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Thomas James Kuka, Sr.

Thomas James Kuka, Sr., age 71, of Watertown, died accidentally Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002.

Tom, the son of Paul F. and Veronica (Pilgram) Kuka, was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Watertown. Tom was married to Marian Swartzer, and they enjoyed 43 years of marriage.

Tom was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. He belonged to the Delano Knights of Columbus and to the Fourth Degree Nicollet Assembly.

Tom served his country during the Korean conflict, and was a member of the Watertown American Legion. He lived in the Watertown area and worked in construction for 35 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Tom was preceded in death by his son, Thomas, Jr.; parents, Paul and Veronica; brother, Archie; father-in-law, George Swartzer; and brother-in-law, George Swartzer.

He is survived by his wife, Marian; six daughters, Rose and Kevin Menden of Winsted, Rita Kuka of Winsted, Ruth and Rodolfo Castillo of Minneapolis, Diane and Thomas Lueck of Anoka, Kelly Kuka and fiancee Tony Anya of Bloomington, Amy Kuka of Urbana, Ill.; son, Dale and Monica of Delano;

Eleven grandchildren, Racheal, Emily, and Zachary Menden, Ryan, Stephanie, and Timothy Kuka, Krista, Kendra, and Kassandra Lueck, Anicha and Anthony Anya;

Two sisters, Monica and James Neaton, Mary and Donald Speckel; brother, Joseph Kuka; mother-in-law, Susan Swartzer; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kuka;

Brothers and sister-in-law, Walter and Irene Swartzer, Jack and Marguerite Swartzer, Lorraine and Emmett Lynch, Betty and Louie Bury, Joe and Dorothy Swartzer, Luverne and Leo Blackketter, Rosemary Swartzer, Bob and MaryLynn Swartzer, Marvin and Laurie Swartzer, Susan and Ed Windsperger, Gene and Mary Helen Swartzer, Tony and Sandy Swartzer, Ervin and Renee Swartzer, and Peter and Alice Swartzer.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, with the Rev. Frank Wampach and the Rev. James Livingston officiating.

Music was performed by Janet Windsperger, Bill and Mike Windsperger, and the Immaculate Conception Church Choir.

Interment was at the church cemetery.

Steve Gallus, Rick Kuka, Paul Swartzer, Jamie Swartzer, Mike Speckel, Terry Gallus, Tony Blackketter, and Paul Kuka served as pallbearers.

Arrangements were made by the Iten Funeral Home, Watertown.

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