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Lawrence P. Kazmierczak, age 72, of Mendota Heights passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 surrounded by loving family.
Preceded in death by parents, Anthony and Harriet Kazmierczak; and step-mother, Eileen. Survived by loving wife of 40 years, Marlene; children, Angel (Tim) Pearson, Anthony and Jonathan (Valerie Ward); many grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (Marge), Gary (Mary Godfrey), and Tim (Sue); sisters, Sadi (Jim Hill) Schaeffer, Sissy Albert, Debbie (Donnie Morris) Davis.
Larry was born to Anthony and Harriet Kazmierczak on November 11, 1946. He had three brothers, Jerry, Gary and Tim and three sisters, Sadi, Sissy and Debbie. His mother passed away at a very young age. A few years later his dad married Eileen, combining families and grew up in Newport, MN. He went to St. Paul Park High School and went into the service in 1964 through 1967. After the service, he worked for Economic Laboratories as a sales and serviceman which eventually led him to owning his own business; M/K Associates continuing in the same line of business for 20 years. He met Marlene at the First National Bank of St. Paul and after persistent pursuit she went out with him and they were married on January 20, 1979. Forty memorable years. He was a muscle car enthusiast, restoring seven vehicles. He would disappear into his heated garage in November and come back out in April with a new restored car and many new road trips ahead. In later years, he traded all his muscle cars in for a 2002 Pontiac Firehawk convertible and continued his enthusiasm for Sunday drives and many road trips. He is survived by his loving wife, three wonderful children, Angela (Tim), Andy and Jonathan (Valerie Ward). Grandchildren, Nicholas (Leeta) Yzermans, Emily Yzermans (Mark Bredahl), Brittnie Pearson (John Marusich), Katie Pearson (Matt Wieczorek), Shayla Pearson, Ashton Pearson, Drew Kazmiercak, Kayta Kazmiercak and Sophia Kazmierczak.
Visitation 4-7 PM, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Kok Funeral Home, 1201 Portland Ave., St. Paul Park, MN, 55071. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM, with visitation beginning at 9 AM, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Church of the Assumption, 51 7th St W, St Paul, MN, 55102. Interment with military honors will follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Breath of Hope Foundation (abreathofhope.org).