Brian Fenske, 56 year old resident of Little Falls, MN, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, June 5. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, June 10 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, MN with Father Joseph Herzing officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 9 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at the Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls and from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of the service on Friday at the church.
Brian Allen Fenske was born March 24, 1960 in Little Falls, MN to the late Rueben and Etta (Dockendorf) Fenske. He attended school in Randall and Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls Community High School with the class of 1978. He was united in marriage to Michelle Mary Zimmerman on May 1, 1982 at St. James Catholic Church in Randall, MN. The couple made their home in Houston, Texas for six years, where Brian earned his Master Craftsman at Fuller Woodworking in Houston, Texas. The couple then moved to the Twin Cities where they adopted their daughter and resided until 1994. Brian and Michelle moved to Darling Township, Morrison County, Minnesota, where they adopted their son and Brian owned and operated Fenske Woodworking. Brian was a very talented woodworker and many of his creations can be found throughout Morrison County in the local parishes, business, and the homes of many friends and clients. Brian enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, canning, gardening, spending time and drinking Bud Light with friends and family, four-wheeling, watching movies, agate picking, and being close to nature. He often volunteered at the Randall VFW on various projects.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Michelle Fenske of Little Falls, MN; daughter, Danielle Fenske of Wausau, WI; son, Trevor Fenske of Little Falls, MN; brothers, Steve (Dani) Fenske of Conroe, TX; Dan (Connie) Fenske of Little Falls, MN; sister, Linda (Jeff) Kulus of Little Falls, MN; sisters-in-law, Cindy (Scott) Parish of Riverton, WY; Laureen (Scott) Fenske of Buffalo, MN; Mary (Greg) Shahade of Sandy Springs, GA; goddaughter and niece Michelle Lenarz, godson and nephew Billy Fenske, nieces Shannon Parish, Amanda Parish, and Alexis Fenske; and nephews Chad Fenske, Corey Fenske, and Jack Stavish. He is also survived by his pal Tucker, the family dog.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rueben and Etta Fenske; father-in-law, Orel Zimmerman; godson and nephew Zachary Parish, and a niece, Kasey Stavish.