Arthur J. Chermak

Born: Fri., Mar. 15, 1929
Died: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 15, 2017
Location: Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home - Glenwood Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 16, 2017
Location: St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church

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Arthur J. Chermak, age 87, of rural Alexandria, MN, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Bethany Community in Alexandria, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 16th at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, rural Lowry, with Fr. James Statz officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood with parish prayers and rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in St. John Nepomuk Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

Arthur “Art” Joseph Chermak, son of Wencil and Christine (Bartos) Chermak, was born at home on March 15, 1929, in Lake Mary Township, Douglas County, Minnesota.  He grew up on the farm in Lake Mary Township and attended St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and District 456 country school.  Art served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. 

Art was united in marriage to Dorreen Kalina on September 20, 1955, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church.  They made their home and life on the family farm.  Art and Dorreen were blessed with six children:  Thomas, Randy, Linda, Lowell, Paul and Jodi.  He spent his entire life caring for his family, and his passion was farming.  Family gatherings and entertaining were a significant part of his life.  Art served on the school board for District 456 and was a lifetime member of the Lowry American Legion.

Art died on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Bethany Nursing Home in Alexandria surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his loving wife of over 61 years, Dorreen; 6 children: Tom (Frances) Chermak of Longmont, CO; Randy Chermak of Osakis; Linda Kolodziej (David Benshoof) of White Bear Lake; Lowell (Michele) Chermak of Alexandria; Paul (Michelle) Chermak of Alexandria; and Jodi (Allan) Teich of Sartell; 14 grandchildren: Justin Chermak, Jessyca Chermak (Cory Knutson), Ryan (Angie) Chermak, Shaun Chermak, Heather (Shane) Kallenbach, Adam Kolodziej, Kirby (Jenni) Chermak, Derek Chermak, Casey Chermak, Krystal Chermak, Sierra Chermak, Harley Chermak, Greta Teich, and William Teich; and 5 great-grandchildren: Jack Chermak, Ava and Austin Knutson, Chase Chermak, and Dylan Hart.

Art is preceded in death by his parents; sister, LaVera Tvrdik, and aunt, Lillian Kancianich.

Art had an infectious smile and personality.  He will be missed by many and was loved by all.

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Lane Kalina
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of Art's passing. He was a great man, and I will never forget all the fun times at the farm. The hog roasts, and of course, the new years eve parties.I feel so fortunate to have experienced all those fun times. He will be missed.

Sally Iverson
   Posted Wed February 15, 2017
So sorry to hear about your father's passing. I am praying for God's comfort for you and all your family.

Tim Fenlason
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
Jodi, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May God's peace and grace cover you and your family now and in the next months and years as you grieve the loss of your father.

Gary Chan
   Posted Sun February 19, 2017

I'm sorry to hear of Art's passing. I expect he lived a very full life. You and Art and Henry and Joey were just some of the people I looked up to when I lived on the farm. You have my sympathies.

Lonny Morrison
   Posted Sun February 19, 2017
Randy and all the Chermak family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. No words can take your pain away but keep the good memories close and in time they will bring a smile to your face. And he will always be as close as your thoughts. My dad passed away 21 years ago and he's still stuck listening to me because I talk to him alot.

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