Charles John Goranowski, age 57, of Welch, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at his home.
He was born May 9, 1959, in Glencoe, to Cyril and Joan (Snaza) Goranowski.
In 1977, Chuck graduated from Silver Lake High School, and went on to further his education at the University of Minnesota, where he received a master’s degree in education and industrial technology in 1995.
Charles married the love of his life, Kathryn Louise Mattson, June 21, 1986, at St. Adalbert’s Church in Silver Lake. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters, whom Chuck adored and was very proud of.
Chuck worked at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant for 30 years.
He was an extremely talented artist and inventor, taking after his father, Cyril, whom he loved dearly. Chuck developed a passion for glassblowing and with the help of his father, they built a glassblowing and art studio. Chuck established Goranowski Glassworks, where he took pride in creating hand-made pieces of art, living out his father’s legacy of quality craftsmanship.
Chuck spent his free time exploring the local food, art, and music of Minnesota. He also enjoyed cooking, playing guitar and harmonica, singing, reading the newspaper, listening to public radio, attending Miesville Mudhen games, and playing with the family dog, LuLu.
Chuck also loved spending time outside fishing, biking, skiing, Rollerblading and gardening. He enjoyed instigating good laughs by teasing his “sassy” daughters -the “squirrelly girls” “Melisso and Saro.”
Chuck was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Miesville.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kathy; his daughters, Melissa Rose and Sara Jayne; his mother, Joan; and many family and friends.
Chuck was preceded in death by his father, Cyril; and good buddy, Dan Milbert.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Miesville, with Father Leonard Siebenaler presiding. There was visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.