LITTLE FALLS -- Michael A. Knopik, 78, Little Falls, formerly of Belle Prairie Township, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
He was born May 20, 1922, in Little Falls to Joseph and Martha (Reh) Knopik. He attended country school. He then helped his parents farm. He married Vivian B. LeBlanc on Oct. 28, 1941, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie. They moved to Seattle. He worked on a dairy farm and his wife worked at Boeing until the end of World War II. They returned to central Minnesota, purchased a farm in Belle Prairie Township in 1945 and farmed until 1973. He was also a milk hauler during the 1950s. In 1960 he started Knopik Trucking Co. and owned and operated the firm until 1983. He then worked for Little Falls Community Services, helping manage the ice skating rinks, supervising archery, volleyball and dog obedience classes. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie, Little Falls Knights of Columbus and served as the constable of Belle Prairie for many years.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Charlene Knopik, Little Falls, and Cheryl Stanek, Little Falls; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, George Knopik, Little Falls, Henry Knopik, Little Falls, and Stanley "Bud" Knopik, Sullivan Lake; and a sister, MaryAnn Virnig, Pierz.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie with the Rev. Nicholas Landsberger officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with the St. Anne's Rosary Sodality praying a rosary at 5 p.m., parish prayers at 6:30 p.m. and the Knights of Columbus Office for the Dead at 7:30 p.m., and from 8 a.m. until services Thursday at Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls.
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