David Kosciolek

david kosciolek

David Alan Kosciolek, 58, Fargo, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis.

David was born in Detroit, MI to Eugene and Dorothy Kosciolek on December 16, 1954.

David married Marlys Marie Markey on July 7, 1973 at St. Angela’s Catholic Church, Roseville, MI. To this union, 3 daughters were born; Melissa Kosciolek, Konnie (Justin) Evans and Tiffany (Pat) McShane.

David grew up and went to school in Roseville, MI. He attended Macomb County Community College for refrigeration and air conditioning. He worked for Dodge for 10 years before entering into his HVAC career and businesses. His interest in HVAC was inspired by his father, Eugene.

Dave and Marlys’ family moved from Macomb Township, MI to Canby, MN in 1989 to own and operate the Dicken’s Inn Supper Club.

The final family move was to Fargo, ND in 1992 where he continued his HVAC career. He started Northern Mechanical Company in 1996 which specialized in hotel HVAC systems with the help of some dedicated employees.

Dave’s loves were his wife, children, grandchildren and not to forget “Vinny from Vegas.” Dave and Marlys celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with friends on a trip to Aruba. They also had a marriage blessing at St. Mary of the Lakes in Pelican Rapids, MN continuing at Spanky’s in Vergas, MN with their family and most of their wedding party this summer.

His love for hunting started at 15 years old with his future father-in-law, Jerry Markey; which began their special lifelong bond.  Many memories were shared hunting with his brothers-in-law; Jerry, Mark, John, Marvin and Jason in West Branch, MI. He continued hunting and fishing with special friends Dennis, Chuck, Rick, Roger, Mark, Kelly, Scott and passed on his “legacy” of hunting and fishing to his sons-in-law Pat and Justin.

While doing a hotel project in Las Vegas, NV on December 11, 2003 Dave suffered a heart attack. On January 29, 2005 Dave was blessed with a heart transplant which gave him over 8 ½ years of life experiences and memories including traveling with Marlys, walking all three daughters down the aisle, and two grandsons that always added such sparkle to his eyes.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marlys, daughters; Melissa Kosciolek, Konnie (Justin) Evans and Tiffany (Pat) McShane,  2 grandsons; Kane Evans and Mason Kosciolek, mother, Dorothy Kosciolek, siblings; Dennis (Dawn) Separa, Darlene (Chuck) Infantino and Dawn (Bill) Evans and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene, brother, Darryl and sister, Cindy.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Dear Marlys and Girls,
    I was do saddened to learn of your loss. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Mesa azMarlys, my heart goes out to you and the family. I was so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing and wish I could have been there.
    With love, Colleen

  3. Lenox MichiganIt is with much sadness that I sit here and write this today. All of us have lost another wonderful and caring person to the heavens up above. Along with me his other cousins ( Cheryl, Steve, Chuck, Tom and many others ) in Michigan , will all miss him very much. I am sure that he was met at heavens door by others that love and miss him. Big Dave, we love you and we will all see you someday ….

  4. HENDERSON NVMartys, Please except our deepest condolences, Dave and Howard always had a good time when Dave was in Las Vegas, Dave was always trying to get Howard to come out and go hunting and Howard never made it, but Howard is going Hunting next week and will be thinking of Dave always. Our prayers our with you and your family.

  5. Konnie and Family,
    We are sending love and strength to you during this emotional time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    L & D

  6. Kosciolek Family,
    Please accept my condolences on David’s passing. Please know that your family is in my thoughts. Although I haven’t seen Konnie since high school, I enjoyed working with Tiffany this summer and hope that during this difficult time, you’re able to find some peace.

  7. Fargo ND
    Connie and Melissa, I am so sad to hear about your dad. There are no words I express to describe my sorrow for your loss. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.

  8. Fargo ND
    Dave was blessed at the last minuite with a second heart, a second chance at life. I don’t no if he new Frank Sanatra or not but he lived it his way. You would have never known that he had a transplant, unless it was time to drag his deer out, but he was that way before the transplant. There wer’t many stop signs for Dave, he would just go do it. Like scraping ice off one of his buildings parkiing lots with a Bob cat. I told him I wouldn’t be doing that 12 days after his transplant. Yep 15 minutes later the bucket caught and he hit his chest. I walked up and he had tears rolling down his face looked at me and said don’t tell Marlys. and went back to scraping. I am so glad for the time our familys have had together sad that this day has come but look forward to our continued love and friendship.

  9. Thompson North Dakota
    So sorry for your loss. May God fill your hearts with His love and carry you through this time in your life.
    His peace to you,
    Patty (Markey) Roeder

  10. San Diego caI am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there, but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Much love, Mike

  11. Palms MIMarlys and family… Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time…
    The Barker Family
    Palms Michigan

  12. Fargo North Dakota
    Marlys and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, he will be greatly missed. He was a good friend and business associate and I enjoyed many conversations with him. He was always excited about life and very proud of his family. Dave was a respected business man and not afraid to think outside of the box, and I always admired him for that. Please accept my condolences and know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Steven Jesme

  13. My heart just breaks thinking about the family losing such a great man, husband, father and grandfather. Please know we send all our love and support through this difficult time. Please celebrate the wonderful life he lived and cherish all of the moments knowing he brightened many peoples lives!
    Love always,
    Brianna (Kappel) Larison

  14. Chapala Lake MexicoSo sorry to here of Davids passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Marlys and your beautiful family. Take care and God bless you all.

  15. Fargo ND
    To Marlys, my sweet daughter-in-law Tiffany, Konnie, Melissa, Grandma K and the families…

    Oh how we try to understand things which we never will. It is not ours to know. It breaks our spirit to think he was called home before his time. We all dream of forever together. So much to do, so much to say, so much to share. It is now that we call upon our faith, and ask for God’s mercy and His blessings to guide us along the path….a journey we now share.

    May Godspeed to one of the greatest, kindest men I have ever known.

    Much love, Deb McShane

  16. Bismarck ND
    I am so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I sure enjoyed the time I spent with him, his sense of humor and stories were as much a part of the fishing trips as the fishing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. He will be missed but we have the memories.

  17. Fargo ND

    So sorry for the pain that you and your family bear and the loss that you are all feeling. Wishing you all some comfort in the happy memories you share. We are keeping you Marlys close in prayer and heartfelt thoughts as well as Tiffany, Melissa, and Konnie.
    Sympathy to the other family members and friends of Dave.

    Deb and Jeff Frey
    Nick Frey
    Krystal and Jason Boynton

  18. mancelona MII am so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I’ve seen all of you. I do have some wonderful memories with all of you. Especially at West Branch, Dave will be missed, but he was blessed to have such a wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    sincerely Vicky

  19. Bismarck Marlys,
    I was very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. It was a pleasure to know him and develop a working relationship with both of you. You will be in my thoughts.
    Dallas Carlson
    Director – BCI

  20. fargo ndWe at Patterson Dental are so sorry for your loss.Dave was a good man, he was kind, honest and very sincere in everything he did. He will be missed by all of us. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  21. FARGO ND
    I have known Dave for many years. He has been a great friend & will be truely missed. Rick & I will miss our nights out with him. Dinner & a movie will not be the same . My prayers go out to his family.

  22. Dear Melissa and Family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you! We have known Melissa for many years and she always talks so highly of her family. We know all of you are hurting now. Please know our prayers are coming your way and that you get through this difficult time with all the love and support family and friends can bring!
    Yours Truly,
    The Andersons
    Lincoln, Melissa, Tierra and Tyus

  23. Fargo north dakotaI was very fortunate to have known Kojak for many years in my line of business. Dave was a very great customer of mine while I worked at Ferguson Ent. and Fargo Winnelson. Even better than that Dave became one of my great friends. He was sincerely one of the best people that I have ever been fortunate enough to have apart of my life. He taught me many things to help better myself in our line of work and I will always think of him as a wonderful person. He always looked out for me and did what he could to help me get through the tough times. He will be missed by so many and my thoughts go out to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful caring person.

    Jamie Polipnick

  24. Conroe TexasMarlys and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. The memories of your family and mine are a great blessing. We love you all very much.

    See you sunday.
    My love always

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