Frank “Arnie” Jirik, 65

Frank “Arnie” Jirik, 65, of St. Augusta, died Friday, July 26.

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Frank was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Brother Walter Kieffer, OSB, officiated and innichment took place at St. John’s Abbey Cemetery following the service.

Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the funeral home.

Frank was born October 5, 1947, to Frank and Stella (Skluzacek) Jirik in Northfield. He grew up on a farm near Webster alongside six siblings. When he was 19 years old, Frank joined the monastery at St. John’s where he was a monk for approximately 25 years. On August 22, 1998, Frank married Leslie Ann Gaertner and welcomed his new family enthusiastically. He was a hardworking man who dedicated himself to many different things. Frank was most at home outdoors and he loved to go fishing, deer hunting, grilling and camping, as well as sitting by bonfires and watching sunsets. He also enjoyed gardening and took pride in his lawn. Frank liked to spend time at his friend’s farm cutting wood, playing card games and cooking. His passion, however, was his family and he was sincerely interested in how everyone was doing and what they were up to. Frank has been described as an approachable, non-judgmental man who was easy to talk to and always had a hug for everyone. He was a loving husband and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Frank is survived by his wife of 14 years, Leslie; his stepchildren Steven (Sunita) Reber, Waite Park; Joe (Mindy) Nelson, Rochester; Greg (Jessica) Nelson, Sartell; his siblings Dave (Bernice) Jirik, Lonsdale; Mary Kay (Dennis) Ceplecha, Webster; Mark (Nancy) Jirik, Montgomery; Anne (Ed) Svoboda, Lonsdale; John (Janet) Jirik, Lonsdale; two grandchildren; four godchildren, many nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Stella Jirik and his brother Dan Jirik.