DANIEL RAYMOND STUDELSKA, son of Peter and Mary (Staloch) Studelska, was born on August 30, 1921 in Aylesbury, Saskatchewan in Canada. Dan’s father passed away when Dan was 8 years old, and Mary moved her young family to the Staloch family farm near Easton, Minnesota. Two years later, the family moved to Wells, Minnesota.
Dan played football for Wells High School, and played the bassoon in the band. Dan graduated from Wells High School in 1939, and worked several odd jobs in the area following graduation. This was all during the Great Depression, which led Dan to a job at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyards in the state of Washington.
After WWII started, Dan traveled back to Minnesota, and enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He was shipped to Camp Pendleton for basic training, and then overseas to New Zealand for combat training. Dan spent the rest of the war in the Pacific, including combat in the battles of Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Dan received a field promotion to Corporal during his service.
After his heroic service on Iwo Jima, Dan came back to the States on leave and came to Washington D.C. While in Washington D.C. Dan happened to meet a young girl from Kansas named Erna Carlton, and fell in Love. The War in the Pacific came to an end during their whirlwind romance, and they celebrated V.J. day together, both far from home. On January 4th, 1946, Dan and Erna were united in marriage in Coffeyville,
Dan and Erna spent a brief time in Wells before moving to St. Paul, Minnesota, where Dan worked in the Ford Motor assembly plant. They later moved back to Wells where Dan worked as an apprentice auto mechanic for several years.
In 1953 Dan and Erna finally moved to Jackson, where Dan worked as a mechanic for Tufvesson Ford Motors, later promoted to shop Foreman. In 1964, Dan was recruited to be an Instructor at the brand new Jackson Area Vocational and Technical Institute. Dan taught Auto Mechanics, and was one of only four instructors when the school was opened. Dan taught there until his retirement in 1986.
Dan and Erna continued to make their home in Jackson after retirement, and enjoyed annual trips to South Padre Island in Texas, along with visits across the border into Mexico. Dan passed away suddenly on Friday October 10, 2008 at the age of 87 years, one month, and ten days.
Dan was raised Catholic, but the outdoors was his true sanctuary. Dan enjoyed hunting pheasants, ducks, and geese in the areas surrounding Jackson. Dan was a member of Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. He was also an avid fisherman in the many lakes in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. There were also many family vacations to northern Minnesota, and countless hours in the boat passing along his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. Ice fishing was also a true passion.
Dan truly enjoyed gardening, and was famous for his incredible vegetable garden and fruit trees supplying anyone who happened to stop by with everything from apples and cabbage to tomatoes and zucchini. His usual crop of cucumbers resulted in the absolutely best pickles ever. A proud but humble Veteran, Dan was also a member of the Jackson American Legion and the VFW.
Dan is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Erna, his children Daniel (Lynda) Studelska, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri; Roselin (Patrick) Berg of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Charles (Roxanne) Studelska of Hudson, Wisconsin; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Norbert Studelska Sr. of Grafton, Wisconsin.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Peter and Gregory Studelska and his sisters Rosalin Studelska and Marcella Schember.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 1:30PM at the United Methodist Church in Jackson with Pastor David Brown officiating.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008 from 5-7pm at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Blessed Be the Memory of Daniel Raymond Studelska.