In Memory of Robert Niznik

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday October 4, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home Hudson
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Prayer Service

7:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Friday October 4, 2019
O'Connell Family Funeral Home Hudson
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

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Robert William Niznik, age 37 of North Hudson died suddenly while driving truck in the Twin Cities. Robert was born on February 17, 1982, in Minneapolis; the son of Robert Gehrke and Mary Niznik. He was raised in North Minneapolis where he attended school prior to graduating from Mounds View. On October 7, 2017, he was united in marriage to his best friend Katie Ryan. Together, they have made North Hudson their home. Most recently, Robert has been driving truck for Valdes Lawn Care and Landscape in Lake Elmo, which he was very proud to work for.

Robert loved the outdoors. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing for anything that would bite. He was so excited this year as he caught his first musky! He took great pleasure in taking ATV rides on the trails, target practice in the woods with his favorite guns, and looking forward to deer hunting in the fall with his father-in-law. He loved the challenge of a grill-off, as he made a killer BBQ sauce and could smoke anything to perfection.  Earlier in life, he was always up for a wild ride on his Harley.

Robert will remain in the hearts of his wife Katie; his mother Mary Niznik; sister Julia Gehrke and her son Thomas; mother-in-law Pamela and father-in-law James Dunwald; brothers/sisters-in-law Scott (Tammy) Dati, Sharon (Jason) Hamburg, Matt Ryan; nieces and nephews Morgan, Max, Bryanna, Dean, Avery, and Cole. His grandparents Thomas and June Niznik preceded him in death.

A gathering of family and friends to remember Robert Niznik will be Friday, October 4thfrom 4pm to 7pm with a prayer service at 7pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home; 520 So. 11th Street in Hudson. Burial will be private. 

Robert's Tribute Wall

Tributes (5):

    • I knew Rob for only a short time however he was a great guy and fantastic person. I wish all of his family and friends the warmest of wishes and I will say a prayer for him tonight. I know this is a bit late but I just found out today.

    • My heart is so saddened CJ (Caidon Luehring) for the loss of your Dad/Robert. I wish that I could be with you during this time of loss…Please know I hold you close in my heart no matter what the distance CJ! I will come see you soon. Your Auntie Loves you so much!
      My deepest condolences to Roberts family and friends during this very difficult time. My prayers go out to all of you.
      Dawn Grife

    • Always excited on vacay. First one to get fire going. I remember our first trip to Cass Lake. I don’t think I ever saw Rob without a smile on his face.
      He got hooked quick on the Musky hunt too. Heart of gold. Touched my niece’s heart and soul forever. A part of all of us forever.
      Peace to all of Rob’s family and friends. Amen.

    • So sorry to hear this sad news, my condolences go out his wife Katie, and his mother my dear cousin Mary Niznik, and his sister Julia. My prayers are with you all.

    • We can’t even begin to express how deeply sorry we were to hear of Robert’s passing. Mary, our families have known each other for 60+ years and and our hope is that the dear memories you have of Robert somehow bring peace and strength to each of you. Sending all of you lots of love and comfort.
      Love, Molly, Tom, Jennifer & Joshua Bullock