April 8, 1955 - November 8, 2015


Memorial Services will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Celebration Lutheran Church for Michael D. Jurek, age 60, of Sartell, who passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from cancer at his home. Pastor Elizabeth Strenge will officiate.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and starting at 12:00 Noon until the time of service on Friday at the Church.

Michael was born on April 8, 1955 to Richard and Bernadine (Bielegeski) Jurek in Wichita, KS. He graduated from Apollo High School in 1973 and later attended the St. Cloud Community and Technical College. He married Vicki Peterson on December 9, 1978 at Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato, MN. They were married for 37 years.

Michael was a very loving husband and was extremely proud of his children and their accomplishments, and always looked forward to hugs and kisses from his grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family, going camping, cooking for them and throwing Super Bowl parties. He was an avid gardener and enthusiastic Vikings fan. Michael had an infectious laugh, which people easily recognized. He had a special affection for his pets, especially his puppies. Michael was an adamant researcher and learner, teaching himself how to do anything and everything. He especially enjoyed researching and discussing his trips to Mexico, his favorite place to vacation.

He is survived by his wife; children, Rachel (Jason) Bellamy, of Anoka, Nicole (Peter) Thiel, of Ottertail, and Dan, of Sartell; grandchildren, Tommy and Alex Bellamy and River, Olive and Violet Thiel; siblings, Artie Hammer and Ed Jurek; half-brothers, Carl and Ben Jurek; aunt and uncle, Roma and Don Steckling and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob Jurek; and brother-in-law Mag Hammer.