Ambrose William “Bob” Farniok, age 85, of Delano, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007.
Bob devoted his life to family and his work. He touched many throughout the community with his mechanical genius and generosity of spirit.
His career included 28 years at the Delano Granite Works.
His home workshop was a center of activity and a magnet for anyone who needed a mechanical problem solved. Bob’s reputation for his willingness to help anyone, anytime is well-known.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Margaret (Cebulla) Farniok; son-in-law Allen Swanson; granddaughter Stacy Vanderlinde; brothers John, Clem, and Donny Farniok; sister Jean Meuleners; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Elaine Farniok, Beth Farniok, Leander Meuleners, Carl Topel, Betty and Rich Gabrelcik, Anthony Schaust, George Fake, and Glen Litfin.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 57 years, Genevieve E. (Schaust); children Jane Swanson and friend Dennis Sticha, Judy Farniok and Tom Swanson, Dr. Kathryn Farniok and Erik Englebretson, Bob and Sharon Farniok, Rita and Lance DeTrude, Mark and Kay Farniok, Wanda and Mike Vanderlinde, Carmen and Ron Swartzer, Jean and Don Romer, Peggy and David Romer, John and Kim Farniok, Wendy and Ned Schroeder, Dan and Traci Farniok, and Bill Farniok and Maren Bassett; 33 grandchildren: Carrie Swanson, Val Swanson, Charlie Englebretson, Danny Englebretson, Nathan and Dana Farniok, Laena Farniok, Johnelle Farniok, Genevieve DeTrude, John DeTrude, Marcia Farniok and Joe Ditsch, Travis Farniok, Amanda Farniok, Elizabeth Farniok, Tim and Heather Vanderlinde, Michelle Vanderlinde, Danielle Vanderlinde, Michael Vanderlinde, Chris and Allie Swartzer, Jennifer Swartzer, Nick Romer, Michael Romer, Megan Romer, Leah Romer, Andrew Farniok, Justin Farniok, Jacob Farniok, Ryan Schroeder, Kyle Schroeder, Sydni Farniok, Aubri Farniok, Levi Farniok, and Liam Farniok; and five great-grandchildren: Claire Vanderlinde, Tyler Swartzer, Emma Swartzer, Jackson Swartzer, and Ava Swartzer.
He is further survived by brothers Jim and Phyllis Farniok, Wally Farniok, and Rich Farniok; sisters Valeria Topel, Margaret and Marlow Abdnor, and Eileen and Robert Merchant; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Carmen Farniok, Elaine Farniok, Elvera and Harold Gustafson, Leona Fake, Delores Schaust, Loren and Dorothy Schaust, Joe and Lorraine Schaust, Arlene Litfin, George and Joan Schaust, Leonard and Maxine Schaust, and Matt and Estelle Schaust.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Nov. 3 at the St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, with the Rev. Michael Miller officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Bob’s grandchildren were casket bearers and honorary casket bearers.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.