Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Max E. Skaj, age 85, of Sartell who passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
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Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Gathering Space at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. The Knights of Columbus will pray at 6:00 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Gathering Space. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home in Sartell.
Max was born on May 25, 1925 in Avon, Minnesota to Thomas and Anna (Korneck) Skaj. He married Alma Ruf on June 13, 1946 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Anna. Max worked as a Carmen for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 34 years retiring in 1985. He also farmed in LeSauk Township throughout his life.
Max was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #5276, Eagles Aerie #622, Crosier Apostolate, Mended Hearts, NARVE, and a former member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Granite City Lodge #812.
He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and farming. Max especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be missed for his generosity and kindness.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alma; children, Laura (Bob) Steger-Grams, Mark (Jeanne), Mary (Mike) Zyvoloski; grandchildren, Todd and David Steger, Michael, Sarah and Anna Zyvoloski, and Emily and Tony Skaj; three great grandchildren; sister, Betty Kutzman; brothers and sisters in law, Marian Hartung, Clarence (Alberta) Ruf, Francis (Joan) Ruf; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Annie Tuzinski and Vern Busby; brothers and sister in laws, Anthony, Pat, Gust, John, Clarence, Clem, Roger and Margie.
A Special Thank You to the staff at the St. Cloud Hospital and Country Manor Villa for the care given to Max.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Sept. 13, 2010