Emil Bruzek, 86Emil Paul Bruzek, 86, Alexandria, died Saturday, September 26, 2009.
Emil Paul Bruzek, 86, Alexandria, died Saturday, September 26, 2009.
Emil was born in Alexandria on May 26, 1923. He grew up on the family farm in Forada, where as a child he loved to fish and roam the countryside with his beloved dog. He attended country school but he was a self-educated man. Asthma kept him out of World War II, a fact that always bothered him.
Emil was united in marriage to Katherine Walsh on August 18, 1947 at St. Mary’s in Alexandria. Shortly after that, Emil and Katherine followed the Oregon Trail to Eugene, where they lived for a year. Following this adventure, they returned to Alexandria where he began his life-long career as a master carpenter. For 35 years, he custom-built and remodeled hundreds of homes in the metro area. After “retiring,” he continued with woodworking projects (he always had a project), stained glass, wood carvings, furniture building and taxidermy. As a gardener, he took great pride in planting trees wherever he and Katherine lived.
In the 1950s, Emil became acquainted with the second love of his life: the golf course. Many of his dearest friends were met and made on the fairway. He enjoyed nothing more than a hot, humid day playing golf with family and friends. Our biggest regret is that he never knew the thrill of a hole-in-one. Emil believed a man could never have too many tools or too many putters!
Emil was preceded in death by his brother, Paul; and his sister. Camilla Sylvester.
He is survived by his wife. Katherine; children, Linda, Larry (Reba); grandsons. Pete (Lindsey), Tedd, Casey, Stuart; and many loving friends and family.
Mass of Christian Burial was held September 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Fr. Steve Binsfeld officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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