Joseph Kokes, 95

Joseph Vaclav Kokes, 95, of Veseli, died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague.

A son of Joseph and Mary (Cecka) Kokes, Joe was born on September 11, 1913 in Veseli. He grew up on his parent's farm, attended the Veseli School and New Prague High School and was a dairy farmer. Joe married Emma Valesh on November 17, 1938 in Veseli. He enjoyed playing baseball, fishing and farming in the great outdoors. Joe's great-grandparents, Frantisek and Marie (Havel) Kokes, emigrated to Veseli in 1871 from house #6 in the village of Pelejovice in south Bohemia (Czech Republic).

He is survived by his wife; children Joann Hanson, Maple Grove, Warren (Suzanne), Bloomington and Norman (Monica), New Prague; grandsons Christian (Nancy) Hanson, Minneapolis, Tyler Hanson, St. Louis Park, Martin (Ariane) Kokes, Minneapolis, Timothy Kokes, Savage and Kevin Kokes, New Prague; granddaughters Ellen Kokes, Bloomington and Lana Kokes, Bloomington; niece Mary Ellen (Fritz) Flicek, Elko; and nephew James (Linda) Kokes, Woodbury.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother Edward Kokes.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 28 at 10 a.m., at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Veseli, with Rev. John Lapensky officiating.

Interment was at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Veseli. Pallbearers were grandchildren Christian Hanson, Tyler Hanson, Martin Kokes, Timothy Kokes, Kevin Kokes, Ellen Kokes and Lana Kokes.

Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague. Parish wake prayers were held at 7 p.m. Monday.

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