Joe Medek, 64

obit-Medek-JJoe Medek, a resident of Pierz, passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at his home in Pierz.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, May 6, 2013, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman, with Father Gregg Poser officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.

Joseph James Medek was born March 18, 1949, in Little Falls to the late Edward and Gertrude (Tretter) Medek. He spent his early childhood days in North Dakota where his parents worked for a crop farmer. They later moved back to Minnesota and after some time, bought and ran the Center Valley Store and Sawmill. Joe spent his early years helping at the family mill. In 1969, Joe was drafted and served his country in the Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Carol Polasek May 4, 1974 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Sobieski. The couple resided in rural Pierz where they raised their children. Joe always had a part in the sawmill and when Eddie could no longer run it, he took it over. He had several jobs throughout the years. His most recent was at IWCO and the Pierz Post Office. Joe’s faith was truly tested over the past year with his illness. He was always up-beat and positive even when he was hurting inside. Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, especially evenings on the deck with Carol, creating inventions with the boys, and watching ball games with his daughter. He also loved taking the grandchildren for rides on the four-wheeler and tractor. Some of his favorite pastimes were sawing logs, hunting, fishing, or just kicking back, relaxing with a cold one. He was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Carol Medek of Pierz; sons, Craig (Jessy) Medek of Royalton and Brad (Kelly) Medek of Pierz; daughter, Kelly (fiancé Patrick Stangl) Medek of Pierz; grandchildren, Will, Sarah, Grace, Laura, Zack, Leo, Owen, Aidan and one on the way; brother, Larry (Nancy) Medek of Pierz; and sister, Cheryl (Les) Hughes of St. Cloud.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Gertrude Medek.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to: Hope Lodge in Minneapolis or Coborns Cancer Center in St. Cloud.

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