Duane L. Laseski, 85

Duane J. Laseski, a resident of Forest Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Birchwood Health Care Center after a period of declining health.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Oct 30, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Forest Lake, with Fr. Donald DeGrood officiating. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers were Duane’s three sons-in-law and five of the grandchildren. Duane, or “Dewey” as he was known to many, was born in Little Falls, Feb. 3, 1927, to Frank and Esther (Krause) Laseski. He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church and graduated from Little Falls Community High School, where he played football. He was united in marriage to Rosemary R. Niedzielski of Gilman, Sept. 5, 1951, and together they raised a family of girls in Little Falls and were involved in St. Mary’s Church until the early 1970s. Duane was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who was stationed in Florida between August 1945 and July 1946. He took business courses at St. Cloud State. Duane and his family moved to Rush City, Minn., in the early 1970s, where Duane worked in management positions at Plastech Corporation, an injection molding company, for 21 years. In his retirement, he operated a plastic materials business known as DL Specialties. Duane enjoyed bicycling, card games and following Minnesota professional sports, especially the Timberwolves and the Twins. He also enjoyed a good bowl of ice cream.

Surviving are his devoted wife and four daughters, Ruth Laseski (Sandro Serra) of Bellaire, Texas, Mary Miller of Bountiful, Utah, Carol Boston (Rob) of Silver Spring, Md., and Barbara Ness (Randy) of Inver Grove Heights. He is also survived by a sister, Gerry Reaser, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, a brother Wes of Edina; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and nine grandchildren, Annie Serra, Ellie Serra, Laura Hancock, Julianne Hancock, Michelle Goeppinger (Sam), Claire Boston, Paul Boston, Riley Ness and Olivia Ness.

Duane was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy and son-in-law Steven Miller.