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Alvin T. Mucha, 84

Alvin Thomas Mucha, age 84, of Howard Lake, died Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Waconia.

He was born March 7, 1925, on the family farm in Rice County, near Montgomery, MN. He had an older brother, Emil Mucha, and there were four younger half-brothers, Frankie, Arnie, Milo, and Richard Studnicka. Alvin lost his father at a very young age.

He served in the US Army during World War II, stationed in the Philippines.

While in the service, Alvin started a correspondence with Sylvia Jelinek of New Prague. They were married April 10, 1948, when Alvin returned home from the service.

Alvin and Sylvia were blessed with 58 years of marriage, and two daughters, Adeline (Addie) Mucha of Howard Lake, and Monica (Alan) Kortz of LeSueur. Alvin was always very proud of his girls.

Alvin worked for Westerman Lumber Company in Montgomery for 38 years, first as a trucker and later, as manager of the concrete plant.

He retired in 1985, and loved to spend time in the garden and working on his craft projects. Alvin and Sylvia entered their craft projects at several of the local county fairs and received many ribbons through the years.

Alvin and Sylvia moved to Howard Lake in 2005, when they both developed health problems. They loved Howard Lake, and loved going for daily coffee.

Alvin was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia, in 2006; his parents; and brothers Emil and Frankie.

The funeral service was Tuesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake with Father Tim Cloutier officiating. Music was provided by Mae Wannarka and St. Mary’s choir. Interment was at Howard Lake City Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Becky Freid, John Mucha, Arnie Zahratka, John Edmonds, Tom Jeffries, Dick Sonstegard, Jeff Granrud, and Angie Granrud.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.