Joseph T. Siwek, 84, of northeast Minneapolis passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on April 1, 2017.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4:30–8 p.m. at Kozlak-Radulovich Chapel, 1918 University Ave. N.E. in Minneapolis with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Holy Cross, (17th Ave. N.E. and University Ave.) with visitation, no reviewal one hour prior. Interment will be at Gethsemane Cemetery.
Memorials preferred to Holy Cross Church or St. John Paul II Catholic School.
Joe was the owner and president of Siwek Lumber & Millwork, Inc., established in 1933. He was born in NE Minneapolis; married Judy in 1952 and they raised eight children.
He was a successful businessman, top-notch negotiator, great leader, innovator and mentor. He was an independent thinker and a man with his own agenda. First, and foremost, he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
Joe was a lifetime member and supporter of Holy Cross Catholic Church and a benefactor to many people and charities. He was a member of Hoo-Hoo International (Lumberman’s Fraternity), part-time farmer and avid collector and restorer of antique farm equipment, wrenches, padlocks, license plates and toys.
He is survived by children, Patricia S. (Mike) Murzyn, Lynda (John) Whisney, Sharie (George) Young, Mary (Doug) Kramasz, Dave (Lisa) Siwek, Thomas (Jan) Siwek, Kenneth Siwek (fiancée’, June); grandchildren, Michelle, JoAnn, Michael, Brenna, Brian, Jason, Beth, Abby, Katie, David, Jessica, Sammy, Mandi, Julian, Alex, Josh, Tommy, Emily, Chelsey, Tiffany, Zac, Danielle and their spouses; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, MaryAnn Anderson and Lorraine Siwek; sisters-in-law, June Bjork and Helen Mertz; many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by wife, Judith A. (Mertz) Siwek; son, “Joey”; grandson, Daniel Whisney; and parents, Joseph and Frances Siwek.