Anthony “Tony” Francis Conzemius , 86, of Breckenridge, MN, went to his heavenly home while surrounded by his family, on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, December 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Breckenridge, with Father Joseph Backowski celebrating the Mass. There will be a visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, December 12, with a prayer service at 6:30 PM, at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge; continuing on Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:15. The interment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
Tony was born on a farm near Breckenridge, on November 10, 1931, to Carl and Elizabeth (Schneider) Conzemius. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through eighth grade, and graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1949. He entered in the United States Army in February of 1954 and was discharged in 1956. On October 24th of that same year, Tony married the love of his life, Margaret Wilson, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Brushvale, MN, and they enjoyed 61 wonderful years together.
From 1956 until 1990, Tony and Margaret farmed north of Breckenridge. Following his retirement from farming, he focused on another passion of his, woodworking. He fashioned numerous pieces of furniture that were enjoyed by many of his family and friends. Tony loved to travel and went on several over-sea pilgrimages. He was an avid card player and a skilled member of the local Whist Club for over 35 years, and brought the love of cards with him when he transitioned to Assisted Living. He was a lifelong devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Tony’s legacy was his kind and gentle spirit. He was honest to the core, had a terrific sense of humor, and never repeated anything that could be conceived as gossip. He lived his life with an unfailing love for God and family.
Tony will be greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Margaret; his seven children, Carmen (Steven) Paquin of Breckenridge, and their children, Christina (Brent) Morin and Tiffany (Russell) Ash; Donavon (Sue) Conzemius of Breckenridge, and their children, Amanda, James, Kevin, and Kurtis; Ronald (Mary) Conzemius of Breckenridge and their children, James (Destiny) Conzemius, Kari (Drew) Cvancara, Jason (Samantha) Conzemius, Matthew (Alyssa) Conzemius, and Jared Conzemius; Roger (Diane) Conzemius of Ames, Iowa, and their children, Adam Conzemius, Amber (Havier) Puente, and Jordan Conzemius, Alan Conzemius of Farmington, MN, Connie Conzemius of Fargo, ND, and Michael Conzemius of Breckenridge, and his children, Savanna and Jakob; 7 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Florence (Kenneth) Petersen, Delores (Richard) McClernon, Joanne (Vernon) Althoff, and Lucille Krump; two sisters-in-law, Karen (John) Carpenter and Joanne Wilson; and many nieces and nephews.
Tony is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Elizabeth; two brothers, Francis and Charles; three sisters, Irene, Mary, and Theresa; one grandson, Joseph Conzemius; and one great-granddaughter, Gracie Cvancara.