Kenneth Stritesky, 71

Kenneth Stritesky, age 71, of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at Our Lady of Peace comfort care facility in St. Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in Silver Lake. The Rev. Paul Schumacher will be the celebrant, and music will be performed by Lucy Newcomb and Wade Bryan.

There was visitation at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake Sunday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.; and visitation will continue Monday, Jan. 11 at the funeral home from 9 to 10 a.m.

Casket bearers are Roger Korista, Dale Yurek, Donald Humlichek, Brian Nemec, Dale Syvertson and Alan Piehl.

Arrangements are with the Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake. Online condolences can be made at www.mareshfuneralhome.com.

Ken was born to Otto and Emily (Dusoski) Stritesky of Silver Lake. He graduated from Silver Lake High School.

Ken Stritesky and Minerva Mikolichek were united in marriage Nov. 23, 1963, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. The Striteskys made their home near Silver Lake. Their marriage was blessed with three children; Sherlyn, Wade, and Paul; and they shared 52 years of marriage.

Ken was one of the founding members of the Silver Lake Softball Association. He scheduled the league games and the Silver Lake Tournament. He enjoyed pitching for the Silver Lake fast-pitch softball team, winning the state championship in 1973, and again in 1980, when he played for the Sterner’s team of Winsted.

Ken was owner/driver of Stritesky Trucking for 42 years. He and his dad, Otto, were partners, hauling livestock and freight until Otto’s retirement in 1983. As sole proprietor, Ken hauled freight only until retiring in 2007.

Ken enjoyed classic rock music, listening to bands, traveling, golf, fishing, playing cards, ribbing his family and friends, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Minerva Stritesky; children Sheryln Kapsner of Big Lake, Wade (Jodi) Stritesky and Paul (Carolyn) Stritesky, both of Eden Prairie; grandchildren Brandon and Kori Kapsner and Tyson Stritesky; sisters Donna (Leon) Pesina of Glencoe, and Norma Wawrzyniak of Silver Lake; mother-in-law Viola Kielas of Howard Lake; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mary Ann Artmann of Silver Lake, Delores (Jack) Sweeney of Cornell, WI, Harvey (Connie) Mikolichek, and Clarence (Melinda) Mikolichek both of Silver Lake, Theresa (Jeff) Rich of Cokato, Dean (Karen) Mikolichek of Silver Lake, Linda (Ernie Meyer) Gieson of La Feria, TX, Donald (Karen) Kielas of Silver Lake, and Francis Helmbrecht of Hutchinson; 51 nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Otto and Emily Stritesky; fathers-in-law Theophil Mikolichek and Henry Kielas; brother-in-law Clem Artmann; nieces DeAnn Sweeney and Kim Kielas; and great-niece Mileka Hall.

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