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Joseph Rysavy

d. September 20, 2012

Joseph Peter Rysavy, age 92, of Austin, died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin after a brief illness. Joe was born in Summit Township, Minnesota on March 25, 1920 to Peter and Caroline Rysavy. He grew up on a farm west of Blooming Prairie. Joe served in the Marine Corps during WWII and in 1945 he married Mary Matejcek. They had six children: Joseph (Jean), John (Marilynn), Wayne (Debbie), Ronald (Elizabeth), Rebecca Johnson (Darwin), Joanne Newman (William). Joe was employed at Hormel Foods until retiring in 1982. He was a craftsman, woodworker, hunter, fisherman, great storyteller, and a member of the Heather Haus Scooter Gang. He had a story for everyone who came into contact with him. The twinkle in his eyes will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Joe was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the V.F.W. and the American Legion. In addition to his six children, he is survived by 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; his sister, Mary Haberman, Blooming Prairie; brother, Peter (Leona), Owatonna; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Rysavy, Austin, Irene Miller, Owatonna; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents; two brothers, Frank and Robert; one grandson. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 am on Monday, September 24, 2012 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. There will be a 6:30 pm wake service on Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4-7 pm and also one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91 and V.F.W. Post #1216.

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