David Paul Pawelk, age 57, of Lester Prairie, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis with his family at his side.
He was born Jan. 3, 1954, at Watertown, Carver County, to Clara Josephine (Paul) and Edwin Julius Pawelk. David was baptized Jan. 24, 1954, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted, and confirmed at the same March 19, 1967.
He attended Winsted Public Schools from 1960 to 1968, and then attended Howard Lake Public School from 1969 to 1972, when he graduated.
David was married to Marilyn L. Peterson Sept. 29, 1974, at Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. God blessed their marriage with two children; Lynette Jean was born May 11, 1977, and Paul Jacob was born Feb. 25, 1981.
David resided in Winsted until 1974, at which time he moved to Lester Prairie.
He was formerly employed at Sterner Lighting Systems, and Millerbernd’s, in Winsted; Lester’s of MN, Inc. in Lester Prairie; and lastly, with Bending Technologies in Eden Prairie.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Edwin Pawelk; parents-in-law Raynold and Doris Peterson; grandparents; and aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children Lynette (Kyle) Alger and Paul (Amanda) Pawelk; grandson Joseph Alger; twin brother Douglas (Mary) Pawelk; brother-in-law Larry (Nancy) Peterson; nieces and nephews, Cassandra (Brandon) Artman, Tammy (Jim) Mrkvicka, Kelly (Jason) Weinzetl, Barry (Julie) Peterson, Tina (Chad) Duenow, and James (Beth) McKnight; great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In 1977, Dave first became ill with a rare disease called Good Pasture’s Syndrome. During that time, he contracted Hepatitis C. He received a kidney transplant from his brother in 1979.
Dave suffered many illnesses and diseases in a 34-year time span. He had a second transplant in 1997. In 2006, he was stricken with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In 2010, he was diagnosed with colon cancer and had a portion of his colon removed. At that time, it was discovered he had developed liver cancer.
He received a liver and kidney transplant Aug. 26, but within two weeks following the surgery, his health began to fail. His Hepatitis C became aggressive and attacked the newly transplanted liver.
Dave was a fighter right to the end, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
In his early years, Dave liked to go duck hunting with his son, but after a time, it became too difficult. He did enjoy camping, fishing, building things such as a toy box for his new grandson, doing home projects, and most importantly, spending time with his family. His kids and new grandson were the most important things in his life.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Duane G. Hetland officiating.
Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Thursday at the church one hour prior to services.
Casket bearers were Kenneth Platt, Rob Jarvis, Mike Peterson, Jeff Sjolseth, Roland Sjolseth, Dale Johnson, and Donald Fasching.
The Chilson Funeral Home Winsted assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www-chilsonfuneralhome.com.