Tony (Roman) Kierzek, 84, Avon
October 9, 1930 - May 17, 2015
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Tony (Roman) A. Kierzek, age 84, of Avon, will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Church in St. Anna. Father Greg Mastey will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery with military honors. Tony passed away early Sunday morning with his loving family by his side. There will be a visitation from 4:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Church in St. Anna, and again after 10:00 AM until the time of service on Thursday morning. Parish prayers will be at 5:30 PM Wednesday evening at the church. Arrangements are being made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Homes of Holdingford.
Tony was born on October 9, 1930 to Thomas and Mary (Hennek) Kierzek in Avon. He was raised alongside his eight siblings and attended the local school. Tony joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and proudly served his country overseas, spending time in Germany. On September 12, 1955, he married Jeanette Panek at St. Hedwig's Church in Holdingford and together they raised 7 children. Tony worked as a farmer and a laborer with Landwehr Heavy Moving. He was proud that his farm, which has been used for dairy, beef, and crops, was designated a Century Farm in 2010. Tony was devoted to his faith, family, and country. He was actively involved in his church and was a valued member of the community. Tony has been an usher, lector, and bazaar chairman for over 40 years and a trustee for over 30 years. He was a selfless, compassionate man who gave of himself and would help anyone in need. In addition to his church, Tony belonged to the Avon American Legion Post 538 where he was recently recognized for his 50 year membership, Knights of Columbus Council 3628 in Albany, Catholic Order of Foresters Court 733 in Avon, and the Labor Union 563 in St. Cloud.
Tony is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jeanette; his children Gary (Jean) Kierzek, Avon; Ron Kierzek, Avon; Mary Kierzek, Holdingford; Steve (Julie) Kierzek, Avon; Jodi (Dave) Stocker, Avon; Mark (Michelle) Kierzek, Avon; Ann (Glenn) Richards, Cold Spring; his siblings Helen Kvarnlov, St. Cloud; George (Donna) Kierzek, St. Wendel; Richard (Karen) Kierzek, Sauk Rapids; 22 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; as well as many other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Mary, his siblings Al Kierzek, John Kierzek, Anna Brinkman, Lucille Shephard, and Edmond Kierzek.