Mike Paczkowski, 94, of Wahpeton, ND, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton, surrounded by his wife and daughter. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, followed by a celebration of life service at 10:00 AM at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton. Father Dale Lagodinski will officiate the service. Mike’s ashes will be scattered on the land. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CHI Health at Home Hospice. Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home.
Michael Raymond Paczkowski was born to Stanley and Mary (Kula) Paczkowski on September 8, 1925 in Kensal, ND. In 1941, his family relocated to a farm south of Cayuga, ND. He was a farmer all his life and worked winters in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles working as a foreman changing plants over to natural gas. Regardless of what season it was, you could always find Michael farming.
He married Geraldine Margaret Braatz Wall on June 3, 1972, in Veblen, SD, at St. John’s Church where they were members. Gerry and Mike took trips to many countries. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and Elks Club. He was on the Sargent County Water Board and Genseo Elevator Board.
Michael liked to hunt, fish, garden, play Black Jack, and watch sports with his favorite teams being the Twins and the Bison.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Mary Packowski, brothers, Leo and Archie Paczkowski; sisters, Leona Backer, Louise Duerr, Grace Marko, and Berdella Backer; and his sons, Tim and Terry Wall.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine Paczkowski; son, Randolph (Mary Jo) Wall; daughter, Sandra (Dana) Banish; 3 granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Peter (Eleanor) Paczkowski; sister, Florence McCracken; and many nieces and nephews.