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Leonard Joseph Kucera

Leonard Joseph Kucera, age 88, of rural Silver Lake, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

He was born March 7, 1918 in Hale Township, McLeod County, the son of Joseph and Agnes Wanous Kucera. Leonard attended rural school at District #69.

He honorably served his country in the US Army Air Corps during World War II.

Leonard J. Kucera and Eleanore A. Yurek were joined in holy marriage June 8, 1948, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with three children.

Leonard and Eleanore engaged in dairy farming for many years, and Leonard lived his entire life on his family’s homestead. He also worked several seasons at Northland Canning in Cokato.

He enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, Legion bingo, watching the Twins play baseball, and he loved his cats and farm animals.

Leonard was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. He was an active Legionnaire for many years, and belonged to American Legion Post 141.

Leonard is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Eleanore A. Kucera; children Kenny Kucera and Gerald (Louanne) Kucera, all of Silver Lake, and Donna (Gregory) Davidson of Winsted; nine grandchildren: Michelle, Derek, and Wade Kucera; Jeremy, Stephen, and Brent (Rachel) Kucera, and Rob, Jonathan, and Jennifer Davidson; a sister, Adeline Smykalski of Hutchinson; brother-in-law Ed Yurek of Silver Lake; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a grandchild.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Concelebrants were the Revs. Robert Mraz and Jeremy Kucera. Alice Nowak was the organist for the Mass. “Here I Am, Lord,” “The Strife Is O’er,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” and “America the Beautiful” were sung as congregational hymns. Interment with military rites followed at Holy Family Cemetery.

Friends called Monday, Sept. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Honorary casket bearers were Michael Yurek and Steven Juncewski.

Casket bearers were Robert Davidson, Jon Davidson, Brent Kucera, Stephen Kucera, Derek Kucera, and Wade Kucera.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.

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