James M. Piekarski, 61

obit-Piekarski-JJames M. Piekarski a resident of Swanville, passed away Feb. 18, 2013, in Lovington, New Mexico.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Swanville with Father Ronald Dockendorf officiating. Burial was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flensburg. Military Rites were conducted by the Swanville American Legion Post #313 and VFW Post #6037.
James M. “Ski” Piekarski was born in Little Falls, Aug. 31, 1951, to Richard and Theresa (Ludwig) Piekarski. He graduated from Little Falls Senior High School in 1969 and went to St. Cloud Vocational School for carpentry. He joined the Military in October 1970 and had an Honorable Discharge in April 1972. He was married earlier in life and later divorced. He operated a thriving construction business which later led to the acquisition of his own lumber business, Ski’s Lumber. He then married Diane (Brady) Piekarski Aug. 24, 1991. He was a pillar of the Swanville Community first as a carpenter for many building projects; member of the City Council, Swanville American Legion Post #313 and VFW Post #6037; involved in the formation of Granny’s Café and many other community activities.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Gwen (Mike) Adelmann; sons, Michael and Brian (Deb) Piekarski; stepdaughters, Karen (Chris) Brooks, Janet (Kent) Holmberg, Jean Gwost; step-son, Ken (Deb) Czech; four grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; two sisters and five brothers.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Therese Piekarski; brother, Carl Piekarski, and in-laws, James and Irene Brady. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Koetter and Jim Waltman. Active pallbearers were Brian Snyder, Gary Loxterkamp, Jim Rocheleau, Mike Adelmann, Mike Piekarski and Paul Lange.

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