Obituary of Zenon Jozef Bednarek
Zenon Jozef Bednarek, 84 of Cloquet passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth. He was born on December 26, 1936 in Skowronow, Poland to Boleslaw and Zofia Bednarek. He was raised in Poland and later relocated to Germany where he attended school and then moved to the U.S. in 1951. Zenon married Emelia Greske on November 24, 1962 in Cloquet.
Zenon worked at the Erickson Dairy, Brenny Dahl, Ray Riihiluoma, Inc., Diamond Match and Potlatch. He retired from Potlatch and was a member of the Potlatch Quarter Century Club.
He liked fishing, dancing, polka music, telling stories, playing cards, and spending time at the VFW. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Zenon was a father figure to all in his family.
Zenon was a strong willed, humble man who did everything he could to provide for his family from learning German and English, to interpreting for his family, to constantly working even when ill.
Zenon was preceded in death by a grandson, Jaycob Weme; sister, Maria Limmer; brothers, William, Thomas and John Bednarek.
He is survived by his wife, Emelia of Cloquet; daughters, Sharon (Denny Johnson) Moehrke, Susan (Mark) Hagen and Carol (Ron) Weme all of Cloquet; son, Clayton (Kaylynn) Lee of Olathe, KS; grandchildren, Brandon Godbout, Bailey Homstad, Zachary (Thea Allen) Moehrke, Kaylee Hagen, Bryan Weme, Brady Weme, and Kenny (Kendall) Lee; great grandchildren, Hudson and Odin Homstad, Leo and Reign Moehrke, Parker Grace and Owen Lee; sister, Irene Mitchell of Cloquet; brothers, George (Janice) Bednarek and Stanley Bednarek both of Cloquet; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. Rosary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in Atkins Northland Funeral Home Chapel, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. Inurnment will be in the New Calvary Columbarium. Refreshments will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. To see the guest book and leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com