Paul Anthony Kalinowski, age 64 of Zimmerman, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Paul was born on March 30, 1951 in Karlstad, Minnesota to Anton and Edith (Bloomquist) Kalinowski. He grew up in Lake Bronson and graduated from Greenbush High School in Greenbush, Minnesota in 1969. After high school, Paul attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He went to basic training at Fort Lewis in Washington and then went on to be stationed in Nurenburg, Germany from 1971-1972.
Paul married Kimberly Phelps in 1983 in Buffalo, Minnesota. They were happily married for 31 years and were blessed with 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Paul owned his own construction business for many years, until doctors told him that his body could no longer handle working as hard as he did full time. He had given his heart to the Lord in 1983, and fell in love with serving the church, so this news only enabled him to devote more time to the things he truly loved–serving Jesus, others, and the church. His servant’s heart led him to many areas of ministry: Men’s Wild Game Feeds, Thanksgiving Food Boxes, Rushing Winds Outreach Camp in Canada, Food Drives for those in need, Hunting Trips for children with disabilities, Missions and most importantly, leading his family to grow with Christ.
Paul was a husband, father, Papa, brother, friend, leader, hunter, fisherman and above all, a Christian.
Paul is survived by his wife Kim of Zimmerman, Minnesota; children Abbie (Todd) Lux of Buffalo, Brianna (Isaac) Molin of Rochester, Corey (Katie) Kalinowski of Princeton, Kyle (Kayla) Kalinowski of Becker; sisters Karen Lips of Andover and Linda (Gabe) Kasprowicz of Sartell; grandchildren Henry and Harris Lux, Cole, Carson and Kinsley Kalinowski and Elias Molin; and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Anton and Edith and sister Deanna of California.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 5:00 p.m. with food and fellowship to follow on Sunday, September 13, at New Life Church, located at 2061 100th Ave, Princeton, MN.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests monetary donations be made to “The Thanksgiving Food Box Ministry”–one of Paul’s greatest passions. Donations can be made during visitation and after the service. For those unable to attend that still wish to give, please send to New Life Church with a note of designation towards “Thanksgiving Food Boxes”.