Back Home in Browerville
In these photos you can see Joe in his home and studio in Browerville in the 1980s. Many of the photos on the wall are now on display at American Heritage National Bank in Browerville. The sketch is of the last project that he was working on. The Christ the King parish council had asked him to make a Christ the King statue. Joe’s small model of that sculpture is now in the entryway of the church.
Fr. John Gudzeck
Joe made this sculpture while he was retired. Fr. John Gudzeck was the parish priest that helped Joe make connections in Minneapolis. He was born in Wadowice Poland in 1876 in died in 1933. He was the parish priest in Browerville for twenty-seven years and oversaw the construction of St. Joseph’s church (now Christ the King) which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
American Numismatic Association
In 1981, a year after he returned to Browerville to retire, Joe was awarded The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Award for American Excellence In Medallic Sculpture.
The medal representing the award is made from bronze and depicts a woman kneeling. She is wrapped in a clothwith a circular winged Pegasus horse medal in her left hand and a smaller, unidentifiable, medal in her right hand.