Michael H. Blazek


Our loved one, Michael H. Blazek, surrounded by his loving family, left this earth to be with Jesus on Monday, December 6th, 2021, at CHI St. Alexius Hospital, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck.  A Livestream of the Service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.  Burial will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, December 13, 2021, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND,

Visitation will be held Friday, December 10, 2021, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Bismarck Funeral Home, with a Rosary and Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Michael was born on February 10, 1946, to Jerrie and Hilda (Thompson) Blazek in Barnett Township, Roseau County, Minnesota where he grew up.  Michael served in the US Air Force from 1964-1966 and in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

Michael met Valerie Kuznia in Thief River Falls, MN in 1968 and they were married in 1969.  They welcomed into their lives Pamela, Donavan, and Jonathan.

Michael made his living in law enforcement, a family construction business, real estate, and working for the state of North Dakota.

Michael’s life was fulfilled by serving his family and people across all walks of life.  He loved to see his family and his grandchildren, watching their sporting events, choral concerts, playing board games (Risk- which he always seemed to win), and just time around the home.

Michael was a huge supporter of the community by serving with the Knights of Columbus (4th degree), the Lions Club (District Governor), and a lifetime member of the VFW.  He was a man who would give the shirt off his back to someone who needed it and the last dollar out of his pocket.  He always had a story to tell or a joke for any moment.  He never met a stranger.

Michael had a deep faith in Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  His faith has been extended down into his family.

Michael is deeply missed by his wife of 52 years, Valerie; daughter, Pamela; son, Donavan (Sara); son, Jonathan (Brenda), grandchildren Chalsie, Zach, Levi, Chandler, Alexis, Chase, Cody, Cole, Alyda, Alece, great-grand daughter Teegan; brother, Robert; sisters, Shelly, Betty, Jennifer, Annie, Deborah, Sarah, Carrie, and Mary Jo, as well as many nephews, nieces, and friends in the community.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerrie; mother, Hilda; father-in-law, Valerian Kuznia; mother-in-law, Loretta (Price) Kuznia; brothers, Charles Blazek and Jerome Blazek, and brother-in-law, Hank Kuznia.

In lieu of flowers, please make donation in his name to St. Vincent de Paul Conference, Bismarck.


Love and miss you Dad.

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RIP Michael, you were a good man. I first met you when you gave me a speeding ticket and we became friends. After my husband passed you worked for me at the store for a short time. Lots of fun memories with you. My sympathy to your family.

We are so very sorry to hear this. Mike was our realtor and also a good friend. When we were selling our house, we went to breakfast many mornings to discuss our next move and we would be guaranteed a joke or two in the conversation. We will cherish those memories always. He was one of the best people we knew.

So sorry to hear about Michael passing, in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He was a heck of a guy I always enjoyed visiting with him.

I knew Mike through the Lions, as he and I were past district governors. I was excited when he was about to become a district governor because I knew of his great leadership skills. Plus, he was so friendly, always quick to flash that great smile of his. To Valerie and the family, may God be with you in this time, and please know that Mike made a difference in so many people’s lives.

Valerie and family,
Words can’t express our feelings for the loss of your husband and father.ay the Lord watch over you and comfort you during this difficult time. Cherish the memories. Mike was always there to help with our lion’s club projects. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. May God watch over all of you. God bless you Mike. Rest in peace dear friend.

Dear Valerie and family, my prayerful sympathy as you grieve Mike’s death. I pray that the wonderful memories you share will keep his presence lively and life-giving. May the God who first loved Mike now welcome him with joy, love and peace. God be with all of you. Sincerely,

Mike was a great man. Always very helpful, kind, considerate, friendly. You are in our prayers.

Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, my condolences to the family.

Like so many Lions, I knew Mike through the Lions as a fellow DG/PDG. His sense of humor has already been mentioned, but his erudite nature was indeed an inspiration to many of us, perhaps due to his past experience in Law Enforcement, but I think it was even more a core piece of who he was. I also served with him during the waning days of the ND Lions Eye Bank and the early days of our union with South Dakota to form Dakota Lions Sight and Health. He was often a voice of reason when the room temperature seemed a bit elevated and he helped steer the course. We can all take comfort that he is now in a better place, but OUR world is a poorer place without him. God Bless you, Mike

Condolences and my prayers to Valerie and Mike’s entire family. May your fond memories comfort you at this time of sorrow. God bless you and give you peace.