DelRoy “Barney” Kowalzek, a resident of Lastrup, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the Pierz Villa.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Feb. 21, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup with the Rev. David Maciej officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
DelRoy (Barney) Matthew Kowalzek was born in Little Falls April 2, 1945, to the late Felix and Erma (Voelker) Kowalzek. Barney was united in marriage to Shirley Tretter July 16, 1966, at Holy Cross Church in Onamia. The couple lived in the Lastrup area for over 30 years while raising three children. Barney and Shirley owned and operated Barney’s Place in Lastrup for 17 years. Barney took pride in sponsoring many local sports teams, but the most enjoyment came from being a part of the Barney’s Bulldogs baseball team. There were not too many things that kept him from being at the ball games. He is well known for his storytelling, singing and “blue bloomers.” He liked raising chickens and taking care of his companion, “Little Hoss.” His stories and sense of humor will be greatly missed, may he rest in peace.
Survivors include sons, Doug of Harding and Kenny (Kris) Kowalzek of Pierz; daughter, Paula (Gary) Jutz of Buckman; grandsons, Robby and Ryan Kowalzek and Jeremy Jutz; granddaughter KayLee Jutz; siblings, Jerome (Erna) Kowalzek of Lino Lakes, Larry (Iris) Kowalzek of Pierz, David (Nancy) Kowalzek of Fort Ripley, Gary (Brenda) Kowalzek of Coon Rapids and Lois (John) Hoheisel of Pierz; and sister-in-law, Sylvia Kowalzek of Lastrup.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Nov. 12, 1997); parents, Felix and Erma Kowalzek; sister, Irene Schwartz; and brothers, Alwin and Roger Kowalzek.
Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home