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August Kuznia, 94

August Kuznia, 94, of Stephen MN died October 16, 2012 at the Kittson County Nursing Home in Hallock MN.
He was born on a farm in Wanger Township near Florian MN to Bert and Martha (Pietruszewski) Kuznia. He attended school until he was called by his father to work on the family farm at a young age.  On June 26th 1945 he was united in marriage to Joann “June” Marie Gajeski at the St. Joesph’s Red River Mission Catholic Church.
He was a long time member of the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Stephen MN.
In the mid-fifties, he purchased his farm west of Stephen MN where he farmed until his retirement in 1980. In between planting and harvesting his own crops, he worked for area farmers. In the winter months, he worked processing potatoes for various potato farmers. In between all that, he cared for and nurtured three gardens, he found time for fishing, card playing, watching TV especially All-Star Wrestling and the Minnesota Twins. And more importantly as the town of Stephen MN will attest to his walking when everyone he came in contact with always got one of his smiles and waves. He was the local weatherman and a very accurate one at that.
Left to mourn his passing are his children, Alvina (Ralph) Krolak of Stephen MN, Rita (Gerald) Schaefer of Grand Forks ND, Duane (Sandra) Kuznia of Stephen MN, Mona (LuVerne) Peterson of Karlstad MN, David (Debra) Kuznia of Drayton ND, Gary (Pamela) Kuznia of Ahwatukee AZ, Grace (Paul) Helstowski of Milwaukee WI, Diane Kuznia of Milwaukee WI. 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Siblings Thomas (Greta) Kuznia, Theresa (Kenneth) Dufault, Raymond Kuznia, Ralph (Eleanor) Kuznia, Dorothy (Richard) Anderson, Barbara (DeHewitt) Campbell, Florence (Kenneth) Ziemer, Eleanor (Raymond) Herbst, Antionette Kuznia, Leonard (Janet) Kuznia, Robert (Margie) Kuznia.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Martha Kuznia, his wife Joann Kuznia, brothers, Raymond, Robert, sisters Eleanor and Antionette. Brother in-law Kenneth Dufault, Sister in-law Greta Kuznia, Eleanor Kuznia. Son-in-laws, Gerald Schaefer, LuVerne Peterson. Granddaughter Kristi Peterson.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stephen, MN.
VISITATION: After 5:00 PM with a 6:30 PM rosary followed by a prayer service on Friday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stephen and one hour before services on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT: St. Stephen Catholic Cemetery, Stephen, MN.

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