Edwin Julius Pawelk, age 92, of Winsted, entered eternal rest early Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, 2008, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
He was born Jan. 11, 1916, in New Germany, the son of Emil and Emelia Emilie (Goede) Pawelk.
Edwin was baptized Feb. 6, 1916, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. He was instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith by the Reverend Theo Rolf April 13, 1930, at St. Mark Lutheran Church. His confirmation memory verse was Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Edwin served in the 14th Armored Division of the US Army from 1942 to 1943.
He was joined in holy marriage to Clara Josephine Paul Aug. 28, 1948, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with twin sons.
Edwin was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.
He was formerly employed for more than 33 years at Pure Milk in Winsted.
Edwin is survived by loving sons: Douglas P. (Mary) Pawelk of Winsted, and David P. (Marilyn) Pawelk of Lester Prairie; three grandchildren: Cassandra Pawelk, Lynette Pawelk (fiancé Kyle Alger), and Paul Pawelk; two step-grandchildren, Tina (Chad) Duenow and Jim McKnight; five step-great-grandchildren, Donovan, Dominic, Dakota, Jessica, and Jonathan; brother-in-law Gilbert (Joan) Paul of Lester Prairie; sisters-in-law Dorothy (David) Micka of Hutchinson, Alice Paul of Silver Lake, and Lillian Paul of Fridley; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Pawelk, Jan. 31, 2003; his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Agnes (Paul) Jakubic, Ida (George) Reese, Lillie (Henry) Lohrke, and Arles (Roland) Zellmann; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Oscar (Mabel) Pawelk and Roy (Marcella) Pawelk.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted with the Rev. Don Urbach officiating. Sharon Pingree was the organist. Bruce Gatz, vocalist, sang “How Great Thou Art,” “I’m But a Stranger Here,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Interment with military rites followed at Winsted Public Cemetery.
Visitation took place Friday, Feb. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Casket bearers were Bob Kutz, Terry Kutz, Larry Biske, Doug Telecky, Darril Telecky, and Jim McKnight.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.