Posted 4/06/11 (Wed)
Gerald E. “Jerry” Pokrzywinski, 74, Grand Forks, N.D., passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, surrounded by his loving family.
Gerald Earl Pokrzywinski was born Jan. 13, 1937, the son of Michael and Delphine (Dauksavage) Pokrzywinski, in Oslo, Minn. He graduated from Alvarado High School, Alvarado, Minn., in 1955, and entered the United States Army on Oct. 17, 1955. He was honorably discharged from military service on Aug. 16, 1957, and returned to North Dakota, where he graduated from Molar Barber College, Fargo, N.D.
Jerry married Darline Riskey on Oct. 16, 1958, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Oslo, Minn. In 1959, he began operating the “Campus Barber Shop” at the University of North Dakota. Jerry successfully ran the barber shop, for over 50 years, up until the Monday before his passing.
He is survived by his wife, Darline; children, Richard (Diana) Pokrzywinski, Watford City, N.D., Todd (Ronda) Pokrzywinski, Grand Forks, N.D., Rhonda (Brian) Kvidt, Thompson, N.D., Cheryl (Candonn) Granger, Reynolds, N.D.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Marlan (Bonnie), Crookston, Minn., and sister, Arlene (Norris) Thune, Thief River Falls, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three infant siblings.
Mass of Christian Burial took place at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks, N.D. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery South, Grand Forks, N.D., in the spring, with military honors provided by members of the American Legion Post 157, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817, and the North Dakota National Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Catholic Development Foundation for Seminary Education, 5201 Bishops Blvd., Suite A, Fargo, ND 58104-7605.
The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com.