Augustin "Gene" Tschosik

Augustin “Gene” Tschosik, age 83, of Fargo, formerly of Strasburg, ND, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2019 at Sanford Hospital with his loving family at his side. Gene was born on the family farm near Strasburg on July 21, 1935, the son of John and Mary (Heinz) Tschosik. He grew up in this area and received his education. Gene proudly served his country in the United States Army and returned to North Dakota after he was honorably discharged and took over the family farm. Gene was united in marriage to Marlene Gartner on June 11, 1966 in Bismarck, ND, by the priest that introduced them, Father Paluck. Together they made their home on the family farm where they worked for many years and raised their family. They moved to Fargo in 2014, and have most recently made their home at Touchmark. At Touchmark you could find him tossing bean bags, leading the rosary or drinking coffee with any of the many friends he made. You could always find him walking the halls sharing stories or jokes with staff and other residents. Gene was a man of strong faith always having his rosary with him. Everyone loved him because of his huge heart and contagious smile. He was forever a jokester - always quick to share a story. In later years, Gene started baking which he shared every week for the people at the YWCA. His grandchildren were truly the light of his life. From the minute they were born, he would rock and sing to them for endless hours. He loved attending all of their sporting events and activities. Gene is survived by his wife, Marlene of Fargo; his children - Mary (Dan) Piwowar of Royalton, MN; Lyle Tschosik of Roseville, MN; Lynn Tschosik of Fargo; Loren (Melissa) Tschosik of Fargo, ND; Sr. Maria of Jesus Crucified (Dannette); twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Also surviving are his siblings - Rose, Adele, Al, Ed and many nieces and nephews and cousins. Gene was preceded in death by a son, Darnell; his siblings - Adam, Helen, Victor, Tony, John, Regina, Agatha, Joseph, Diane. Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 PM Friday, January 18, 2019 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo, ND. Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church with visitation beginning one hour prior. Burial will take place at a later date at the National Veterans Cemetery in Fargo.

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  1. Tschosik family: Know of our deepest sadness of this news. Thank you for sharing your Pa with us! May he rest in the hands of Jesus!
    The Huck’s

  2. Love and prayers for all of you. Pa and you all have a special place in my heart. Thanks for letting me be a part of your family.

  3. Our sincere sympathy. May Gene Rest In Peace. An honest and friendly man. May God grant comfort and Peace to his caring family. RIP

  4. We are saddened to hear of Gene’s death. Our family has gotten to know Gene a bit since our mom moved to Touchmark. He seems to be such a kind soul. We wish Marlene and the entire family all the best, and we will miss Gene greatly.
    –John, Bernice and Karla Marthe and Pam Rezac

  5. Gene was such a special man, who brought smiles to all of the staff that work at the YWCA when he would walk in with treats. He gave the best hugs and everyone who works here knows who the “popcorn” man Gene was. He would walk in and instantly the energy would change and all the staff would buzz that Gene was in the building leading to many people going up front to say hello or get a hug and see how he had been doing. AMAZING man and he will be greatly missed by all of his “girls” at the YWCA.

  6. Gene, filled our hearts, as well as many a belly at the shelter. I will miss his treats, his jokes, and his hugs most of all.

  7. Our deepest sympathy to all of Gene’s family. We first met Gene and Marlene at Edgewood Vista. We enjoyed many interesting conversations with Gene about family, farming and the world in general. Gene’s friendly smile and quick wit will be missed.

  8. It was such a pleasure to know Gene over the years. He was always smiling and seemed so happy when I would see him. He felt like family to us with Mary and Dan being such good friends of ours and our daughter being married to his grandson. We are so happy that he was able to meet his great-granddaughter. He loved holding her so much and was so happy for Talon and Mia. God bless everyone in the Tschosik family. We will be praying for all of you in your time of sorrow. Gene and Alyssa Schreder

  9. Lynn,

    Prayers and thoughts as you work through your grief and sorrows; Find comfort in all the memories especially his time with his children, grand children and great grand child.Thinking of you and your family at this time. Let us know if there is anything you need from your RTS family.

    –Peg Pound

  10. Tschosik family-your father was certainly a well-loved man who lived a wonderful life. Our lives are better having known him! Much love to you all.

  11. I got to know Gene in the past year at Touchmark. I would see him riding bike in the gym or see him in the hot tub. we would always talk and he would share stories and jokes. What a nice and gracious person. He will be missed at the gym and pool

  12. I work at the YWCA and the impact that Gene made on the staff was priceless. He would bring us treats always with a smile. Staff would stop to hug him, chat with him and thank him. He thoughtfulness helped to brighten our days and I hope our company brightened his days. I am so blessed to have known him.

  13. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Gene was a very special man. He will be missed. My prayers are with you.

  14. My prayers go out to u all. Marlene and Gene have always been a couple I admired. Ur love for each other truly showed. God be with Marlene and the family.

  15. Rest In Peace Gene. Our thoughts and prayers to the family and Marlene. Such a kind hearted man that always had the biggest smile.

  16. Beautiful tribute video for a beautiful, gentle soul. That smile of his… We’ll miss him, too. Hugs to you all. David, Misty, and the kids

  17. Lynn,
    With heartfelt sympathy, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. It was such a pleasure meeting your dad. We will miss him as a pinochle player.
    Brenda Mears

  18. Many thoughts and prayers to the whole family. Going down memory lane and remembering my dear friends from high school and college. May the peace of Jesus fill your hearts in this time of grieving.

  19. Sincere sympathy to the entire Tschosik family. We will keep you all in our prayers. Love and hugs to you all.

  20. Thoughts and prayers to Marlene and family. We watched all of you children grow up in Strasburg of which now is a fast pace in time. Gene was a good friend and customer of the bank I was involved in and will always treasure memories of him. May God be with Gene, a leader of your family.

  21. what a nice family video he was so happy my prayer are with you all was a great neighbor sorry for the loss

  22. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. The fond memories I have of your dad when I visited in the summer make me smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve your loss. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


  24. Tschoschik family we have you all in our thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful man your father was Loren. Cherish those memories forever In your heart.
    Love the Steinbach’s

  25. I’m an employee at Touchmark where Gene lived and will MISS him so very much. It was such a treat to visit with him every morning. He often asked me if I needed an extra prayer, and often I said yes. It was always so fun to see what Gene, Marlene and son were having for dinner on Sunday. He ALWAYS asked me if I wanted some. I just want to say “Thank You” to Gene’s family for sharing him with us.

  26. I enjoyed visiting with Gene at Touchmark! He alway had a smile on his face and such a positive attitude. My Mom, Maxine, lives in Devonshire. So our family got to know both Gene and Marlene. Gene’s love and devotion to Marlene is a true love story. . . God bless the memory of Gene!

  27. I’m sorry to hear of Gene’s death. He was always such a nice man to visit with. My condolences. I will offer Mass for the repose of his soul at St. Ann Church in Berthold on January 29th.

  28. I am sorry to read this. I knew your father from TouchMark. When my father in-law lived there. I loved talking with your father. He gave the best hugs ever. He took such loving care of your mother. I so enjoyed visiting g with your mother as well. Gene will be missed. I hope your memories will bring you comfort during your time of grief.

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