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Sylvester Bernard Duray, 83

Sylvester Bernard Duray, the son of the late Max and Lucy (Blawat) Duray, was born on August 22, 1926 in Barnett Township, Roseau County, near Greenbush, MN.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush and grew up in the Greenbush community.  He attended various country schools in the area and attended Greenbush High School, graduating in 1944.  Following his graduation he took over and worked his family farm in Barto Township.  Sylvester was united in marriage on June 19, 1951 to Arlaine Pederson at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and they made their home, farmed, and raised dairy cattle in Barto Twp.  Sylvester also drove school bus for Haug-Leo and Greenbush school district for 20 years.  Sylvester retired from farming in 1988 and he and Arlaine continued to make their home in on their farm.  Due to failing health Sylvester moved into LifeCare Greenbush Manor in December of 2009, where he passed away on Tuesday morning, April 20, 2010 at the age of 83 years, 7 months, and 29 days.
Sylvester was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus, past member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church of Leo, and a current member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush.  He was also on the St. Aloysius parish counsel, on the Greenbush Creamery board, Farmers Ag. Service board, and was a Barto Township Assessor for a number of years.
Syl had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, playing cards with his friends and family, snowmobiling, and bowling.  He enjoyed all sports and loved to sit and either listen to them on the radio or watch them on the television.  Syl’s life was filled with many hobbies and interests and his wife, family, and friends were always part of the many things he enjoyed.   
Sylvester is survived by his wife Arlaine of Greenbush; 4 sons: Paul (Sandy), Tom (Linda), Mike (Mickie), and Jon Duray, all of Greenbush; 4 daughters: Kathy (Ted) Kuznia of Chandler, AZ, Annette (Jesse) Graff of Greenbush, Alice (Randy) Jenson of Greenbush, and Mary Duray of South Pasadena, CA.; 2 brothers Leonard and Bruce Duray both of Billings, MT; 2 sisters: Phyllis Dysh of Winter, WI, and Margaret Peplinski of Cudahy, WI; 21 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 daughter: Susan Duray, 2 grand daughters: Jamie and Lynell Duray, both in infancy.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00AM, Monday, April 26, 2010 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush with Fr. Don Braukmann presiding.  Jeanne Novacek was the Pianist and Emily Novacek was the Song Leader.  Jodi Kurtz and Sherri Waage were the Eucharistic Ministers and Erin Efta and Alyssa Langaas were Mass Servers.  The Gift Bearers were Mallory Duray, Sylaine Duray, and Monique Arneson.  Myles Efta was the Reader.  Sylvester’s Honorary Bearers were all of those in attendance and His Casket Bearers were all of his grandsons.
Visitation was held after 6:00PM, Sunday, at the church with a Prayer Service at 7:00PM.  The Rosary was led by the Knights of Columbus following the prayer service.  Visitation was also held one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment was held at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery of Leo following services.
Arrangements are with Collins Funeral Home of Greenbush.
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