Tarnowski, Frank A. age 97, of Brooklyn Park, MN, formerly of Duluth, MN, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He was surrounded by loving family members during the last few weeks of his life. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gert (Robillard) Tarnowski; sister Margie Tarnow-ski, Hermantown; children Susan Tarnowski (David Stamps), Plymouth, Greg Tarnowski, Duluth, Ann Tarnowski, Robbinsdale, David (Allyson Hasselbring) Tarnowski, New Hope, and Pat (Trish Sipe) Tarnowski, Golden Valley; grandchildren Katie Tarnowski, Mankato and partner Brandon Solem, Duluth, Annelise Tarnowski and partner Max Cavett, Des Moines, IA, Chloe Tarnowski, Chicago, IL, Greta Tarnowski, New Hope, Ben (Annabelle Bates) Tarnowski, Grand Forks, ND, Sammi and Ali Tarnowski, Golden Valley; step-grandchildren Chad (Julie Haugen) Stamps, Minneapolis; great grandchildren Haugen Stamps and Faye Stamps, Minneapolis. There are many other friends and relatives who were gathered into the Tarnowski family. Predeceased by parents Alex and Wanda (Lucas) Tarnowski, and sisters Alice Tarnowski Cook, Elizabeth Tarnowski, Sr. Eustacia Tarnowski, brother-in-law Thomas (Joyce Shay) Robillard. Born in Duluth, MN on December 16, 1922, Frank attended Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Central High School. He attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and received a degree in Finance from Rutgers University. A WWII veteran, he served in the Cactus Division of the U.S. Army (from 1942-1946) and was stationed in France, Austria, Germany and Belgium. Frank married the love of his life, Gertrude, on August 16, 1952. Frank always believed that marriage was a 60/60 proposition. He worked in banking at First American National Bank, later to be Wells Fargo Bank, moving from the position of Teller to a Vice President for Corporate loans. Frank lived a life of service: he was a long-time member of the Duluth Lions Club, and later the Coon Rapids Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus - 4th Degree. He supported his churches of St. Michaels and St. Johns. He volunteered his services for Habitat for Humanity, Northwood Children's Home, Cub and Boy Scouts, the Duluth Lighthouse for the Blind (Lighthouse for Low Vision). He received numerous awards for his volunteerism. Frank loved family daytrips and vacations, golf, bowling, and fishing, opera and classical, swing, and polka music, his expansive garden, building furniture, and Lake Superior. He lived a life of sincere faith and cherished his wife and family. The Tarnowski family wishes to thank the care teams at North Memorial Hospital and St. Therese - Oxbow for their loving support. A private family Mass will be said on Friday, November 27, 2020 at THOMSON-DOUGHERTY MANSION, with internment at Fort Snelling. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Duluth Lighthouse for Low Vision or the Duluth or Coon Rapids Lions Club. Historic Thomson-Dougherty 612-871-4407

Published on November 22, 2020


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