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1936 James 2019

James Joseph Koziolek

March 28, 1936 — May 27, 2019

Funeral services for James J. Koziolek, age 83, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.  Father Kurt Farrell will officiate. Interment will be at Owatonna Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Online condolences are welcome at


James died Monday, May 27, 2019 at his home.


James Joseph Koziolek was born on March 28, 1936 in Wells, Minnesota, the son of Stanley and Agnes (Klocek) Koziolek.  He attended several years of parochial school in Wells until the family moved to New Richland where he graduated from New Richland High School.  On April 23, 1957 James was united in marriage to Carol Ann Moen at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Owatonna. He farmed until 1969 and worked at Wilson’s for 33 years, retiring in 1988.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren. James was a huge fan of the Vikings and Twins.  He was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church and the N.R.A.


James is survived by four sons: Michael and his wife, Jean Koziolek, and their children, Anthony (Jenny) Koziolek and Korey (Amanda) Koziolek; Richard and his wife, Deb Koziolek and their children, Amber (Zach) Crail and Ashley (Josh) Tupa; Charles and his wife, Jackie Koziolek and their children, Erica Koziolek and Zachary (Lucy) Koziolek; Brian and his wife, Kerry Koziolek and their children, Brady and Kelsey; daughter, Barbara Koziolek of Faribault; great-grandchildren: Victoria and Ethan Koziolek, Riley and Boston Koziolek, Faith, Payton, Jackson, and J.J. Tupa, and Blake and Ellie Ball; sisters, Betty Gavle and Lorraine Wallace; sister-in-law, Judy Koziolek; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; two infant sons; brother, Marvin Koziolek; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Gavle and Don Wallace; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Koziolek; and several nieces and nephews.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

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Friday, May 31, 2019

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