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1934 James 2020

James Drazkowski

October 19, 1934 — January 16, 2020

James J. Drazkowski, 85 of Winona, passed away Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at Sauer Healthcare.

He was born October 19, 1934 in Winona MN, to Stanislous and Florence (Paine) Drazkowski. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School. On June 30th 1963, he married Gertrude Milene. During his career he worked at Goodahl company, Brach's Candy Co (Schuler Chocolates), and retired from the Winona Community Memorial Hospital as a Boiler Engineer. During his career at the Winona Hospital, Jim could be found managing the boiler's, helping the nurses start their cars in the winter, shoveling walks in the winter, or could be just about anywhere in the building doing work and repairs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making homemade lures, trapping, and had a love for Ginseng. Other hobbies were his gardens, stained glass window projects, inventions such as a candy wrap machine and a glass crushing machine and woodworking. James loved to share stories of his life growing up.
He is survived by his wife Gertrude; sons, David of Winona, Robert (Gwen) of Maine, Vince (Jackie), Kim (Millie) of Winona, Michael of Rochester, and Eric of Winona; daughters, Vicki Kulas of Winona and Barbara Lightfoot (Tom) of Ankeny IA. James has many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Also survived by brother, Ritchie; sisters, Julie (Wendel) Nelson and Helen Dietrich, all of Winona.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanislous and Florence Drazkowski; brothers, Bernard, Paulie, Adam and a brother at infancy. Sisters, Rosie Morgan, Teresa Winters
and Margaret V. Johnson.

A Celebration of Life will be at The Chapel in Sauer Healthcare on March 6th between 2:00-3:00 p.m. for friends and family. He will be laid to rest at Saint Mary's Cemetery, Winona, Mn. Hoff Celebration of Life Center - Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please share a memory of Jim and sign his online guestbook at

*The family would like to thank guests for the flowers, cards and gifts!*


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