Michael Ward Kierski

Michael Ward Kierski

Michael Ward Kierski, age 59, tragically passed away after a bicycle accident in Troy Township on June 20, 2022. He was born in Bloomington, MN on Nov. 9, 1962 to the late Ward and Sharon (Wright) Kierski. His family later moved to Bolingbrook, IL where Michael graduated high school in 1980. Michael attended and earned his Bachelors in Environmental Science from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona and went on to earn his PhD in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Minnesota. Michael and Patricia “Patty” LaPorte met while attending school at Saint Mary’s and were married on Sept. 5, 1987 before making their home in Troy Township where they have lived for over 30 years.

Michael was a steward of the outdoors and worked as an environmental consultant for over 30 years, spending the last 15 years with Exponent before entering partial retirement in November. His love of the outdoors and care for his community was evident as he served as the Treasurer for both the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council and the Midwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He was a troop leader in the Girl Scouts and den leader in the Boy Scouts when his children were young. He enjoyed canoeing and camping and built his own canoes. He always looked forward to his wilderness trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and annual trips to Ely, MN with his family. He was an avid bicyclist and loved cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. When not enjoying the outdoors he enjoyed craft beers including during weekly visits to the Vintage Brewing Co. in Sauk City with his wife, Patty, and often visited local breweries wherever they traveled.

Michael leaves behind his wife, Patty; 4 children, Rebecca Kierski, Katharine (Nolan) Kierski Lendved, Michael A. Kierski, and Benjamin Kierski; 2 brothers, Robert (Angela) and David (Rita) Kierski; and is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at a later date. A memorial will be established in his name.

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