Dr. Ernest Joseph Sowada, 97
Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 1, 2011
He was preceded
in death by his parents, Valentine and Rose Sowada, 11 siblings, and son,
He is survived by former spouse, Dr. Dorothea P. Sowada, sons, Ernie (Judy),
Jeff (Ronda), John (Diana); daughters, Elizabeth Linner (Robert) and Mary
Lapham (Scott); 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and sister, Lorraine
Born in Holdingford, MN, he attended St. John's University and distinguished
himself as a pitching great, capping his Johnny career when he defeated
the U of M Gophers 5 -3 in the 1937 season. He went on to graduate from
St. John's in 1939, and then graduated from the University of MN with
a Masters Degree in Chemistry in 1941. During this time he pitched for
the Minneapolis Millers until the outbreak of World War II.
He attended Naval Officer's Candidate School and served in the US Navy
from January 1942 as Chief Engineering Officer aboard the destroyer USS
Jouett and then as Chief Engineering Officer, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet
until his discharge in 1946.
"Lefty Sowada" pitched Minor League baseball in Lake City and
Willmar before and while he attended the University of Minnesota Medical
School from 1946 until his graduation in 1950. Dr. Sowada delivered over
3,000 babies as a Physician and Surgeon during his 35 years in Family
Practice on the east side of St. Paul. He was certified in 1979 as a Diplomate
by the American Board of Family Practice.
He loved the family cabin on Upper Red Lake, MN, and was an avid fisherman
and hunter. In his retirement he wrote and published a memoir, Freedom
Funeral service 7 PM Monday, May 2 at BRADSHAW, 4600 Greenhaven Drive
at Highway 96 (one mile west of 35E), White Bear with visitation two hours
prior to the service.
Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred
to the Dorothy Day Center, St. Paul, MN and the National Alliance For