addie, Emily, Cassidy, Amanda, Kaylee and John; brother Brad (Karen) Ziemkowski of Bloomington; sister-in-law, Lynn Ziemkowski of Prior Lake; and other loving family and friends.
Greg was preceded in death by parents, Clem and Phyllis, and brother Ron.

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