Arthur "Art" Tarnowski(1921 - 2013)

Arthur "Art" Tarnowski, 92

Waite Park

Jan. 18, 1921 ~ Sept. 11, 2013

Arthur "Art" Tarnowski, 92, of Waite Park, MN, died on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 1:00PM at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd, MN with Father Daniel Weiske officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. A reception will follow services at the Brenny Funeral Chapel Reception Room in Baxter, MN. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.

Arthur was born on January 18, 1921 in Minneapolis, MN to Antoine and Bernice (Koralwski) Tarnowski. He attended high school in NE Minneapolis before entering in the United States Navy during WWII where he received the Purple Heart and Silver Star. After being honorably discharged he was united into marriage to Darlene Engel on February 5, 1974 in Florida. They made their home in Clearwater, FL where they worked in the real estate and restaurant business. Art and Darlene moved to Brainerd where he was a charter member and past president of the Morning Rotary Club. They then moved to Waite Park where he was known for his strong work ethic and worked at Walmart as a department manager until the age of 90. Art and Darlene loved traveling together. He enjoyed painting (artistry) scuba diving, and flying (pilot).

Art will be sadly missed by his wife Darlene; children, Cathy Tarnowski of Minneapolis, MN, Kris (Terry) Nelson of Baxter, MN, Patti (Jerry) Hegdahl of Buffalo, MN, Rob (Corrine) Jacobs of Rice, MN, Rick (Fiona) Tarnowski of Brandon, FL, and Angie Triplett of Tampa, FL; nine grandchildren, Troy Nelson, Sarah Nelson-Swenson, Kristin Schaefbauer, David Max, Paul Achman, Olivia Tarnowski, Rebekah Benfield, Katie McArdle, and Shawn McArdle; eleven great-grandchildren; and pet dog, Maggie. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jerry; and four brothers. IN lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Sept. 15, 2013