Glenn James Pilarski, age 71, of Delano, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska. He had been battling cancer for one and one-half years.
Memorial services will take place Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. There will be a gathering of family and friends prior to the services, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf or Delano Relay for Life.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Glenn was born Sept. 12, 1944, in Silver Lake, to Phil and Helen (Jagodzinski) Pilarski. He grew up in Silver Lake, living above the barbershop his father owned; and attending school there.
Glenn had many friends in Silver Lake, many with whom he maintained close relationships through the years.
He served in the Army in West Germany in the 3rd Armor Division.
After his time in the service, Glenn attended St. Cloud State College majoring in business/administration and accounting. In 1970, he received his CPA license.
Glenn married his beautiful wife, Jean Vorlicek, June 20, 1970. In Glenn’s words, they had “three remarkable children.”
The family moved to Delano after Glenn accepted a position with Rembrandt Enterprises (Delano Granite Works).
He started his own public accounting firm in 1975; and with Bonnie Sinkel, created the accounting firm Pilarski & Sinkel and Co. in 1984.
In 1986, Tom Hankes joined the accounting firm, and in 1988, the firm became Pilarski, Sinkel & Hankes, Ltd. Keith Ledin joined the firm in 1988, and became the final piece of the long-lasting and successful business. Glenn semi-retired in 2000, and fully retired in 2014.
Glenn and Jeanie purchased a cabin on Bass Lake near Annandale in 1976. Many lifelong friendships were made at Bass Lake, and time at the cabin with family and friends was always treasured.
Glenn had many valued friends, and outings with them were amongst his favorite activities. These included hunting with the Ditty clan, fishing and gambling with Tom, pheasant hunting with Jon and his boys, and elk hunting with Jeff, Clyde, Gary and Kevin. He also enjoyed Wednesday golfing, morning dice at Flippin’ Bills, reading a good book and the daily Star & Tribune, and “putzing around” with various projects. Glenn was also part of a long-lasting card club that started in 1988.
A hard-working husband and father, Glenn was always planning and making lists so nothing would be forgotten.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jean; children, Ann (Mike) Alvord, Paul (Jessica), and Sara (Cory) Svobodny; grandchildren Ben, Mitchell and Alex Alvord, Aidan and Kate Pilarski, Anya, and Sophie and Raeya Svobodny; and siblings Phil (Marina), Sharon (Dale) Miska, and Mary (Neil) Wegner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Jackie Pilarski.