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Ed Prochniak

April 08, 1922 - October 08, 2011


Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. at Riverview Place, Fargo.

Wednesday, October 12 from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:30 A.M. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo.


Holy Cross North Cemetery.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Ed Prochniak

April 08, 1922 - October 08, 2011


Edward Prochniak was born in Edgeley, North Dakota on April 8, 1922 to Helen (Gawinski) and Anthony Prochniak. After completing high school he attended State Normal Industrial School in Ellendale, North Dakota, earning a degree in bookkeeping. He entered the United States Army in 1942 with an honorable discharge in 1944. Ed was honored with medals for his service in the Army.

Edward married Irene Ann Steffes in LaMoure, North Dakota on June 25, 1951. While residing in Lamoure, Edward worked for Berg Auto parts store.  In 1954, Ed and Irene moved to Fargo. Edward was employed with North Dakota State University until 1971 in Maintenance Engineering.

Ed was a devoted member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church for 51 years and was proud to be a charter member of that parish. Ed volunteered his time and talent with the church as a liturgical minister and other church environment details. Ed’s faith and the ‘church’ were an integral part of his life.

Ed enjoyed gardening, manicuring his lawn, and spending time with his family and friends. His favorite pastime was baseball. He was a diehard New York Yankee’s fan and was always grateful towards Yankee’s owner George Steinbrenner for signing the best players’ money could buy!

Edward is survived by his four children: Wayne (Pam), Edina Minnesota, Jeanie (Jeffry) Volk, West Fargo, Cathy (Dennis) Erbele, Fargo, Jim (Sue), West Fargo; ten grandchildren: Carolyn Prochniak, Chad, Kyle, Jordan, and Elizabeth Volk, Michael, Cathryn and Christopher Erbele, Matthew and Benjamin Prochniak; three siblings: Bob, Billings Montana, John, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Marie Morgan, Brainerd, Minnesota.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife Irene, parents, and siblings: Phillip, Edgeley, North Dakota, Ann, Sherburn, Minnesota, Lawrence, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Victor, Fairmont, Minnesota, Ted, Dallas, Texas, Janet, Arthur, North Dakota, Sue, Fairmont, Minnesota.

Edward, 89, passed away at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Riverview Place – 5300 12th St S, Fargo, ND or Villa Maria – 3102 So University Dr, Fargo, ND.


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  1. John Schwinden says:

    Lakeville MN

    I am sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your father growing up and attending Holy Spirit grade school……. God bless you and all your family.

  2. Kevin Duchschere says:

    St. Paul Minnesota
    Cathy — I was so sorry to learn of your loss. Your father gave so much for so many years, and you can always be proud of him — as I’m sure he was of you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kevin Duchschere

  3. Geri & Jeff Wollitz Family says:

    West Fargo ND
    Jeanie,Jeff and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad, grandpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Carol Hanson says:

    Mankato MN
    Ed was my late husband’s uncle. He and Irene were dear to our hearts. Please accept my sympathy at the loss of this dear man.

    Carol Hanson

  5. Connie Restemayer says:

    Fargo North Dakota

    May it bring you comfort to know that nothing can diminish the wonderful ways your father touched your life…
    The love and memories you shared will remain with you forever.

    With our sympathy and prayers,

    Connie (Setter) Restemayer

  6. Mark Gentzkow & Family says:

    To the Prochniak Family:

    Our prayers are with you all and memories are filled with good thoughts and funny moments with the old NY Yankee himself, Ed Prochniak.

    God Bless you guys!

  7. Syrie Rabideaux says:

    Ed was a great guy! I loved talking with him about baseball and Bison Football. He had a lot of courage and was such a nice man! He will be missed. My thoughts are prayers are with the family.

    Syrie Rabideaux

  8. Sharon Heley says:

    Fargo ND
    Jeanie and family…so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed chatting with your dad at soccer games back in the day. Blessings and peace to you during this time.

  9. Esther Bernardy says:

    Moorhead MN
    So sorry for your loss, they were such wonderful neighbors, his lawn was always just beautiful, he was so proud of it.

    The Esther Bernardy family.

  10. John and Teresa Gentzkow says:

    Greenwood, Indiana Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Remembering the fun times we had when our families were together.

  11. Rick & Connie Foyt family says:

    Eden Prairie MN
    Wayne, Jeanie, Cathy and Jim,

    I am so sorry to hear about “Uncle Ed.” So many fond memories of our families growing up together. We sure have had fun through the years! God Bless all of you and your families. We send all of our love and prayers your way.

  12. Bryan and Emmy Niewind says:

    To the Ed Prochniak Family:

    We are sorry about your loss. Sadly, another member of the “Greatest Generation” has passed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bryan and Emmy Niewind

  13. Paul Gentzkow says:

    Saratoga Ca.Wayne, Jeanie, Cathy and Jim,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!!

    Paul and Barbara Gentzkow

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