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Albert Kadlec, (Al Pops), age 90, of Waverly, passed away peacefully on June 21 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
Al was born October 1, 1913 to Adolph and Mary (Dvorak) Kadlec in Minnetonka. He was raised in Hopkins and attended St. Joseph Catholic School. On June 5, 1942 he married Helen Conley at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis.
Over the years he worked at the New Brighton Arsenal, Toro Manufacturing Company, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Glen Lake and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and active in Boy Scouts. Al was a history buff and an avid Vikings fan. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, taking long drives in his car, visits with his very large family, and ice cream, especially homemade.
He was known for his quick wit, ready laughter, and his gentle, loving spirit. When asked his advice on raising children, he replied. “Have happy children and teach them right from wrong.”
Al was preceded in death in 1983 by Helen, his beloved wife of 40 years, and in 1946 by his infant daughter, Mary; also his parents Adolph and Mary, brothers Hank and Bob, and sister Alice.
He is survived by eight sons and four daughters: Mike Kadlec (and fiance, Debbie McDermaid) of New Germany; Pat Kadlec (Linda Wood) of Mora; Mary Helen (Steve) Gerteisen of Evansville, IN; Tom (Jane) Kadlec of Rochester; Gracemary (Brad) Westling of Cokato; Bill Kadlec of Howard Lake; Ed Kadlec of Minneapolis; Dave Kadlec of Howard Lake; Joe (Nancy) Kadlec of Waverly; Rosie (Tom) Rathmanner of Howard Lake; John (Darlene) Kadlec of Howard Lake; Mary Beth Decker of Waverly, 24 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Al is further survived by two brothers and two sisters: John Kadlec, Don Kadlec, Betty Hendrickson, and Vi Tweed all of Hopkins, and a sister-in-law, Sister Micheas Conley of Sinsinawa, WI, and brother-in-law Rev. Wayne Conley, O.P. of New Orleans, LA.
The Mass of Christian Burial took place on Thursday, June 24, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Joe Kivel officiating. Interment was as at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly. Al’s grandsons served as casket bearers.