New Central High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota - 1913

Central High School

New Central High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota - 1913


Daniel D. Wozniak

Wozniak Daniel D. Wozniak "We have all the time in heaven to rest, now let's work." Born August 26, 1922 in Silver Lake, MN. He attended Central High School in Minneapolis and St. Thomas University. He joined the Navy in 1943 and became a fighter pilot. At the end of the war, he returned to Minnesota where he studied Law at the University of Minnesota and earned his Law Degree. He ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1948 and was elected in 1950, where he served for 16 years. He was the liberal majority leader for many of those years. As Chairman of the Tax Committee he was a major force in tax re-formation and introduced legislation in 1955 that eventually became the voucher system for Minnesota schools. He authored and passed many significant bills that made the quality of life better for Minnesotans among those, laws regarding billboards along our highways, and recognizing and helping the disadvantaged of our state. He retired in 1965 as he accepted ambassadorship from then President Lyndon Johnson. He fulfilled his tour of duty with the State Department by serving as an Ambassador Select to Equador. He left the diplomatic service in 1969. While serving in Equador he met a young Jesuit priest, Father John Halligan, who ran a working Center for the numerous shoe shine boys and their families. The Judge took their cause to heart and eventually became the President of the Working Boys Foundation which serves more than 3 million boys and their families in Equador. The Judge committed himself to the work of God as he was devoted to the Catholic Church and the cause of sanctity and dignity of life. He was one of the co-founders of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) and Catholics for Community Action (CCA) and Prolife Minnesota as well as many national committees. He devoted his time and resources to safeguarding the sanctity of life and the recognition of life at conception. He also was the advisor and proponent on issues of legislation to support this belief. He took to heart and action Mother Teresa's words, "We have all the time in heaven to rest, now let's work." In 1982 he was appointed as one of the first members to the newly established Court of Appeals by then Governor Rudy Perpich. In 1984 he became the Chief Judge of Minnesota Court of Appeals and served until his retirement in 1992 at the age of 70. After his retirement he once again gave his talents to Catholic Charities Board, the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul the newly formed parochial schools of the archdiocese and the Justice Committee. He dedicated himself and his talent once again to the protection of human life by assisting in many pro-life causes. He was instrumental in many legislative contests and served as a political advisor on many state and national campaigns. He is the recipient of over 100 awards for community service. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna Wozniak; his beloved wife Angela; and his granddaughter Angela Victoria. He is survived by his sister Delores Skweres; his children, Angela Wozniak, Victoria Morris (David), Daniel D. Wozniak, Jr. (Mary) and George Wozniak (Mary Ann); and 11 grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Saturday at Nativity Of Our Lord Catholic Church, 324 S. Prior Ave at Stanford, St. Paul. Visitation 4-8 PM Friday, O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul (651- 698-0796). Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

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