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February 19, 2019

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Celebration of Life for Joe Wasilowski Jan. 18 at Stewartville Legion

Joe A. Wasilowski, 69, a longtime Stewartville resident, died on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 of natural causes at Edenbrook Care Center in Rochester where he had been a resident since March of last year.
Joe Albert Wasilowski was born on Jan. 19, 1949 in Sauk Rapids to Albert and Diane (Wesenberg) Wasilowski. He moved with his family to Stewartville as a four-year-old, where he grew up and attended school, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1967. He entered the U.S. Army serving two years including duty as a payroll clerk in Germany. He returned to Stewartville where he was employed as a heavy equipment operator in the area including employment with Rochester Sand and Gravel for a number of years. He was a past member of Operating Engineers Local 49 in Rochester.
Joe was married on July 3, 1980 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville to Linda Ridgeway. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville where they raised their family. They were later divorced. Joe was a past member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville. He was a longtime member of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 and had also served as post manager for three years, a number of years ago. He was an active member of the Stewartville Sportsman's Club for many years and always enjoyed cooking for their wild game feeds. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling and cooking and was a long-suffering Minnesota Vikings and Twins fan. He enjoyed his many friends and especially enjoyed time spent with his sons and families.
Joe is survived by three sons, Shawn Vriezen of Minneapolis, Sonny (Lisa) Wasilowski and Jeremy (Alicia) Wasilowski both of Faribault; four grandchildren, Ridgeway and Maguire Wasilowski and Paige and Wyatt Wasilowski; a sister, Diane Phetteplace of Rochester; two nieces, Becky Phetteplace and Robyn Parker; his former spouse, Linda (Les) Fairbanks of Mahnomen, and good friends and caregivers, Steve and Rhonda Berg of High Forest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Edward Wasilowski and a nephew, Kevin Thompson.
A celebration of Joe's life will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. Military honors will take place at 7 p.m.
A private family burial and committal service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Joe are welcome at

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