July 15, 1944 - January 28, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the Life of John Michael “Mickey” Pogatchnik, age 70, of Waite Park formerly of St. Anthony will be at 12:00 Noon on Monday, February 2, 2015 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Anthony. Mickey passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Sterling Park Health Care Center. Reverend Cletus Connors, OSB and Reverend Scott Pogatchnik will concelebrate. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Parish Cemetery in St. Anthony.

Family and friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday and after 11:00 a.m. on Monday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Anthony. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the church. Arrangements were by the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

John was born on July 15, 1944 in St. Cloud to Victor and Inez (Barry) Pogatchnik, their tenth child. John received his education at the rural school in St. Anthony and the Albany High School. His passion in life was the circus rodeo, especially his Trick Mule, Jerry. John’s love of the circus began when he worked in a stable in Coon Rapids in his early 20’s. He had performed with Carson Barnes Circus, the Largest Big Top on Earth. In his later years, John collected circus memorabilia which included route cards, newspaper clippings and autographs. John lived in St. Anthony most of his life until moving to the St. Cloud area. He was a lifetime member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Anthony.

John is survived by his siblings, LaVerne Marlot, Gilbert, Ardell (Alexander) Nadesan, Bemidji, Victor, St. Anthony, Joseph (Eileen), Avon, Patricia (Jerome “Jerry”) Welters, Minneapolis, Jean (James) Ramacher, St. Anthony; and brother-in-law, George Winter, Austin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor, Sr. on May 22, 1992; mother, Inez on November 7, 1946; sister, Marie Winter, 1974, June Ney, 2012, Corrine Zimmermann, 2000; sister-in-law, Mary Pogatchnik; brothers-in-law, Herbert “Harry” Zimmermann, Philip Ney and Lawrence Marolt.

Our heartfelt gratitude to Monique Waters, family friend.