Oronoco-A Funeral Service for Max (Jack) Prokasky, 91, long time area farmer, who died April 1, 2011 in Tri County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall, Wisconsin will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Oronoco on Wednesday April 6th at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. Paul Baldauf officiating. Burial will be in the Oronoco Cemetery. Visitation at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester will be on Tuesday evening from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. and then at the church on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the Service. Jack was born August 8, 1919 in Dexter, Minnesota and moved to Oronoco as a small boy. He married Dolores (Dolly) Lewis at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, April 25, 1940. He farmed in the Oronoco area most of his life. He was well known for his beef cattle. As a young man, Jack was an avid hunter and baseball player. His pitching skills earned him a trip to a baseball school in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He and his brother, Chris, owned and operated Pollack's Resort on Lake Zumbro, now known as Fisherman's Inn. He was dozer operator for Stolp and Reitman Construction Company and he also worked at Webster's Zumbrota Livestock Auction Market . He was very active in Grace Lutheran Church in Oronoco. In addition to being Sunday School Superintendent, he served on the Council for many years. He was instrumental in the building of the new church. He also wrote and published two books about his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was especially proud when his grandson, Leslie joined him in raising cattle. He moved to Wisconsin to live with his daughter Ginger, in 2007. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers and 3 sisters and his beloved wife Dolly of 64 years. He is survived by two daughters; Barbara of Toms River, New Jersey and Ginger Maliszewski (Bill) of Independence, Wisconsin and his 4 Grandchildren; Maria Haack of Minneapolis, Steve Haack of Rochester, Leslie Haack of Oronoco and Shane Haack (Corrie) of Woodbury Minnesota.
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I have fond memories of both Max and Dolly, as neighbors and in Sunday school and church. You are in our thoughts and prayers and have our deepest sympathies.
Ginger & Barb..
My condolences to you and your families on the passing of your Dad. You will not forget him as you will always have precious memories left behind.
Ginger, Leslie & Family,
I would like to extend my sympathy to all of you. I enjoyed my visits with Jack over the years and have good memories of touring the farm on the 4 wheeler. I enjoyed reading the first book and will look forward to reading the second.
Take care,my thoughts and prayers are with you.
I wish to express my condolences to you and your family. Your dad, Max was born just one year after my dad. I bought my dad a copy of one of your father's books. He enjoyed reading it so much as my dad, like your dad was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. May the memories of your father be as cherished as he lived his life!
Mr. Prokasky had a profound influence on his grandson Leslie, teaching him kindness, compassion, and humor by example. I wish I had known Mr. Prokasky better, but I know his children and grandchildren honor him by carrying on his example and making the world a brighter place.
You are all in my prayers. With my condolences, Debbie
Ginger and Barb,
Sorry to hear about Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am with you and your family during this time of sorrow.
May our Grandfather be in peace in heaven.
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Jack will be missed by all and has given us many memories in our hearts.
Sorry to hear about the passing of Jack. My husband Josh remembers his Grandfather Martin's brother very well. We are thinking of you at this time!
Erika, Josh, Harper and Lincoln Goldsmith
Ginger, I was so sad to hear of your father's passing. I speak will Donna occasionally to keep up to date. Express my sympathy to your children for me.
To the Family of Max Prokasky;
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Mike always enjoyed his visits with Jack , 1/2 hr always turned into 2 or 3 hrs. over conversations about hunting and baseball and always with a cup of coffee and a smile. He will be missed by all, what a dear man. He has left behind alot of memories for all.
Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
Ginger and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your
father and grandpas passing. I
was so happy that I got to meet
him at the Whitehall Nursing Home
while visiting Andrea's mother,
Alice Thomte. It is hard to lose
a parent and grandfather.
I am sorry to hear about your father! I think he is singing and dancing on the golden streets of Heaven with your mother!! Don Cravath
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Our sincere sympathy,
Joe and Karen (Jones) Connelly