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Donald Pankowski

October 25, 1945 — March 14, 2021

Donald F. Pankowski, 75, of Rochester, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at his home. Don was born October 25, 1945 in Omaha, NE to Francis and Theresa (Regner) Pankowski. He was a 1963 graduate of St. Joseph High School and went on to the University of Omaha. Don spent his entire working career as a service technician for Honeywell, and retired after 46 years of service. On September 17, 1966, Don married Kathleen Zagor at the local catholic church in Omaha. Don and Kathy lived in Sioux City, IA for 21 years before moving to Rochester. While in Sioux City, Don was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, men's club and the archery club. After moving to Rochester, Don became a member of Pax Christi Catholic Church where he was also very active in the men's club and sang in the choir. Don loved being outdoors, bow and rifle hunting, cross country skiing, sailing and woodworking. He was an active dad, coaching softball, being a scout leader, refereeing volleyball and basketball. Don was caring, a wonderful provider and teacher and was a jack of all trades, he could fix anything. Don is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy; children, Katie (Mark) Opheim of Omaha, NE, Karie Pankowski of Rochester, MN; grandchildren, Sarah, Stephanie, Matthew, Nolan and Kendra; great-grandchildren, James, Chloe and Carly; sister, Barbara Pankowski; brothers, David (Jean), Terry (Diane), Richard (Nancy), Frank (Lee) and a host of other family and friends. Don was preceded in death by his son, Steven and by his parents. A memorial mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. NW, Rochester, MN with Father John Sauer as celebrant. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. The memorial mass will be livestreamed by the church via the following link http://www.youtube.com/c/PaxChristiChurch Due to Covid-19, masks will be required and social distancing observed. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Pankowski family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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Saturday, March 20, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Pax Christi Catholic Church

4135 18th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

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