Joseph Dwyer, age 83, died on November 8, 2022 at McKenna Crossing in Prior Lake.
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Northview-North Mankato Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following: Duck Lake Preservation Association or Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Joseph Dwyer was born on August 20, 1939 to Inga and Leo Dwyer. After losing his dad as an infant, he was raised by his incredible mom and five older siblings that would refer to him as “little Joe” far into adulthood. Joe graduated from Redwood Falls High School, attended Seattle University and served in the U.S. Army.
Joe married Marilyn Becker on October 27, 1962 in Mankato and they moved to St. Paul where he was the Assistant Manager of a Gambles store. They eventually moved to Winnebago, MN to open their own Gambles store, where he also served as a volunteer fireman and a member of the school board. Joe would move on to managing a manufacturing plant until he landed in Sales at Kato Engineering, the perfect complement to his outgoing and friendly disposition. Retiring from Kato at the young age of 58 he was always busy. If he wasn’t volunteering at MRCI, meeting up with the Kato retirement coffee crew or walking/biking in the neighborhood, he was sure to be at Duck Lake. Whether he was fishing, fixing a leaky roof, or enjoying a Bud Light with a neighbor, the cabin became a place full of memories made with his kids and grandchildren.
Joe is now celebrating in Heaven with his wife of 57 years, Marilyn, his daughter, Michelle, his parents, siblings, and other family. He is survived by his son, Michael (Vicky) Dwyer, son-in-law Mark Stavros, and daughter Lynn (Craig) Willmert. He leaves behind seven grandchildren who knew him as Pops, Papa, or Grandpa: Nathan (Mary) Dwyer, Zachary (McKenzie) Dwyer, Meghan and Ben Stavros, Nicholas, Molly, and Jack Willmert. Rest easy, Dad.