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Ralph E. Krafnick

Ralph E. Krafnick, 95

St. Cloud, Minnesota

May 10, 1917 - March 17, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral Lower Church for Ralph E. Krafnick, age 95 of St. Cloud who passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Reverend Anthony Oelrich and Reverend Alfred Stangl will officiate. Burial with military honors will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. followed by the St. Cloud Veterans of Foreign Wars Granite Post #428 and Military Order of the Cooties ritual at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home in St. Cloud.

Ralph was born on May 10, 1917 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to Anton and Gertrude (Harrington) Krafnick. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and Pearl Harbor Survivor. He retired in 1959 with 22 years of combined Army and Navy Service. He married Renee Buttweiler on October 31, 1942 in Oakland, California; she preceded him in death in 1987. He was employed by the State University System for 20 years, retiring in 1979. Ralph married Dolores Barbarossa on September 23, 1989 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. He was a life member and Past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Granite Post #428, 5th District Military Order of the Cooties, and a member of the Waite Park American Legion Silver Star Post #428. Ralph was a founding member and Past President of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Minnesota Chapter. He also founded the USS Vesole #878 Reunion Association. He was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Greeters and volunteered at the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Ralph loved the flag.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Dolores; children, Michael (Charlene) of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Ed (Solveig) of St. Cloud, John of Fergus Falls, and Julie (Robert, Jr.) Clinton of Richmond; step-children, Lana Barbarossa of Plymouth, Marilyn (Richard) Kost of St. Cloud and Randy (Diane) Barbarossa of St. Cloud; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and sister, Carolyn Baker of St. Cloud.

He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Susan Gertrude; daughter, Mary Ann; and step son, Russell Barbarossa, Jr.; brother, James; sisters, Joyce Popilek and Marjorie Kosloske.

The family would like to thank the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Building 51-1 staff and the St. Cloud Hospital 5 North staff for Ralph's excellent care.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

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Published in the St. Cloud Times on Mar. 19, 2013
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