Matthew Shetka, 54

Matthew R. Shetka, 54, of New Prague, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in New Prague. Matt was born in St. Paul on October 8, 1958, a son of Ronald and JoAnn (Anderson) Shetka. Born and raised in St. Paul, he attended Highland Park High School, followed by Bemidji State University and Minnesota State University Mankato, where he earned his master’s degree. Matt married Margaret J. “Meg” Boehlke on August 7, 1980, in Columbia Heights. He taught social studies at New Prague Middle School and was the head coach of the varsity gymnastics and golf programs. He also coached middle school volleyball and softball and youth baseball. He was a member of the New Prague Education Association, was named to the MN State High School Hall of Fame, and was State Coach of the Year for gymnastics. Matt also worked at the New Prague Golf Club. He loved to play golf, go hunting, and read. He is survived by his wife; four sons Daniel Shetka (and Geri Nelson), New Prague, Andrew (Robin) Shetka, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Aaron Shetka (and Danielle Busch), New Prague, and Zachary Shetka, New Prague; his father, of Pine River; siblings Jodie (Lanny) Spencer, Julie Griffith, and Michael (Katie) Shetka, all of Pine River; and his mother-in-law Janet Boehlke, Roseville. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Marty Griffith; his mother; stepmother Annette Shetka; and father-in-law Willis Boehlke. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague, with the Rev. Dr. Steven Trewartha of FaithPoint Lutheran Church in New Prague, officiating. Members of the New Prague Gymnastics Alumni Association will attend in a group. Serving as pallbearers will be Dan Shetka, Aaron Shetka, Andy Shetka, Zack Shetka, Pete Feuk, Doug Amundsen, Steve Schwartzkopf, Dan Holgate, Mike Shetka, Jim Slinkard, Tim Boehlke and Jeff Boehlke. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague.

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