William D. “Bill” Zaske, age 74, of Maple Lake, and formerly of Montrose, died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at his residence.
He was born May 17, 1933, in Morgan, the son of William and Erma Braunger Zaske.
Bill graduated from Morgan High School in 1951, where he played on the football team.
William was joined in holy marriage with Alice Vogl Oct. 4, 1952, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan. God blessed their marriage with six children.
Bill honorably served his country in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War. When he returned to Morgan, he assisted his parents with their family farm and worked at the Morgan Gas Station until 1960.
Bill and Alice also worked at his parent’s resort on Mille Lacs Lake.
In 1965, they moved to Montrose, and Bill began working for the state highway department. He retired in 1994, and they moved to rural Maple Lake.
Bill enjoyed gardening, mowing grass, and collecting two-cylinder John Deere tractors and engines.
For many years, Bill and Alice wintered in Harlingen, Texas.
He was a faithful member of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Maple Lake, and belonged to the VFW, Knights of Columbus, and to the Catholic Aid Association.
He is survived by his loving wife, Alice; children Jean (Tom) Triplett of Hackensack, Eric (Maureen) Zaske of Rosemount, Laureen (Don) Bodin of Buffalo, Barb Staskivige of Delano and special friend Phil St. Aubin, Kevin (Cheryl) Zaske of Maple Lake and Cathy (Jeff) Czock of Buffalo; 13 grandchildren: Jodi (Tim) Lengyel, Rob, (Jessie) Triplett, Jessi (Tom) Hanson, Rosella and Amelia Zaske, Amy (Brad) Ebert, Laurie Bodin (Ryan Ross), Kelly Bodin (Jake), Billie Jo Salonek, and Kevin Staskivige Jr. (Maddie), David, Maria, and Anna Zaske; 15 great-grandchildren: Nicole, Dylan, Thomas, Shelby, Colton, Cassie, Hunter, Kayla, Jakob, Brad Jr., Billy, Dylan, Dan, Allyson and Cody Nelson; two brothers, Donald (Nancy) Zaske of Onamia and Dennis (Anita) Zaske of Longville; a sister, Darleen (Jerry) Hatch of Oregon; other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Erma Zaske and by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Anna Vogl.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Timothy in Maple Lake. Father Michael Izen was the celebrant. A Knights of Columbus Rosary was recited at 10 a.m.
Visitation was Sunday, March 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 6:30 P.M. Sunday evening.
Interment with military rites took place Monday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Morgan with Father Robert J. Wyffels officiating.
Honorary casket bearers were Jodi Lengyel, Amy Ebert, Billie Jo Salonek, Jessi Hanson, Laurie Bodin, Kelly Bodin, Maria Zaske, Anna Zaske, Rosella Zaske, and Amelia Zaske.
Casket bearers were Rob Triplett, Kevin Staskivige, Jr., David Zaske, Tom Triplett, Don Bodin, and Jeff Czock.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.