The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 4, 2013

Mary JoAnn Koziolek


—    Mary JoAnn Koziolek, age 79, of Wells, died Saturday, August 3, 2013, surrounded with love and prayers by her family,  at Parkview Care Center in Wells, MN.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM, at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells.  Visitation will be held Monday, August 5, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM, with a 7:00 PM Rosary at Bruss Heitner Funeral Home in Wells.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.  Father Thomas Niehaus will officiate and burial will be in St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Wells.  Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN is in charge of arrangements.  Please see brussheitner.com to leave online condolences.

   In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Casimir Catholic Church or to the Schoenstatt Retreat in Sleepy Eye, MN.

   Mary was born January 13, 1934, in Marshfield, WI, the daughter of John and Leona (Laufenberg) Motl.  She attended school in Marshfield, WI and moved to Easton when she was in 3rd grade, where she attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School and graduated from Wells-Easton High school, the class of 1952.  Mary was united in marriage to Luverne Koziolek on November 5, 1955 in Easton, MN.  She worked at Musser's Hatchery in Wells and then the ASCS office in Blue Earth.  After her marriage, she stayed home to care for her children.  She loved to cook, sew and clean.  She raised vegetable and flower gardens and canned her own vegetables.  She spent her life caring for other people, and was a wonderful role model for her family. She loved her family and she faithfully raised her children.  Mary was a long time faithful member of St. Casimir's Catholic Church in Wells and CCW. She was a devoted member to Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement.

  Mary is survived by her 8 children: Dennis (Dianne) of Wells, Dan (Cindy) of Faribault, Roger (Sandy) of Alden, Donna Yokiel and Dianne (Bill) Rauenhorst, all of Easton, Steve (Carolyn) of Northfield, Annette (Craig) Kraft of Kenyon, Mike (Debbie) Koziolek of Wells; 17 grandchildren: Bethany Koziolek; Nic, Ben and Anna Koziolek; Joe (Kristi), Brian, Sarah (Matt Parkins) and  Susan Koziolek; Scott (Kimberly), Stacie Yokiel and Katie (Jonathan) Radford; Tim (Megan) and Lindsey Rauenhorst; Nicole Koziolek; Karl and Angela Kraft; Samuel Koziolek; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Joyce (Ted) Northwick, Jane (Warren) Wehner; 1 brother: Bill (Sue) Motl; 2 sisters-in-law: Marie Motl and Mary A. Koziolek, along with many nieces and nephews and their families.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Luverne, brother, Don Motl, in-laws: Paul and Agnes Koziolek, brother-in-law, Ray Koziolek and nephew, Robert Motl.