Nikki Blackowiak, 27

Over the last 27 years, this world was graced with knowing both Nick and Nikki Blackowiak.

Reflecting on this time, it is clear to see that Nikki was a mellow, kind, and gentle soul. She spent time learning to grow into her true authentic self, which brought her happiness and appreciation of even the small things.

She took her appreciation of the little things like a river flowing during a walk, or soft blanket and a good book, and translated that into emanating love for those around her. Her soft humor and positive outlook will never be forgotten.

Nicholas Clark was born on August 12th, 1993, the second of three children to Steven and Kristine Blackowiak of Maple Plain.

Growing up, Nick found joy in playing musical instruments, playing with his friends, cousins and siblings, and learning how stuff works.

Nick started to learn guitar at around 5 years old, and excelled immediately, which lead him to playing with Footnow – a rock band with a few of his high school buddies.

His family always knew that a musical pathway would be in the future. As a young kid, he would choreograph dances, music and songs for himself, his sister, brother, and three cousins to perform for their parents and grandparents at the cabin.

Nick’s desire to put things together – or take them apart -demonstrated his inquisitive nature and intelligence. It was not hard to see that Nick was going to impact people in big ways.

As Nicholas blossomed into her true self as Nikki, his sweet, caring, funny, loving, inquisitive nature carried over.

Nikki had a way making everyone around her feel valued and calm. She would speak with you in a way that never made you feel judged, but always cared for.

She was excited for her growing family – an auntie to be this year, and a brother-in-law to come soon.

If she could have had it her way, she would have spent her days volunteering to help others, but as life goes, she needed a job that would help support her financially.

She worked at Goodwill, and developed an amazing connection with her coworkers and customers – not to mention the added perk of shopping at the end of her shifts – she loved a fashionable wardrobe. Those who knew her, loved her. Her sweet soul will be forever missed.

At the age of 27, Nikki passed away at her home Thursday, March 11. She was met at heaven’s gates by her grandparents, Rollie and Julie Beaulieu; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She is survived by her parents, Steven and Kristine Blackowiak; siblings, Jake Blackowiak and Chantelle (Brandon Greeley) Blackowiak; grandparents, Frank and Faith Blackowiak; Aunts, Rita (Mike Ferrera) Blackowiak, Kim (Mike Glumack) Beaulieu; uncle, Richard Beaulieu; cousins Ashley, Amberley and Austin Hirsch; and many other loved ones.

A funeral service will take place Saturday, March 20, at the Saron Lutheran Church in Elk River at 11:00 a.m.

Visitation will take place at the church the day of the funeral from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.. A live stream of the service will be available via YouTube: https://youtube/rmssEBq8bbE for those who cannot make the service in person.

Nikki will be laid to rest at Bailey Station Cemetery, next to her maternal grandparents, immediately following her funeral.

Arrangements for Nikki are with the Peterson Grimsmo Funeral Chapel in Monticello – www.peterson-grimsmochapel.com.

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