Robert Blazek, 1942-2015

Published 9:00 am Sunday, April 12, 2015

The memorial service for Robert Joseph Blazek will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 104 1st Street SE in Hayfield, with the Rev. Paul Hauschild officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Robert Blazek

Robert Blazek

Robert Joseph Blazek, 73, passed away on April 8, 2015, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus in Rochester.

Robert was born on Jan. 3, 1942, the son of Joseph A. and Violet A. (Jorgensen) Blazek in Steele County. Robert graduated from Ellendale High School in 1960. He began working at IBM in Rochester and worked there for over 30 years. On June 20, 1964, he married Antonia Cruz, and two children were born from this marriage. They were later divorced. On Aug. 19, 1977, he married Mary Grunwald at her grandmother’s house in Ellendale.

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Robert was an active member of the NRA and a former member of the Dodge Center Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, billiards, photography, reading, NHRA drag racing and had a deep love for animals, especially his dogs.

Robert is survived by his wife, Mary Blazek, of Kasson; children Michael (Evelina Guerra) Blazek, of Dodge Center; Teresa (Shane) Clark, of Janesville; step-children Rick (Robin) Christensen, of Blooming Prairie; Cara (Mark) Nelson, of Kasson; grandchildren Joseph Blazek, Angelina Schultze, Brady and Riley Clark; sister, Suzanne (Rodger) Hill, of Ellendale; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joseph Blazek, and one niece. Czaplewski Family Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Blessed be his memory.