John H. “Mick” Michalowski, 91, of Winona, died peacefully at St. Anne Extended Healthcare, July 3, 2013.
John was born December 18, 1921, in Winona, to John and Augusta (Fischer) Michalowski. John graduated from Cotter High School, where he was elected senior class president. He was a member of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. After graduating from High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served during World War II. One of John’s most memorable moments during this time occurred at a USO show where he was selected from the audience to dance with Ginger Rogers. John was an excellent baseball player and was drafted by a semiprofessional league where he was the star first baseman. He always said “I could have made the big league if my legs weren’t so short.” After his tenure with the team, he returned home and continued his love of baseball playing with the PNA and the Winona Chiefs.
John was employed at UBC for several years prior to accepting a position as Director of the Winona State University Print Shop. Additionally he ran The Lantern Tavern, which was a home- town gathering place for family and friends of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.
John was an active member of the Winona Eagles Club, the Winona American Legion Club, the Winona Athletic Club and the Winona Polish Heritage Society, where he served on the Board of Directors. He was also a lifelong member of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka.
John is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Jeannie and Patrick Smith, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Harry, Joseph, Ted, Stephen and Richard, and six sisters: Frances, Gertrude, Margaret, Modesta, Bernice and Mary.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka. The Reverend Monsignor Roy Literski will officiate. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Monday until time of services at the basilica. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, with military graveside honors provided by American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post 9.
Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Winona Goodview is assisting Mick’s family with arrangements. Please share a memory of Mick at his online guestbook and view his Tribute Video when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.