John Edward Walczynski, 94, of Duluth, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the Solvay Hospice House surrounded by his family. Born in Duluth on October 4, 1927 to Frank and Agnes (Klejeski) Walczynski, John attended Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, was a 1945 graduate of Denfeld High School and attended Carey-Gaspard Business School in Duluth. He married Catherine Zauhar in Floodwood on September 26, 1959, and together they lived a rich, full life, raising their four children in Duluth. John retired after 42 years with the DM & IR Railroad in 1992 where he was chief clerk for the Track Department in Proctor. His favorite pastimes included gardening, walking and reading. An active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, both he and Cathy spent decades lovingly caring for the parish’s liturgical decorations. He was a 74-year member of the Friars of St. Francis and a lifetime fixture in the church choir. A past president of the DM & IR Veterans Association, he was also a member of Boy Scout Troop #52 where he was an adult leader for over 30 years and a recipient of the organization’s Silver Beaver Award. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Catherine; sisters, Verna Homich, Frances Nesgoda, Agnes Stackowitz and Cecelia Nelson; brothers, Stanley, Frank and Joseph. John is survived by his children, Tim (Marleen), Dan (Kelly), Karen (Larry) Trojak and Rick (Shawn); grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Natalie, Maryssa, Blake, Nicole and Justin; and many nieces and nephews.
John’s family would like to thank the staff of Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton for their kind, loving care and the amazing team at Solvay Hospice House for their genuine compassion, care and respect during his final days as he prepared to meet Our Almighty Father. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minn. are encouraged. Visitation 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church with Rosary Prayers at 4 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 7, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church. 2430 West 3rd St. Rev Fr Andy Knop officiating. Burial at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home.