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Bruce Fredrick Maresh

A funeral Mass for Bruce Fredrick Maresh, 50, of Silver Lake took place Thursday, July 11, from the Church of the Holy Family in Silver Lake. The Rev. Robert Mraz, Dr. Thomas Rakow, and the Rev. Deanna Reikow all officiated

Bruce died unexpectedly at his office in Silver Lake Monday morning, July 8, 2002.

The organist was Alice Nowak, and Cheryl Jakobitz provided prelude music. Special music was provided by Jackie Konerza singing, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" and Art Groen, singing "What A Wonderful World." The congregational hymns included "How Great Thou Art," "Here I Am Lord" and "On Eagles Wings."

Pallbearers were Joseph Maresh, Lucas Maresh, Matthew Maresh, Joshua Klima, Jordan Klima and Carrie Jaskowiak. The honorary pallbearers were Brenda Jaskowiak, Pamela Jaskowiak, Mary Kay Jaskowiak and Sophie Klima.

Honorary groups seated at the Mass included the Silver Lake Fire Department, the Silver Lake Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, as well as numerous funeral directors from throughout the state. Interment was at Bohemian National Cemetery of Rich Valley Township.

Bruce Maresh was born in Glencoe March 31, 1952, to Fredrick B. and Catherine J. (Graven) Maresh. He was baptized at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and attended parochial school through the eighth grade and then the Silver Lake Public School through graduation in 1970.

He continued his education in college and completed his mortuary training at the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1976. He returned to work at the funeral home with his father, where he became the owner in 1981.

On April 15, 1978, he was united in marriage to Wendy J. Klima at the Grace Bible Church, formerly the Congregational Church in Silver Lake.

Bruce was a lifelong member of the community and had been involved in many organizations, including the Silver Lake Fire Department, the Lions Club, the ambulance crew, the Knights of Columbus, the First Community Bank Board, and the pool committee, to name just a few.

His hobbies were hunting and fishing, golfing, traveling with his family, spending time at the lake cabin, spending time with his kids and going to their activities.

Bruce was a "jack of all trades." He could fix most things and always was there to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.

He enjoyed running and would try to run in every state the family visited. He had the gifts of patience, compassion and caregiving, and that is what made him such an excellent funeral director. Everyone knew Bruce had only good things to say about everyone, had an easy going nature, and an overall kind demeanor.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Wendy; son and two daughters, Andrew Maresh, Renae Maresh and Cassie Maresh, all of Silver Lake; brother and sister, Bob (Kathy) Maresh and Penny (Duane) Jaskowiak of Silver Lake; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harvey and Esther Klima of Cokato; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Ruthie Klima of Cokato; as well as five nieces; five nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal grandparents; paternal grandparents; as well as aunts and uncles.

Arrangements were by the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

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