Duane J. Laseski, 85, of Forest Lake, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Birchwood Health Care Center after a period of declining health.
Duane was born in Little Falls, Minn., on Feb. 3, 1927, to Frank and Esther (Krause) Laseski. He married Rosemary R. Niedzielski of Gilman, Minn., on Sept. 5, 1951, and together they raised a family of four daughters in two Minnesota towns: Little Falls and Rush City.
Duane, or “Dewey” as he was known to many, was a long-time resident of Rush City, where he served in several positions at Plastech Corporation, including vice president of manufacturing, executive vice president, interim sales manager and vice president of administration. Duane retired from Plastech in 1990 after 21 years of service. He later operated a small plastic materials business known as DL Specialties out of his home in Forest Lake.
Duane was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Florida between August 1945 and July 1946. After taking business courses at St. Cloud State University, he held a number of sales and collections positions before settling in the plastics industry. Duane, Rosemary and two of their daughters, Carol and Barbara, moved to Rush City in the early 1970s. Two older daughters, Ruth and Mary, were already young adults at the time of the move.
Duane was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy, and son-in-law Steven Miller. Surviving are his devoted wife and four daughters: Ruth Laseski (Sandro Serra) of Bellaire, Texas; Mary Miller of Bountiful, Utah; Carol Boston (Rob) of Silver Spring, Md.; and Barbara Ness (Randy) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. He is also survived by a sister, Gerry Reaser, of Little Falls; brother, Wes, of Edina; and nine grandchildren: Annie Serra, Ellie Serra, Laura Hancock, Julianne Hancock, Michelle Goeppinger (Sam), Claire Boston, Paul Boston, Riley Ness and Olivia Ness.
Duane enjoyed bicycling, card games and following Minnesota professional sports, especially the Timberwolves and the Twins. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 30 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Forest Lake, with interment at Calvary Cemetery. Fr. Donald DeGrood officiated. Pall bearers were Duane’s three sons-in-law and five of the grandchildren. Military honors were provided by the Forest Lake VFW. Arrangements were entrusted to Mattson Funeral Home.