Ron and Mary Tarnowski

Ron (81) and Mary (78) Tarnowski of Duluth died July 29, 2017 together near the family deer shack by Brookston.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Rd, Duluth. Honors provided by the Duluth Fire Dept. and Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard to follow.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. with Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and again Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.  

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth.

Ron “Bisco” Tarnowski was born December 29, 1935 in Duluth to Frank and Marie Tarnowski. He graduated from Central High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Philippine’s. After serving in the air force, Ron attended U of M Duluth were he played football. Ron retired as a captain from the Duluth Fire Dept. after 31 years of service. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Duluth Heights; an active member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Minnesota’s first snowmobile club, The Turtle Patrol. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage, antique cars, spending time at the hunting shack and the Wednesday Night Cruiser Guys.

He is survived by two sons, Kurt and Karl (Bev) Tarnowski; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mike (Mary) Johnson and Bob (Chris) Johnson; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gerry Tarnowski and one sister, Audrey Lasky. 

Mary Tarnowski was born April 19, 1939 in Staples to Frank and Cecelia Mertens. She graduated from Staples High School. She married Ron Tarnowski in Staples on November 8, 1958. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, FATS Club and Tuesday Card Club. She enjoyed playing cards (31) with the family, going to look at the Sea (Lake Superior). 

She is survived by two sons, Kurt and Karl (Bev) Tarnowski; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Doris Johnson and Franny Mertens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Paul Johnson and Fritz Mertens.

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