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of St. Michael, MN

July 1, 1955 – February 26, 2024

Visitation

Thursday, February 29, 2024

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.  with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

St.Michael Catholic Church – St. Michael, MN

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, March 1, 2024

11:00 a.m.

Visitation continuing one hour prior to the mass

St. Michael Catholic Church – St. Michael, MN

 * service will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/c/StMichaelCatholicChurchStMichaelMN

Interment

St. Michael Catholic Cemetery – St. Michael, MN

Rick George Petrich, age 68 of St. Michael, MN, passed away peacefully surrounded by family following a brief fight with Cancer on February 26, 2024.

Rick was born on July 1, 1955 to Carol and George Petrich.  He was raised on a farm in Sheldon, North Dakota with his three sisters Deb, Sue, and Kathi. After graduating from Sheldon High School in 1973, he moved to Fargo, ND to attend NDSU where he met the love of his life, Pat. They married in 1975 and were together for 48 wonderful years and had three amazing sons Justin, Christopher, and Jared.

Rick began a 20 year career at Coca-Cola in Moorhead MN and later transferred to Marquette MI, and Rhinelander WI. Rick and Pat have many fond memories of these places and the friends they made during this time. After a successful corporate career, Rick and Pat purchased the local Hardware Hank in St. Michael, MN which they owned and operated for 26 years. Rick was well known in the STMA community for his big smile, huge laugh, and his heart for service. He has a long list of former employees, customers, and colleagues he considered family.

Rick was actively involved in the St. Michael Catholic Church community where he served on the Finance Committee, enjoyed ushering, helping with the annual festival, and member of the Knights of Columbus.

Rick enjoyed a short retirement after selling the store to family in 2021. The only thing he loved more than his store was being a Grandpa to Sydney, George, Freddie, Gracie, and Arlo.  Rick and Pat loved spending as much time as they could with the grandkids and doing all of his favorite things: traveling in the RV, hunting, fishing, going to the Boundary Waters, playing the piano and organ, cooking, baking, and grilling.

Rick is survived by his wife Pat Petrich and his three sons Justin (Mayme), Chris (Rachel) and Jared (Emily) Petrich; Grandchildren Sydney, George, Freddie, Gracie, and Arlo; Sisters Deb (Ken) Laber and Kathi (Steve) Luther; mother-in-law, Della Bellefeuille, brothers and sisters-law: Bob (Ruth) Bellefeuille, Tom (Robin) Bellefeuille, Julie Bellefeuille, Jim (Sherri) Bellefeuille, and Cheryl (Dave) Herrick; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Rick is preceded in death by his parents George and Carol Petrich, father-in-law Warren Bellefeuille, sister and brother-in-law Sue and Roy Luedtke, and nephew Jake Laber.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hanover Food Shelf and Ronald McDonald House.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ken& Judy Knudson & Deloris Compson

    Our deepest sympathy

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  2. Dana Kiesner

    Rick was the most knowledgeable, giving and good natured person. I was a regular at his hardware store for the 20 years I lived in St. Michael. Rick ALWAYS had the solutions to my problems and treated me like family. We were all so blessed to have had him! I always was greeted so kindly by the whole family and looked forward to stopping by to get my issues fixed without stress & get a little visit in. I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Rick and his wonderful wife and family. Sending big hugs to the family. We will miss you Rick!

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  3. Faye Perhus

    I remember Rick having a great smile and personable demeanor; always kind and welcoming.

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  4. Jim Vorderbruggen

    Rick and his faily and employees were wonderful to do business with. I was always greeted at the door and asked what I needed and they would go get it for me vey seldom did I have to go any further in the store. Rick’s attitude was great and it rubbed off on to his employes. Our depest sykpathies. God must be i n need of another hardware manager that he took Rick soon.

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  5. Kelly Hulting

    Hardware Hank was my favorite place to hang out at. We figured out a lot of world problems. 😂Lots of laughs!!!
    R.I.P Rick

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