Donovan “Berzi” J. Berzinski


Donovan “Berzi” James Berzinski, 89, of Arcadia, passed away peacefully, March 12, 2022, with his children by his side.

Berzi was born May 4, 1932, to Amy and Edward Berzinski. Arcadia was home to him throughout his life. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1951, and was proud to be part of the 1951 football team that went undefeated and unscored upon. Berzi married Romelle Benning, his prom queen, in 1958. Together, they had two sons and a daughter. Berzi was loved and respected by his family and friends and will be remembered for his outgoing personality, love of family, sense of humor, care and kindness for others, love for his hometown of Arcadia and his ability to tell a great story. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Berzi and his business partner, Romelle, started Berzinski Oil Company and operated the company together for many years. Berzi took pride in running a successful business with integrity and hard work. If a customer called at 3:00 a.m. on a –25 degree night, Berzi would get out of bed to make the heating fuel delivery. He also owned and operated school busses and had a wonderful connection with the kids when he drove.

Berzi is survived by his children: Jim Berzinski of Onalaska, Tom Berzinski of Edina, MN, and Jane Hoesley of Arcadia; son-in-law, Perry Hoesley; daughter-in-law, Laura Berzinski; grandchildren: Hans, Hanna and Ellie Hoesley and Katherine and Matthew Berzinski; and sister Pyllis Wolfe of Arcadia.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Romelle (Benning) Berzinski; parents, Amy and Edward Berzinski; and brother, Willie Berzinski.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Crest North for their excellent care, kindness and friendship. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 18, 2022, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Arcadia, at 11:00 a.m.. Friends and family could call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Church prior to the Mass. A private burial will take place at a later date. To express condolences to his family online, please visit

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