Michael “Bud” Zyvoloski, a resident of St. Cloud, formerly of Long Prairie and Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
A Memorial Mass for Bud Zyvoloski was held Saturday, Feb. 23, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, with the Rev. Jerry Nordick officiating. Military rites were with the Little Falls VFW Post 1112.
Bud was born Jan. 8, 1926, to the late Michael F. and Martha (Nowak) Zyvoloski in Little Falls. He received the sacraments of baptism, first communion, confirmation and marriage at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Little Falls. He was also a Mass server in his youth and enjoyed doing things for the church. He graduated from Little Falls High School in 1943. After graduation, he enlisted in the United State’s Navy, graduating from radio operator’s school. He was assigned to the destroyer USS Dyson as a radio operator and served in the Pacific until the war was over. Music played a large part in Bud’s life. Whether it was playing in his family’s band with his mother, father and siblings in his early years, playing with various dance bands throughout Central Minnesota, singing with the barbershop group from the Little Falls area or singing in the church choir, music was one of his special talents. It was through music he met his wife, Delores Brausen. While playing for a dance in Pierz, he was introduced to Delores and the rest was history. They were united in marriage Nov 13, 1948, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Little Falls. They lived in Little Falls and raised three children, Catherine, Cindy and Michael III. He learned the trade of dry cleaning working at Lik Nu dry cleaners in Little Falls. They moved to the city of Long Prairie in 1957, where he bought his own dry cleaning business, the Quality Cleaners. He was very active in the church and community. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club from 1959 to 1980, local Legion and VFW clubs, as well as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years with the Long Prairie Fire Department, retiring in 1979. Another important part of Bud’s life was his love for baseball. He played for many amateur teams throughout his youth, playing and coaching for teams well into his 50s. One of the biggest thrills for him was playing for the Little Falls Red Sox when they won the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament in 1949. He also enjoyed the game of softball, playing and coaching for many local teams over the years. When his playing days were over, he took to the stands and became a fan of many sports. Whether it was the Twins, watching his grandchildren’s high school and college games, Johnnie football or the St. Cloud River Bats/Rox he was there giving his all as a true fan.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Delores; children, Catherine John, Becker, Cindy Sellin, St. Cloud and Michael (Mary) Zyvoloski III, Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Michael Zyvoloski IV, St. Cloud, Sarah Zyvoloski, Sauk Rapids and Anna Zyvoloski, Duluth; brother, Hubert Zyvoloski, Little Falls; sisters, Mary Wuellner, Little Falls and Joan (Jack) Saehr, Little Falls; and sister-in-law; Joyce Zyvoloski, Las Vegas, Nev.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Michael F. and Martha Zyvoloski; brother, Thomas Zyvoloski; brother-in-law, Norman Wuellner; sister-in-law, Ella Zyvoloski; son-in-law, Mike Sellin; infant brothers, Harry and Anthony; and infant sister, Rita.
A special thank you goes out to the all those health care individuals, groups and departments at St. Cloud Hospital, Country Manor Rapid Recovery and the St. Cloud Veterans Administration who have cared for Bud over the years and in his last few days here with us. Your skills, excellent care and compassion over the years has allowed us much more quality time with him.
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