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Dale R. Pudlitzke

Dale R. Pudlitzke, age 78, of Belle Plaine, Minn., formerly of Cokato and Howard Lake, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.

He was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Cokato, the son of Reuben and Gladys (Henneman) Pudlitzke.

Dale grew up in Howard Lake.

He was drafted into the Army in 1951.

Dale married Beatrice Wolf Sept. 13, 1954, in Mott, N.D.

He played amateur baseball until the age of 40, and pitched in the Amateur World Series in Battle Creek, Mich., where two professional teams, the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics, took an interest in him. Dale was an avid sports fan to the end.

After graduating from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. in 1959, with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education, Dale taught and coached in Waubay and South Shore, S.D., and Ruthton and Belle Plaine, Minn.

He also owned and operated Mr. Pud’s Café in Belle Plaine.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beatrice; brothers-in-law Larry Wolf and Bud Bogner; and sisters-in-law Caroline and Gail Pudlitzke.

He is survived by his children, Mark (Julie) Pudlitzke of Belle Plaine, Paul Pudlitzke of Minnetonka, and Joy (Todd) Hopkins of Prior Lake; five grandchildren, Matt, Scott and Allison Pudlitzke, and Mitchell and Collin Hopkins; two brothers, Gay (Barb) Pudlitzke and Glen Pudlitzke; three sisters-in-law, Adeline Bogner, Claudia (Jim) Bosch, and Barb Wolf; a brother-in-law, Roger (Bonnie) Wolf; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. Interment was in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine.

Visitation took place Thursday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine, and continued Friday from 8 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.