HILLMAN — Lyle Bednarek, age 68, of rural Hillman, Minn., passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman, Minn., with Father Jerry Shick officiating. Private interment will be at a later date in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz, Minn., and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
There will be a Christian Women rosary at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m.
Lyle was born on Dec. 19, 1943, in Pulaski Township, Morrison County, Minn., to the late Paul and Florence (Maleski) Bednarek. He grew up on a farm in Pulaski Township and attended country school. He graduated from Father Pierz Memorial High School, class of 1961. Following his schooling, was employed at Prospect Foundry in Minneapolis. He was united in marriage to Kathy Schlegel on Sept. 21, 1963, at Holy Family Catholic Church at Bull Dog Lake. The couple made their home in the Twin Cities until 1967 when they moved to the Hillman area. Lyle worked various jobs in construction throughout his life. Due to his health, he retired in 1995. Lyle enjoyed bowling, playing cards, playing softball and baseball, singing, snowmobiling and loved telling stories and jokes. He had an infectious laugh that was contagious. He was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Hillman where he often lectored and served, the Club of the Pines, and former member of the Knights of Columbus. Lyle achieved a great honor by receiving his 27 year medallion for sobriety. He inspired, encouraged and mentored many people during those years. Lyle will be greatly missed by his wife, daughter, son, grandchildren and other family members and friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Kathleen, of Hillman, Minn.; daughter, Shelly (Roger) Langer, of Nisswa, Minn.; son, Bryan (Kim) Bednarek, of Sauk Rapids, Minn.; brother, Harry (Judy) Bednarek, of Champlin, Minn.; sisters, Joyce Hoffman, of Pierz, Minn., Shirley Stichter, of Hillman, Minn., and Ardyce Dalbec, of Duluth, Minn.; grandchildren, Michael (Yanina) Langer, of St. Louis Park, Minn., Sara (Matthew) Langer, of San Diego, Rachael Langer, of Nisswa, Minn., Rebecca Langer, of Nisswa, Minn., Brianna and Ethan Bednarek, of Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Florence (Maleski) Bednarek; and siblings, Edward Bednarek and Marlene Walz.
Arrangements are pending with Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service of Pierz, Minn.