Emil B. Okroi, 89
Emil B. Okroi, a resident of Pierz, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at his home in Pierz.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, with Fr. David Maciej officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Emil B. Okroi was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Holyoke, to the late Frank and Rose Mary (Pruszynski) Okroi. The family lived in Holyoke until moving to Grenville, S.D., for a short time. The family returned to Belle Prairie Township, Morrison County. Emil attended school in Belle Prairie Township. He enlisted in the United States Army and served his country during World War II. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane Stavish April 13, 1948, at St. James Catholic Church in Randall. The couple made their home in Buh Township, Morrison County, for almost 65 years. Emil worked for Larson Boats in Little Falls. He farmed in Buh Township for several years and drove school bus and milk truck. He owned and operated Okies Junkies and later Okroi Salvage Yard. Emil enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, collecting scrap iron, gopher trapping, reading and playing cards with family and friends as long as he was winning. He was a member of the Little Falls American Legion Post #46 and the Little Falls VFW Post #1112. Emil and Mary Jane were members of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding.
Emil will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather by his wife, Mary Jane Okroi of Buh Township; children, Gary (Barb) Okroi of Pierz, Frank Okroi of Frenchtown, Mont., Robert (Nettie) Okroi of Little Falls, Emil Jr. (Lisa) Okroi of Pierz, Paul Okroi of Pierz, James Okroi of Long Prairie, Lawrence (Jackie) Okroi of Hillman and Julie (Randy) Marshall of Pierz; siblings, Joe (Darlene) Okroi of Little Falls and Francis (Joe) Okroi of Little Falls and 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Emil was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rose Okroi; sisters, Adeline Vnuk, Mary Erdrich and Rosalie Adams; and an infant brother and infant sister.
Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home