Eldor A. Pawelk, age 89, of Maple Lake, died Thursday, June 30, 2022, at home surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake, with Fr. Steven Pawelk as the Celebrant and Fr. Mark Juettner as the Concelebrant.
Burial followed at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery. Visitation took place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake.
A rosary and prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral chapel. Services will be live-streamed on the funeral home website.
Eldor Albert Pawelk, the son of Fred and Elsie Pawelk, was born Nov. 15, 1932 in Montrose, MN.
He graduated from Watertown High School in 1951. He went to radio school in Chicago, IL, and then enlisted in the Army; he served in Germany.
After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota, where he married Joan Elizabeth Ahrendt May 7, 1955, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.
They were blessed with eight children, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, which brought him great joy.
Eldor enjoyed playing 500, puzzle building, old-time music, reading, watching western movies, and traveling with family and friends.
Eldor was a devoted member of St. Timothy's Catholic Church and was a man of great faith. He has left a void that can not be filled. Yet, knowing that Eldor is in God's hands is a comfort to all that loved him.
Eldor is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan; eight children, Susan (Dale) Fieldseth, Daniel (Michele) Pawelk, Frederick Pawelk (significant other Debra Kviz), Timothy (Patty) Pawelk, Fr. Steven Pawelk, Bob (Jodie) Pawelk, Kathy (Frank) Patterson, and Patrick (June) Pawelk; 27 grandchildren; an honorary grandchild; many great-grandchildren; an honorary great-grandchild; sister, Priscilla Sievert; sisters-in-law, Adeline Pawelk, Barb Pawelk, Robbie Ahrendt, Caroline Healy, and Bea Ahrendt; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded into death by his parents, Fred and Elsie Pawelk; grandsons, David, and Tyler Pawelk; daughter-in-law, Kim Pawelk; grandson-in-law, Tony Swanson; brothers, Willard (Bernice) Pawelk, Glennard Pawelk, DeLoyd (Elaine) Pawelk, Orville (Bonnie) Pawelk, Eldon Pawelk, and Kenneth (Germaine) Pawelk; brothers-in-law, Wayne Sievert, Allen, James, and Jerry Ahrendt, and Richard Healy.
Eldor's sons served as the casket bearers. Krista Elsenpeter and Anne Pribyl provided the music for the service.
Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake.
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