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Nicholas Kaluzniak

Nicholas Jack Kaluzniak, M.D., 78, of Pelican Rapids, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at Meritcare Palliative Care Center in Fargo, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Nicholas is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Joan Kaluzniak; daughters, Carla (Jonathon) Parrington of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Monica (Mark) LaBriola of Sacramento, Calif.; sons, Paul Kaluzniak of Forest Lake, Minn., David (Tracy) Kaluzniak of Plymouth, Minn., and Michael Kaluzniak of St. Paul; brother, Clarence Kaluzniak of Vancouver, Canada; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two step-great grandchildren.

Preceding Nicholas in death were his parents, Peter and Annie Kaluzniak; his sister, Zita Kaluzniak; and his brother, Peter Kaluzniak Jr.

A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, rural Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Bob LaPlante officiating; there will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services. Burial will be at St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

A memorial service will also be held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Langdon, N.D., on Saturday Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.

Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids, is handling arrangements. An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred sent to the Great Plains Food Bank, 1720 3rd Ave. N., Fargo ND 58102 or Freedom from Hunger (