Obituary (Star Tribune)
Justin Kukowski, 27, of Chaska, died peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church, 1141 Cardinal Street, Chaska, with the Rev. James Rothschiller officiating. The visitation will be Friday, March 16, 3-8 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 West Third Street, Chaska, and also one hour prior to service on Saturday. Casketbearers will be Trevor Kukowski, Tory Kukowski, Brandon Kukowski, Seth Ressie, Zachary Ressie, and Aaron Clark. Honorary casketbearers will be Tami Sass, Kristel Marquardt, Leah Kukowski, Kelsie Kukowski, Carter Kukowski, Cole Kukowski, Chantel Ressie, Courtney Kukowski, Brenden Kukowski, Tyler Kukowski, Lacy Hennessy and Morgan Hennessy, Alexi Trocinski, Benjamin Trocinski, and Abi Trocinski.
Justin was born March 3, 1980 in Shakopee to Donald and Kathleen (Hennessy) Kukowski. He was one of two sons. He was baptized and confirmed at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church, Chaska. He graduated from Chaska High School in 1999, and attended the U of M in Minneapolis, and then graduated from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, with a degree in Mathematics. Justin had been employed at Wells Fargo Bank after moving back to Minnesota in 2004. He played baseball and ran cross-country for the Chaska Hawks, and also played American Legion baseball. He was an avid Minnesota Twins and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed golfing, playing softball, fishing, and hiking. He had many friends in Minnesota and Colorado, and thoroughly loved spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his parents, Donald and Victoria Kukowski of Chaska, Kathleen Hennessy and Bob Rehbein of Cologne; brother and sister-in-law, Kyle and Jeni of Wichita, Kan.; stepsister and stepbrother, Teresa (Jason) Karsten of New Brighton, Nathan (Stacy) Stuhaug of Fertile; nephews and nieces, Weston, Hudson J.J., Ryan, Michael, Tyler, Tysen, Cale, and Mya (his goddaughter); grandparents, August and Orphie Kukowski of Stockton, Bernard and Mary Hennessy of Lewiston; best friend, Andrew Hipps of Eden Prairie; many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the family. Justin was preceded in death by, grandmothers Rose Hennessy, Beverly Hennessy, and nephew Jaden Karsten. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.
If you would like to briefly share how Justin influenced you in your life, you will have the opportunity to do so at the funeral.