Francis Svoboda, 91

Francis T. Svoboda, 91, of New Prague, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.

Born October 7, 1918, in Cedar Lake Town-ship, Scott County, Francis was the son of Frank J. and Christina (Tuma) Svoboda. He was born and raised in Cedar Lake Township and attended Scott County District School at St. Catherine.

His marriage to Martha M. Horejsi took place on October 5, 1943, in Veseli. He was a crop and dairy farmer in Cedar Lake Township until 1992, when he and Martha retired and moved to New Prague.

He served on the board of directors of the Webster Creamery and was a member of the Faribault Eagles and the New Market Sportsmen's Club. He enjoyed trapping and fishing.

Survivors include sons Glenn F. (and Edie) Svoboda of Prior Lake and Kenneth T. (and Connie) Svoboda of Elko; three sisters, Julia (and Raymond) Zweber of New Prague, Marion Simon of New Prague and Evelyn (and Lloyd) Ambroz of New Prague; five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, on March 3, 2004; his parents, Frank and Christina Svoboda; and a brother, Edwin.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, with Father Kevin Clinton officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, and from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday before the funeral at Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague.

Pallbearers include Tom Schneider, John Devlin, Craig Svoboda, Jeff Svoboda, Chris Svoboda and Francis Nickolay.

Honorary casket bearers are Kyle Svoboda, Brandon Svoboda, Brenda Schneider, Kimberly Devlin, Nicole Svoboda, Emily Schneider, Erin Schneider, Joseph Devlin, Benjamin Devlin, Matthew Devlin, Jonathan Devlin, Katerina Svoboda, Michaela Svoboda, Madeline Svoboda, Lindsey Svoboda, Carter Svoboda and Logan Svoboda.

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