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Joseph Richard Dostal, Jr.

Joseph Richard Dostal, Jr., age 78 of Winsted, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

He was born June 24, 1927, the only child of Joseph B. Dostal Sr. and Bessie Vlcek Dostal, on the family farm in Hale Township, McLeod County. Joe was baptized shortly after birth, and made his first communion and confirmation in the Catholic church.

He attended the Bear Lake School, and graduated from the eighth grade. As a youth, in the summer, he helped on the farms of his uncles Matt and George with various farm and field work.

When he dated his girlfriend, Darlene Elizabeth Mazal, he took her out in the 1937 Chevrolet, which his mother bought with “goose money.” They still own that car, to this day.

Joe and Darlene were married at St. George Catholic Church in Glencoe June 7, 1949 by Father Albert Slechta. They made their home on a 70-acre farm in Hale Township, where they raised their three children, Duane, Diane, and Randall.

On the farm, Joe raised dairy cows and pigs and did field work. He was a hard worker, and he taught his children similar work ethics.

In addition to farming, Joe was also a truck driver for Glencoe Butter and Produce.

Joe liked music, playing the piano accordion, dancing, and playing card games with his children and friends. He collected International toy tractors and pencils, and he and Darlene would occasionally go to a threshing or toy show.

Joe was serious, but he liked to have fun. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed teasing and having fun with them.

Joe moved to St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted Jan. 30, 2006.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Sr. and Bessie Dostal; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Ardolf; brothers-in-law Gene Ardolf and Tom Lewandowski, and a grandson, Johnny Dostal.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Darlene; and children Duane (Diane) Dostal of Silver Lake, Diane (Ken) Binder of Alta Loma, Calif., and Randy Dostal and his former wife, Denise.

Joe is further survived by grandchildren, Karla, Karmen, Troy, Ryan, Joshua, Christopher, Amber, Nicole and Matthew; Randy’s partner, Ron Hoyt; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Margaret Lewandowski; and nieces and nephew Julie, Steven, Judy, Janice, and Sandra.

A memorial prayer service took place at Maresh Funeral Home Sunday, March 26, led by Father Bob Mraz and Pastor Tom Starkjohn. Burial of the urn will take place at the Dostal family plot at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Silver Lake.

Arrangements were by the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

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