Andrew J. Cardinal Sr., age 92, of Centerville, Minnesota passed away peacefully, Thursday, April 4, 2019. Andy was a lifelong parishioner at St. Genevieve Catholic Church, Centerville, Minnesota. He was a proud Army Veteran of World War II.
Andy was an active member of the community. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Rice Creek Watershed for 35 years. He spent a number of years as a member of the Lino Lakes City Council.
Andy was a long-term Trustee for the Church of St. Genevieve. He was a co-chair of the Parish Festival Committee for more than 20 years. He also called Bingo until retiring at the age of 90.
Andy loved operating heavy equipment, and worked in that profession for more than 30 years.
Andy and his wife Stella were award-winning hog roasters. He built one roaster, and the next thing we knew, three roasters were parked at the farm. They travelled far and wide for over 20 years roasting hogs across the country for family, friends and corporate events.
Andy and Stella were Grand Marshalls in parades for both Lino Lakes and Centerville.
Above all else, Andy was a true farmer at heart. Even in the last few weeks, he was looking forward to Spring and getting outside to help with the fieldwork.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dolphus and Anna (Frischmon) Cardinal ; wife, Stella of 65 years; 2 sisters and 3 brothers. He is survived by his children, Ann (Jerry) Nikolai, Mary Benkler, Greg (Mary) Cardinal, Jim (Lyn) Cardinal, Kaye (Kelly) McKee, Butch (Kristine) Cardinal; Grandchildren, Heather (Parker) Will, Jonelle (Matt) Behnke, Justin Venzke, Holly (Jon) White, Andrew (Ashley) Venzke, Kyle Benkler, Steve Benkler, Caitlin (Jack) Cardinal, Chloe (John) Cardinal, Jim Cardinal, Samantha Aasmundrud, Alex Aasmundrud, Hunter Cardinal, Logan (Lisa) Cardinal; Great grandchildren, Elia Will, Pierce Will, Emilia Will, Lily Behnke, Marshall Venzke, Stella Venzke, Jace Venzke, Desirae White and Lane White; numerous extended family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2018 at St. Genevieve Catholic Parish Community Center, 6995 Centerville Road, Centerville. The family will greet friends from 9:00 a.m., until the time of Mass at the community center. Interment will be held at a later date in St. Genevieve Catholic Cemetery, Centerville, Minnesota. Memorials may be directed to donor’s choice.