Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN


John G. Marszalek

September 7, 1934June 22, 2020

Age 85, of Coon Rapids, passed away at home on Monday, June 22, 2020 with his wife by his side. John was born to Polish immigrants in Northeast Mpls and married the love of his life, Kitty, in 1958. A gifted accordion player, he was a popular performer at country clubs, ballrooms and radio shows with his band, The Johnny Marshall Orchestra. He used his musical gift and love of learning to inspire students through his music schools and private lessons. With Kitty by his side, he had 24 wonderful years of retirement, traveling the U.S. in his RV, playing bridge, and entertaining his grandchildren. His story telling and jokes, musical talent, warm smile, and love for his family left an everlasting impression in our hearts.

Preceded in death by his brother, Ed.

Survived by wife of 62 years, Kitty; children, Greg (Alice), Lori Hudalla, Cheryl Niebeling; grandchildren, Meghan, Marie, Connor, Kyle, Abby & Alex; and nephew, Bob.

Funeral Mass will be held on June 29, 2020 at 10:30 am at The Church of the Epiphany (1900 111th Ave NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota). Visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Burial at Epiphany Cemetery, Coon Rapids.


  • Kyle Niebeling
  • Alex Niebeling
  • Connor Hudalla
  • Chris Germscheid
  • Dave Roeloff
  • Adyn Clausen


  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, June 29, 2020


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Alice Marszalek

June 26, 2020

Some of my best memories were just sitting around listening to John share stories of his experiences. He is the consummate story and joke teller. He was always kind and generous with his time – except for when it came to playing 500. He wanted to get the bid and it was high pressure being on his team. Thank goodness Kitty tolerated me being her partner. I will miss his quick wit, ability to talk about moments in history, and his love of life & family. He was the best father-in-law ever and will be painfully missed.