Robert Pellowski Obituary
Robert George Pellowski, 80, of Lake City, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.
He was born on Feb. 22, 1940 in Arcadia, Wis. to Felix and Amelia (Waniorek) Pellowski, the youngest of 10 children. Robert grew up in the Catholic faith as a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Arcadia and attended St. Aloysius Elementary School in Arcadia. He then attended Cotter High School in Winona, graduating in 1958. He went on to attend Winona State and received his bachelor's and master’s degrees in education. He married Sharon Anderson on Aug. 28, 1965 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rice Lake, Wis.
Robert was a high school English teacher for 36 years. He taught in Marshfield, Wis., La Crosse, Wis., Circle Pines, Minn., and retired from teaching senior English in Lake City after 33 years. He loved to teach literature and creative writing courses. He was known as “Mr. P” to generations of students. He also enjoyed directing plays and co-directing musicals in his earlier years of teaching. Robert was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City, where he also taught religious education classes. He served on the Lake City Public Library Board for several years and supported keeping reading and books accessible to all. Robert was involved in local scouting, serving as a council member for Boy Scouts and Eagle Scout Board of Reviews for many years. He also enjoyed reading, going on family vacations, traveling and camping around the country, raising purebred dogs, and being a grandpa. In his retirement he was a horse farmer. He always liked to hear a good joke and have a long chat with family and friends.
Robert is survived by his wife, Sharon Pellowski of Lake City; children, Dr. Christopher Pellowski of Rapid City, S.D., Paul Pellowski of Lake City, Michelle (Dan) Dammen of Winona, and Angela (Jerome) Sage of Coral Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, William, Emilia, Ellen, and Maya; one sister, Theresa Foust of Clinton, Tenn.; sisters-in-law, Guadalupe Pellowski Virgil of Mariposa, Calif. and Judy Pellowski of Madison, Wis.; and many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings and spouses, Clarence (Romelle) Pellowski, Cyril (Bonnie) Pellowski, Cecilia (Goodwin) Gunderson, John Pellowski, Basil Pellowski, Lucille (James Sr.) Tynes, Evarist (Solveig) Pellowski, and Aaron (Judy) Pellowski.
A funeral mass will be on Friday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake City with Fr. Matthew Fasnacht officiating with a limited 25 percent capacity. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at the church with a limited 25 percent capacity. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Winona.
Arrangements by Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel. Guest register may be signed at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com.