DEERWOOD — Casimir Frank “Mike” Michaloski, age 86, of Deerwood, died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Mike was born on March 4, 1925, in Buyck, Minn., to Albin and Rose (Malinowski) Michaloski. He attended school through the eighth grade in Buyck and graduated from the Orr High School, class of 1943. He furthered his education at the Virginia Technical College in Virginia and then the Cincinnati College of Embalming in Cincinnati, earning a degree in Mortuary Science.
After graduation from high school Mike enlisted in the Army April 4, 1944. He served in the Infantry, with the 10th Armored Division in the European African Middle Eastern Theater of WWII. He was involved in the taking the town of Trier, Germany, when he was wounded on April 4, 1945. Mike was discharged on June 6, 1946, as a sergeant in Graves Registration Division. He earned a Purple Heart and a WWII Victory Medal among other recognitions.
On June 2, 1949, he was united in marriage to Genevieve “Jennie” Oberstar at Lady of Lords Catholic Church in Virginia. After their marriage, they resided in Duluth for 18 years. During this time Mike was employed at the Dougherty Funeral Home. On Aug. 1, 1968, Mike purchased the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. He operated the funeral home until 1987.
He continued working with the family at the funeral home until his health declined.
Mike is a member of the Friars, Duluth; St. Stanislaus, Duluth; Cuyuna Range Knights of Columbus, serving as treasurer for many years; and a 4th Degree Knight. He was also a member of the DAV and lifetime member of the Myrin-James American Legion Post 443, Ironton; the Garrison VFW No. 1647. He served on the Board of the 1st National Bank of Crosby and was a faithful member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby serving on their Finance Committee.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jennie; five daughters, Victoria Zeman, of Esko, Michelle (Peter) Ullrich, of Duluth, Bobbie (Tom) Bedard, of Ironton, Kathy (Brian) Biever, of Deerwood, and Mary (Nick) Zillmer, of Crosby; 10 grandchildren, Colin (Hailey) and Lindsay Zeman, Nicholas Ullrich, Korie and Lisa Bedard, Danny, Brandon and Amy Biever, Megan andHayden Zillmer; five sisters, Helen Eggert, of Bemidji, Frances Ofstad, of Cusson, Josephine Bronikowski, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Joan Dobb, of Sumner, Wash., and Nancy Nick, of Duluth; many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents; and his brother, Joseph.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby with full military honors given by the Myrin-James American Legion. Friends may call on Thursday at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby from 3 to 7 p.m. with a rosary lead by the Cuyuna Range Knights of Columbus at 7 p.m.
Visitation will continue on Friday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the 11 a.m. Mass at the church.