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Wulff Funeral Home

1485 White Bear Ave, St Paul, MN

OBITUARY

Peter William Urbanski

February 17, 1945June 8, 2020
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Age 75, of Maplewood, MN Passed away in the presence of his loving wife Michelle on the early morning of June 8, 2020. Preceded in death by parents George and Sabina Urbanski and sisters Joyce (Cardelli) and Mary Jo (Grebe).Survived by his wife of 52 years Michelle (Cunningham); grateful and loving sons Shawn (Rhonda), Jason (Jennifer), Andrew (Nicole), and Seth; grandchildren Colin, Jodie, Allie, Audrey, Abram, Noah, Jakob and Julia; older brothers Roger (Donna) and Thomas (Joann), and younger sister Susan (Ed) Franzmeier.

Born and raised on St. Paul’s East Side, Peter attended St. Casmir’s Catholic School and graduated from Johnson HS in ’63. He studied at the University of Minnesota and received his BA degree fromMetropolitan State University. Peter enjoyed a three-decades long career at Medtronic. He received a patent related to manufacture of medical devices, served on the board of directors on the Society of Plastic Engineers – Medical Plastics Division, workedwith the International Standards Organization in the development of standards for biocompatibility testing.

Peter, with the assistance of brothers and brother-in laws, labored many hours to build homes for his family. This drive to provide and his embrace of hard work led Peter to a 10-year involvement withHabitat for Humanity. His interest in trains led him into years of volunteering at a local model railroad museum.

Family was always very important to Peter. Always present for his sons, he coached hockey mites through midgets; led canoeing, fishing, camping, and skiing expeditions. He rode shotgun in moving truckswith his sons as they wandered the States – wherever their work took them – always lending a hand and priceless wisdom to turn houses into homes for their families.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the loving care and concern by the staff at Woodbury Estates Senior Living. Visitation Wednesday, June 23 from 5 to 7 PM at Wulff Funeral Home1485 White Bear Avenue, St, Paul. Private Family Mass by Invitation Only on June 24 at St. Pascal Baylon Church. Interment Thursday, June 25 at 1 PM at Union Cemetery in Maplewood. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respectsocial distancing requirements. Memorials preferred to Autism Society of Minnesota or The Arthritis Foundation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Private Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Interment

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Anne Coldwell

July 22, 2020

To the Urbanski family,

I was saddened to learn that Peter died recently. I worked with Pete at Medtronic. He was one of the first people I met there and I always respected and admired him. He was an intelligent and thoughtful engineering manager, and a wonderful human being. I am sure he will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Cyndee Smith

June 21, 2020

Michelle please accept my sympathies on the loss of Pete. Extend my condolences to your sons and extended family. As you know it's been many many years since I saw Pete but seeing his picture I immediately recognized him. I was shocked and saddened to see he passed. Prayers to you and your family. Sincerely, Cyndee Holter Smith

Marcia Cardelli Stahovich

June 20, 2020

Uncle Peter was an amazing man. I remember falling out of his first car when we were all in the back seat and he turned the corner by the Dahms and the door flew open and I fell out. So many good memories: my dad helping him with dry wall, he and Micki babysitting us, a trip to the Medtronic pacemaker plant after I became a nurse. When my mom died we rollerbladed down the Coast Highway along their ocean. Will miss the times we had together.

Ron Urbanski

June 12, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Uncle Pete's death. I always appreciated his sense of humor and funny stories. In the early 70s he took me on a tour of Medtronic which was the coolest thing ever. Take care Aunt Mickey and family. (This photo is from 1953 when my dad was home on leave from the navy.)

David Bogdan

June 10, 2020

So sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. 75 is way too young. I can honestly say he was one of my favorite cousins. I don’t think I ever heard a harsh word come out of him. I’ll always remember him speaking at my Dad’s funeral back in 2012, relaying the story of us hurling our old claw foot tub off the upstairs porch at our house on Cook St. Everyone had a good laugh at that one. It’s also a shame we can’t get together to remember his life due to these crazy times, I’m sure we all will at some point. Take care all of you and be safe. I’ve attached a photo of Pete and my sister Kathy when the graduated together back in 1964.

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I love you Papa

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Peter and Shawn in Norman OK

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Papa, Grandma, Allie, and Audrey

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I love you Papa

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Peter and Shawn in Norman OK

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Papa, Grandma, Allie, and Audrey

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Peter and Shawn 82/83

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Christmas in the early days at 1442 Lark

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Papa with Audrey on her first Christmas

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Spring of 1973

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Spring of 1973

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