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Marvin T. Salonek, 75

Marvin T. Salonek, age 75, of Watertown, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at his home with his family by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in rural Delano. The Rev. Thomas Balluff will be the celebrant for the Mass, and interment will be in the church cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be Friday, March 11 from 3 to 9 p.m., and continue Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., all at the church. There will be a 3:30 p.m. rosary service Friday, and an 8:30 p.m. firemen’s walk thru.

Casket bearers will be Marvin’s grandchildren.

Marvin was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Franklin Township, to Louis and Frances (Ceryes) Salonek.

He was united in marriage to Isabell Fiecke Oct. 15, 1960, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Marvin served in the US Air Force.

He was employed by Carver County as a road maintenance foreman, with more than 30 years of service.

Marvin served on the Watertown Fire Department for more than 48 years, during which time he served as captain and chief, among other duties. He was honored twice as Fire Fighter of the Year, once in 1997, and then again in 2008, by the Minnesota Fire Fighters Association.

An avid outdoorsman, Marvin enjoyed deer hunting with his family, fishing trips, and getaways up north, all family activities that he truly cherished. He could make anything, and his abilities carried over into his garden. Marvin’s prolific green thumb was a bountiful gift to the many friends who received his grown goodies.

Marvin was preceded in death his parents, Louis and Frances Salonek; and a brother-in-law, George Swartzer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Izy; children Kevin Salonek, Connie (Greg) Theisen, Karen (Gary) Templin, and Anna Remer; grandchildren Amy Salonek, Jason (Bethany) Theisen, Anthony Templin, David Theisen, Kristen Templin, Travis Remer, Patrick Theisen, Zac Remer, Breanna Remer, and Sophie Remer; and great-grandson Jacoby Theisen.

Marvin is further survived by siblings and spouses, Dorothy and George Campbell, Irene and Walter Swartzer, Marge and Mylen Cardinal, and Rosemary Swartzer; as well as many other family members.

Arrangements are by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.