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Obituary for Marian J. Miszkiewicz

Marian Miszkiewicz, age 93, of NE Mpls. A beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend. Preceded by son: Chester, parents: Janina and Lucyjan Miszkiewicz, sister: Janine (Eddy), brother: Tony (Anna). Survived by loving wife: Antonina, children: Lucy, Hadji, Wanda, Helen, Alice, Ed, Anna and Chris, sister: Millie (Bobby) and many grandchildren. Visitation at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH CHAPEL (1918 University Ave. NE) Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM with Parish Vigil at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at the CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS (17th Ave. NE & University Ave.) Friday at 10 AM with visitation one hour prior. Interment St. Anthony Cemetery.

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Life Story for Marian J. Miszkiewicz

Marian John Miszkiewicz left our world on May 19, 2018 after 93 years of holding a place as son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and every role resulting from those connections. He was born the eldest of four in a rural community near Kostopol, Poland where he was raised with the daily challenges of a family farm. When peace was shattered during the Nazi occupation of Poland, he and his family endured the loss of everything dear when they were deported to Germany’s forced labor camps. They spent the last two remaining years of World War II separated from each other and were subjected to harsh living conditions. Marian spent the last few months of the war in a subcamp of the Flossenburg concentration camp.
After surviving the death camp imprisonment that marked him for life, Marian met and married a fellow labor camp deportee, Antonina Musial. In 1950, with two baby daughters and a third child on the way, he and other family members were on their way to the free land of America through the sponsorship of a Wisconsin farm family. Because of his wife’s pregnancy, they were allowed to fly the long distance instead of travel by boat, which many had to endure. Another year found them becoming permanent residents of Minnesota where they lived with in-laws until their meager funds would allow the purchase of their own home. Settling into a Polish Catholic community helped them adjust to the language barrier and provided good parochial schooling for their children.
Overcoming a language barrier, a grade school education, a huge culture change, a rapidly growing family and a demanding full-time job, he persevered through years of night classes to obtain U.S. citizenship for himself, his wife and two daughters. Despite the challenging Minnesota winters, he never missed a day of work during his long employment in the steel fabricating business. When budget needs dictated, he took on additional night jobs to keep their finances sound. His only outside interests were the carpentry and handyman projects that benefited his home and family. In 1977, he endured the heart-breaking loss of his eldest son Chester’s young death from cancer. His later years saw him slowly sink into dementia and total disability, forcing him to leave his home for an assisted living facility where he died peacefully surrounded by family.
Marian’s life journey has been a long one, filled with many hurdles, hard work and an unparalleled dedication to his role as family provider. We are grateful and pray that he has found peace and comfort with all the dear ones preceding him in death.
He is survived by: wife Antonina, six daughters, two sons, 12 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, sister Millie Robinson, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
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