Edmund P. "Ed" Kujawa

Edmund P. "Ed" Kujawa, age 87, of Kadoka, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka, with Father Brian Sorenson as celebrant.

Music will be provided by JoAnne Stilwell, organist, and Ed’s granddaughters as vocalists: Colette Jones, Stephanie Beynon, Trista Hedderman, Chelsea Kujawa, Britni Rhinehart, Abby Endres, Jodi Leeper and Trina Thorn.

Readers are Jeremy Kujawa and Matt Bercheim. Gift bearers are Chase Endres and Nick Rhinehart. Pallbearers are Ed’s grandsons-in-law, Travis Thorn, Chad Hedderman, Coy Sasse, Scott Jones, Chad Beynon and B.J. Leeper.

Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #27 will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Edmund P. Kujawa, better known as Ed, was born April 17, 1918, in St. Cloud, MN, the son of Vincent and Mary (Gapinski) Kujawa. He grew up in St. Cloud and graduated from St. Cloud High School. He then attended business college for one year. As a young man he worked in the granite quarry in St. Cloud. Ed served in the United States Navy during WWII, receiving his honorable discharge in December 1945. He then worked for J.F. Anderson Lumber Company in St. Cloud. He was transferred to the J.F. Anderson Lumber Company in Murdo, prior to being transferred to Kadoka.

Ed was united in marriage to Pauline "Polly" Heid on November 24, 1949, in Luxemburg, MN. They made their home in Kadoka all their married life. He continued to work for J.F. Anderson Lumber Company until they purchased the business in 1961. They renamed the business to Kadoka Lumber and Supply Company. They operated this until 1991 when they sold the business to their son Jim and his wife Arlene.

After retiring they continued to make their home in Kadoka, where he has since resided.

Ed was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, the American Legion Post #27, and the Kadoka Community Betterment Association, all of Kadoka.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Polly, of Kadoka; six children, Joanne Berheim and her husband, Tom, of Forbes, ND, Jim Kujawa and his wife, Arlene, of Kadoka, Ken Kujawa of Moberly, MO, Karen Kujawa and her husband, Jack Henderson, of Denver, CO, Rita Endres and her husband, Scott, of Maple Grove, MN, and Rhonda Schultz of Gilbert, AZ; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Edward Kujawa of St. Cloud, MN; three other brothers, George Kujawa and his wife, Dottie, of Oak Brook, IL, Frank Kujawa and his wife, Anne Marie, of Sanborn, MN, and Jim Kujawa and his wife, Mary, of Crookston, MN; a sister, Retta Venables of Winter Park, FL; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ben, Al and Father Rich Kujawa; and two sisters, Genevieve Schmid and Irene Theis.

A memorial is established. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of arrangements.