Richard "Dick" Stawarski, 88 Waite Park October 5, 1928 - January 5, 2017 Memorial Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Richard "Dick" Stawarski, 88, of Waite Park will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Dick passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud. Burial with military honors will be held at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud. Dick was born on October 5, 1928 in Gilman, Minnesota to John and Cecilia (Yozamp) Stawarski. He proudly served in the US Army during WWII and the Korean War. Dick married Irene Schmidt on December 27, 1950. He was employed at the VA Medical Center for 37 years, retiring in 1984. Dick was a member of Holy Spirit Parish. He was also a volunteer and charter member of the St. Cloud Township Fire Dept. for 35 years and an avid outdoorsman enjoying ice fishing and hunting. Dick is survived by his wife, Irene; children, Kateri (Bob) Popilek of Oregon, Mark (Eilleene) of St. Cloud, Jeff of St. Cloud, Sandra Godfrey of Oregon, Wayne (Lisa) of Baxter, Kathy (Brian) Schafer of Wisconsin, Karen (Tim) Franke of Zimmerman; 19 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; and sisters, Josephine Saatzer of Sauk Rapids, Sharlene Wallack of St. Cloud, Darlene (Gene) Anderson of Sartell. He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant son, Joseph.
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