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Obituary for John A. Postudensek Sr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Resurrection Catholic Church, Eveleth. Fr. Michael Garry and Fr. Frank Perkovich will concelebrate. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home with a 7:00 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary. Visitation will continue one hour before at the church on Thursday. A private interment will be in Eveleth Cemetery.

John A. Postudensek, Sr., 104, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehab Center in Eveleth. John was born July 4, 1912, at home on Spruce Hill, Eveleth, the 6th child of Louis and Frances (Susnik) Postudensek. John was a Yankee Doodle Dandy and he celebrated every year of his life. Last 4th of July, his 104th birthday, he rode in the Eveleth parade and sang that song at least 22 times and appeared on the WDIO news.
John attended Eveleth Schools and worked in his father’s grocery store, delivering groceries in Spruce Location, Leonidas, West Eveleth and the area during his youth. He grew up during the depression and went on some job hunts including trips to Detroit, Chicago, and the state of Virginia. Oh, the stories he could tell. On August 6, 1938, he married Anna Mae Miltich in Virginia, MN. He found work at the Hormel Plant in Austin, MN, and became a fine meat cutter. He lived there until 1944 when they moved back to West Eveleth to take over the Postudensek Grocery Store. John became legendary for the family Polish sausage recipe, becoming famous for his sausages. In 1966 he “retired” and went to work at Eveleth Taconite, working there until 1976. John had a great garden, people still talk about his raspberry patch. He liked starting pumpkins and tomato plants from seed and grew some magnificent Slovenian beans. He enjoyed deer hunting at Wynne Lake with his sons-in-law and grandsons and friend Eino Saari. Whenever he could he went on fishing trips, making many flights to Canada with his friend Louis Favro. He took his son Stevie and grandsons on fishing trips with John Uhan to Ash Lake. John made a trip to Yugoslavia with his daughter Patti in 1978, and found his roots. He went to Hawaii with Father Perkovich’s group and he went to a Super Bowl. John, Anna Mae and Stevie made car trips to visit his daughter Marcy and family in Green Bay and Omaha and when Lou and Marcy moved to Boise, he and Rosie went there to visit. There was a trip to California to visit cousin Betty, and one with Johnny driving to Yellowstone Park, Salt Lake City and Boise. John loved to travel and made friends wherever he went. He was an avid bowler and didn’t let bad knees stop him from earning numerous trophies. He finally quit bowling at the age of 88. But he never stopped singing.
John was a 3rd Degree Knight in Knights of Columbus Council #2583 and a member for more than 75 years, serving as Grand Knight in the 1950’s. He was very active in the Eveleth Elks Lodge and was the “Oldest Living Past Exalted Ruler”. He was a life member of KSKJ Lodge #59, the last position he held was vice president of the MN Federation of KSKJ Lodges. John was an usher and sang in the funeral choir at Resurrection Church for many years. He lived at home until he broke his hip and went to live at Edgewood Vista in Virginia at 98. He participated in the Vista Voices choir, recruiting others to enjoy singing as he did. The past year he has lived at St. Raphael’s in Eveleth.
John is survived by his son, John (Elaine) Postudensek, Jr. of Babbitt; daughters, Rosemary Mattson of West Eveleth, Marcia (Louis) Karakas of White Bear Lake, and Patricia Jagunich of Mendota Heights; his sister, Angeline Fransee of Milwaukee; and his brother-in-law, Dr. Anthony (Martyne) Miltich of Moorseville, NC; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae, on Nov. 1, 1999; his sons Steven, on March 16, 2016, and Paul James on May 31, 1967; and infant daughter Cathy in 1955; four brothers Albin, Frank, Louis and Joseph Postudensek; four sisters, Frances Osmundson, Mary Maki, Louise Vidmar, and Rose Pogerelc.


Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

28

Dec

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home & Cremation Service

502 Adams Avenue
Eveleth, MN 55734

Visitation will continue one hour prior to service at the church on Thursday.

Visitation

Wednesday

28

Dec

7:00 PM
Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home & Cremation Service

502 Adams Avenue
Eveleth, MN 55734

Knights Of Columbus Rosary

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday

29

Dec

11:00 AM
Resurrection Catholic Church

301 Adams Avenue
Eveleth, MN

Cemetery Details

Location

Eveleth Cemetery

Park Ave/County Road 142 near Hat Trick Ave.
Eveleth, MN

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