AMerican Veteran 11

Peter George Bartczak

December 11, 1929 ~ March 27, 2022 (age 92)

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Obituary

Peter George Bartczak, 92, from Staples, MN, and formerly from Biwabik, MN, passed away on Sunday, March 27th, in his home with his wife, children, and family by his side. 

Peter was born and raised in Sturgeon Lake, MN, where he was preceded in death by his parents and 9 brothers and sisters.  He is survived by his loving wife, Lavonne—to whom he was married to for 70 years. His other surviving family includes his 4 children - Laverne (Bartczak) Hakly of Dewey, Arizona; Marie (Bartczak) and Steve Laats of Goodyear, AZ; Diane (Bartczak) and David Doyle of Phoenix, AZ; Gary and Jacque Bartczak of Staples, MN; and special foster son Kevin Peterson of Iron, MN.  Peter was also the proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, not to mention many nieces and nephews.  Family was everything to him.

Peter and Lavonne met on a blind date, got married on a 10-day leave before Peter departed for France during the Korean Conflict.  Peter served proudly in the US Army from 1951 to 1953.  Lavonne was not to see him again for a year and a half.  It was an amazing love story that lasted for 70 years.  Upon Peter’s return, he started working for Minnesota Power and Light - now MN Power.  He was a maintenance mechanic and welder for 30 years.  He could fix anything—even the neighborhood kids knew that and stopped over for bike repairs and such.  He never turned a kid away.  Peter and Lavonne together cared for not only their own 4 children, but took in 55 foster kids over the years—most of them physically and mentally impaired.  Their motto was, “There’s always room for one more.” 

There never was man with a more kind heart. He was never without a “mint” in his pocket for all he met.  More importantly, no one left his house without a very big hug.  If Peter knew you—or even if he didn’t—you got a hug from the big man with the big heart.  He never had a bad word to say about anyone.  He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
April 2, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Thomastown Covenant Church
15940 251st
Staples, MN 56479

Funeral Service
Saturday
April 2, 2022

1:00 PM
Thomastown Covenant Church
15940 251st
Staples, MN 56479

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