Palbicki, James W.


James W. Palbicki, age 63, of Winona, MN, died on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI, after suffering a stroke on January 1, 2009.

He was born on March 7, 1945, in Winona, MN, to Walter and Sylvia (Sikorski) Palbicki. On April 4, 1970, he was united in marriage with Doris Dulas at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, MN.

Jim honorably served with the United States Navy from 1963 until 1967. He was employed by Northwestern Bell and Qwest from 1968 until his retirement on July 31, 2006. Jim also owned and operated the Zesto Drive-in from 1976 until 1998.

He was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, the Athletic Club, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and past Grand Sachem of the Redmen’s Club. Jim also participated in many activities at the VFW.

In Jim’s younger years, he enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, ice skating and teaching ice skating to his children. He loved going to the casino, trips to Las Vegas and boating on the river. He was a fan of the Rat Pack and Elvis. Most of all, Jim loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Jim will be sadly missed by all who knew him!

Jim is survived by his wife, Doris, children: Brad Palbicki and Melanie (Chaz) Timm of Winona, Jeremy (Katie) Palbicki, of Rochester, MN, grandchildren, Madelaine Dombeck, Adria Timm, Christopher Palbicki, Brandon Palbicki, Alyssa Palbicki, and Grace Palbicki; mother, Sylvia Palbicki, Winona, MN, brothers, William (Linda) Palbicki, Plymouth, MN, and Richard (Dana) Palbicki, Cottage Grove, MN, brothers and sisters-in-law, Bryan (Ann) Dulas, Ron (Cindy) Dulas, Darwin (Nancy) Dulas, Bill Dulas and Linda Wiste, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, Jack and Jenny (Lubinski) Sikorski and Dominic and Stella (Rolbiecki) Palbicki, parents-in-law, Ray and Evelyn Dulas, and brother-in-law, Harold Dulas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered January 6, 2009, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Monsignor Roy E. Literski officiated. Spring burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Jim’s family at

Entrusted to our care – Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.


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