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Michael Kaczmarek, 36

Michael P. Kaczmarek, age 36 of St. Bonifacius passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House of Chaska.

Funeral service is Saturday September 10, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Freshwater Community Church in St. Bonifacius with Rev. Steve Schoepf and Rev. John Braland officiating with interment in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Silver Lake. Visitation was Friday, Sept. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and also at the church Saturday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Michael Paul Kaczmarek was born January 4, 1975 in Glencoe the son of Kenneth and Colleen (Marshall) Kaczmarek. He received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. On November 18, 2000 Michael was united in marriage with Crystalyn “Lyn” Schlawin at the Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville.

Michael was a graduate of the Silver Lake High School and had earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agri Business at Southwest State University in Marshall. He had worked for the Buffalo Lake Coop, Wensman Seed Company and he was currently employed by Winfield Solutions/Land O Lakes. He was active in MARL, a Minnesota agriculture leadership program. He loved being on the farm and sharing his knowledge. Michael had lived in Hutchinson and Albany before moving to St. Bonifacius.

Michael cherished every moment with his wife and children. A family man, he enjoyed being surrounded by his relatives and friends, and was always concerned for others. His positive outlook and strong faith has left a lasting impression on many.

Michael is survived by his wife of 10 years Lyn Kaczmarek of St. Bonifacius, children Brock, Brayden and Brooklyn, mother Colleen Kaczmarek of Silver Lake, sisters Jill Kaczmarek of Burnsville, Julie Kaczmarek of Hopkins, Molly Kaczmarek of Silver Lake, grandmother Luella Kaczmarek of Silver Lake, parents-in-law Craig and Carolyn Schlawin of Farmington, brothers-in-law Chad (Gina) Schlawin of Savage, Cody Schlawin of Duluth, as well as other relatives and many friends.

Michael is preceded in death by his father Kenneth Kaczmarek, paternal grandfather Chester Kaczmarek, maternal grandparents Imelda and Donald Marshall.

Serving as casket bearers were Chad Schlawin, Cody Schlawin, Jesse Jerabek, Gary Kaczmarek, Deron Johnson, Brian Mikolichek, Jeff Chrast and Chuck Beranek

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com