Deacon Greg Woznick | December 5, 1928 - September 6, 2020
Born to Ukranian immigrant parents in Wilton North Dakota, where his father worked as a coal miner, Greg Woznick grew into a medal winning track athlete and a college basketball player at Minot State. He fell deeply in love with Mereece Mock, they married and in time had four children Cindy, Bear, Dawn and Tammy and 38 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He became a state champion basketball coach of his native state before moving on to be a school principal and then superintendent of a large school district in the Monterey Bay area of California. As a coach, his many championship teams gave early indication of his ability to move others to high achievement.
Greg left that career to establish a successful business as a personal and professional development trainer. He later moved to Texas to become vice president of Success Motivation Institute. In time, Greg built a north woods home on a lake in Minnesota and then later built a beautiful mountain home on the border of Glacier Park in Montana. He gave annual conferences in Hawaii and the draw became so strong that they eventually moved there for several years.
He travelled 150,000 miles a year speaking to large audiences and working one on one with presidents of small businesses. He held semi-annual âpresident retreatsâ in his remote home. His book âTo Climb the Highest Mountainâ still available at Amazon provides a roadmap for a life of achievement and virtue.
He is remembered as an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman and also known for one particular encounter that he had with a Mama Bear and her cubs.
Greg and his wife Mereece went through Deaconate formation together and he was eventually ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church where he became known for his powerful homilies. He served as a Deacon in the Duluth Diocese and then the Islands of Molokai and Maui. Though he expressed his love for Jesus and his family with every breath he breathed, Greg is most well-known for his tremendous love for his bride of sixty one years with whom he served the Lord and with whom he is now with in Heaven.
Obituary as printed in Monticello Times and Longville Pine Cone Press
Rev. Deacon Gregory Woznick transcended on September 6, 2020 at the age of 91 years. Preceded in death by wife Mereece; son-in-law Scott Reinke; parents Steven & Mary Woznick and seven brothers & sisters. Survived by children Cynthia Hamond (Bruce), Bear Woznick (Cindy), Dawn Maloney and Tammy Reinke-Archambault (Robert Archambault); 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; brother Larry Woznick and many nieces & nephews. Gregory served as a Deacon to St. Henryâs Catholic Church, Monticello, St. Edwardâs Catholic Church in Longville and Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Maui, Hawaii. Cards and memorials to Mueller Memorial, 4738 Bald Eagle Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.