The world lost a loyal and hard-working man today. Martyn J. Bialke was loyal to his beloved hometown, his family and his work. Born August 3, 1937, Marty was deeply proud of his roots in Badger, MN. With great affection, he referred to the tiny town of Badger as ‘God’s Country’. Growing up on the farm with his big sister, Joyce, was the highlight of his childhood. When the time came to move to town for high school, Marty was a loyal big brother to Phyllis as he tore up life in high school with hockey, basketball, drama and track.
Taking the train to Minneapolis after high school graduation, Marty enrolled in the Humbolt Institute and met the love of his life, Virginia, while living on Blaisdell Avenue. Marty dazzled Virginia with his driving skills in his ’56 Oldsmobile, Stumphumper II. Marty was one of the hottest drivers on the drag strip in Coon Rapids and no one could quite figure out how his car was so much faster. Marty and Ginny were married in June of 1961 and sped off in their honeymoon in that infamous car.
Napco International was Marty’s home away from home. Marty worked in many roles at Napco in a dedicated career that spanned almost forty-seven years and took him around the globe in business travels as the Director of Quality Control.
As an awesome dad, Marty taught Lisa and Noel how to work hard and play hard. From snow blowing driveways to a thriving lawn mowing business, Marty worked side by side with Lisa and Noel to put money in their pockets. As for playing hard, there was always snowmobiling, deer hunting trips and rides in the ’63 Chevy, ‘70 Monte Carlo, ’69 Mustang, ’70 Camaro, ’67 Corvette, ’73 Corvette and ’78 Sunbird.
Marty’s most beloved role was that of Grandpa. Marissa, Joni, Hunter, John and Anne were the recipients of Grandpa’s love and antics. From playing Santa Claus to making peanut butter toast for the kids while watching Smokey and the Bandit, Marty knew how to connect with the grandkids. The best connection was the infamous bear trap that brought squeals of delight and only stopped when the kids wore him out.
On August 21, 2020, Marty went home to his Heavenly Father. Marty fought Lewy Body Dementia for over eleven years. Virginia faithfully cared for Marty every minute of those eleven years with steadfast patience and devotion.
Marty with his humor, his love of family and his deep loyalty will be greatly missed.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 28, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church 7025 Halifax Ave North, Brooklyn Center with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery 19921 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove.
The service will be streamed live via St. Alphonsus Catholic Church Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/St.AlphonsusMN
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