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Florian L. Yurek

Florian L. Yurek, age 64, of Hale Township, McLeod County, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack Aug. 20, 2001, at Glencoe Regional Health Care Services .

Florian was born Aug. 30, 1936, on the Yurek farm, in Hale Township, north of Silver Lake, to Louis and Joanne (Pawlak) Yurek.

He went to District 25 County School, and then went on the St. Adalbert's Catholic School, where he graduated from the eighth grade.

Florian married Theresa Pawlicki at St. Adalbert's Catholic Church, Silver Lake, April 20, 1965. He and Theresa made their home on their farm in Hale Township, where they lived out the rest of their lives.

Besides farming, Florian hauled milk for Stockholm Creamery, helped build houses and barns for Earl Zrust Construction, and worked at Pure Milk in Winsted making cheese.

He also worked in Winsted at Millerbernd's pressing steel.

In addition, Florian laid sod, worked for the Green Giant Corporation as a factory worker, picked sweet corn, and worked many other odd jobs.

Until his illness, he worked as a custodian for the Silver Lake Liquor Store.

Florian enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing, in his later years. In his younger years, he liked to go up north to hunt deer and look at the wild life.

He liked wood crafts, such as making lawn ornaments, and enjoyed painting buildings and playing the Concertina.

Florian would not miss Monday night wrestling, and "The Price is Right" on weekday mornings. He also liked gardening and mowing the grass, and enjoyed speaking Polish.

He loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren. When his children were small, he would take them to parades, fishing, and ice fishing.

Florian enjoyed farming and working in the fields with his son Michael. With his grandchildren, he would always take time to play with them. He would fix their bicycles and toys when broken, and was a special buddy to his grandson, Steven.

This past spring, he became a member of Gopher Campfire. Florian was also a member of Holy Family Church, Silver Lake.

Florian was an easy going man who liked to tease and joke around with people. He took life as it came, good or bad.

Florian is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Joanna Yurek; wife, Theresa; and sister-in-law, Jane Yurek.

He is survived by his son, Michael Yurek and wife, Amy, and daughter, Mary Juncewski and husband, Alan, all of Silver Lake; brother and sisters, Edward Yurek of Silver Lake and Eleanor Kucera and husband, Leonard of rural Silver Lake; brother-in-law, Donald Pawlicki and wife Eleanor of Glencoe; four grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 23, 2001, at Holy Family Catholic Church, with the Rev. Robert Mraz officiating.

The organist was Alice Nowak, with special music provided by Church Thiel.

"Amazing Grace," "On Eagles Wings," and "How Great Thou Art" were sung as hymns. "The Isabella Waltz" was played by Chuck Thiel.

A special Polish song was sung by Alice Nowak.

Biblical scriptures were read by Florian's nephew, Gerald Kucera.

Ken Kucera, Derek Kucera, Wade Kucera, Greg Davidson, Brent Kucera, and Steve Kucera served as pall bearers.

Interment took place at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Arrangements were made by Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake.

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