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of Albertville, MN

December 24, 1956 – October 16, 2023


Tuesday, October 24, 2023

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN

Celebration of Life

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

3:00 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN

Daniel John Mroczkowski has passed on the evening of October 16, 2023.

He is a survived by his wife, Donna, his daughter and son in law Jamie and Erick, son and daughter in law Joe and Steph.  He will be forever adored by his four granddaughters, Layla, Kylie, Gwendolyn and Vivienne. He was a fun uncle to his nieces and nephews Michelle, Brandon, Brittany, Andrew and Amelia.

Dan lived a huge life and will continue to be unforgettable to everyone who met him. He was born December 24, 1956 and grew up in Highland, Indiana raised by his mother and father, (deceased) Helen and John (JAM) and his late older brother John and surviving twin brother David and sister in law Judy.

Dan attended Purdue University, making lifelong friends, joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and obtained his degree in industrial management.  His career as a pharmaceutical manager moved him all around the US—he visited 49 states in his lifetime.  Dan married his wife Donna on March 2, 1985 in Illinois and welcomed their daughter Jamie in 1987.  They moved to New Hampshire and welcomed their son Joe in 1990. The family then moved to Kansas for a few years before settling in Minnesota in 1994.  Dan’s most recent job was working with Sherwin Williams in Brooklyn Park.  He enjoyed the comradery working there and shared many stories about time on the job with his son in law, Erick, who also is a long term Sherwin Williams employee.

Dan had friends all over and had so many different hobbies and interests that he was an expert in.  He was a lover of good food and drinks—he had great taste!  He was an excellent hunter and fisherman that enjoyed his time spent at the cabin in Blackduck, MN.  Dan was a lover of animals, and animals—especially dogs—loved him.  He had several beloved dogs in his life: Melon, Stashu, Boomer, Thunder and his current Lab, Wrigley (named after the 2016 World Series Winning Chicago Cubs—that happened!)  In addition to his own dogs he was a wonderful dog Grampa and Fakey Grampa to all the foster dogs he was around.  Dan was a lover of all things outdoors.  Some events he looked forward to every year was Deer Camp in Maine every November and attending Beef-a-Rama festivities in Minocqua, Wisconsin with wonderful family and friends each September.

In all things he did, Dan was surrounded by friends. If he was in the room you were sure to have a good time.  We keep him in our hearts and minds and all plan to have a beer for him from time to time.

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joanne Palmer

    Donna & Family
    Heartfelt prayers sympathy and love as you navigate the loss of Dan in our world. There are no words to express the profound loss of Dan. He was a great manager friend and Dog whisperer. He and I shared the title of region rat though we never met at Purdue we were there the same years. He always spoke of his love of you and the kids and had such kindness and wisdom to share. I am forever grateful to have known him. Love thought prayer to all of you may your memories sustain you all. Joanne.& Denny Palmer

  2. Brad Burdick

    Donna and family,
    I was so saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. Though I haven’t seen him much in recent years, we always had a great time over the years, laughing and enjoying life. The obituary was so well written and truly represented the man that he was. I pray for you and your family during this difficult time. Dan will surely be missed by so many people. May you rest in peace, Dan.


    I am greatly saddened by the loss of my friend, your husband, and grandfather Daniel. Or as I remember him from College and afterwards (Moe). I first met
    Moe in 1976 which was his freshman year at Purdue. My roommate Chad Smith and I were transfer Juniors from other colleges to Purdue. The first week of school Moe walked into our dorm room and introduced himself as “Dan” from “da Region.” Then he said he was a freshman and we immediately told him to get the hell out.

    But he persisted and we soon became great friends. Shortly after that Mike Barrack came into our group, and then Dave Crist and we became official “9-Graders.” I am Sure you will hear numerous stories from college. After college Moe and Donna were married and I attended their wedding. I got to meet the love of his life, and it was easy to see why Moe and Donna were so in love. Several years afterwards Moe and Mike came to my wedding in Cleveland. I really appreciated both of their making the effort. It meant a lot to me.

    Because that’s what made Moe such a great friend he always made the effort to reach out to all his fiends in special ways. In 2010 I got divorced and felt pretty much alone. I had lost a lot of friends due to the separation. Then Moe called and asked how I was doing. I hadn’t heard from him in 23 years. I was exactly what I needed. A good long laugh which he promptly provided.

    Then we got hooked into this text messaging thread which was also very helpful for me. I am forever grateful to Dan, and I am so happy he persisted in becoming, and staying my friend.

    Love you Bro’!
    Forever 9-Graders!

  4. Bob & Tam Rucoba

    Moe. God broke the mold when He made you brother. You always had a way to provide a funny insightful comment to any situation. Your smile and personality will be missed by all. Please put in a good word with the Big Man for Da 9 Grade Boyz. I hope you are having a grand reunion with your dogs in Heaven. Until we meet again, here’s to you brother!

  5. Roxy

    What sadness for your family of Daniel’s passing. No words truly express our sorrow for you. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. Kathleen O'Callaghan

    Donna and family
    You have given a wonderful tribute to Dan. A life well lived, full of love, fun and adventure.
    To you and your family and friends, I am truly sorry for your loss.

  7. Richard Nordstrom

    I am so saddened to hear of your loss of Dan. I don’t spend much time on Facebook anymore but when I am on, I always appreciate getting one of your family updates. So I feel like we’ve been in touch even though I haven’t been in contact with Dan for many years as our careers moved in different directions and parts of the country. But he was never far from my thoughts. In fact, Andie and I were just talking about you guys yesterday when Purdue got beat.
    He was a big influence on my early career at Merrill Dow in the Chicago Metro sales group. I took over his territory in Joliet so we spent a lot of time together. We soon found out we both liked a good martini and steak dinner and that was the beginning of many epic adventures over the next several years traveling, eating, golfing and most of all a lot of laughing.
    He was a bigger than life, smart as heck, kind hearted man who loved his friends and family.
    I can’t imagine the hole this creates with your family but it sounds like you are surrounded by love and will celebrate the many relationships Dan had from far and wide and the many fantastic memories.
    I offer you my sincere condolences for your loss and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.


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