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A.J. 'Tony' Vihnicka -- Dodge Center

DODGE CENTER -- A funeral Mass for A.J. "Tony" Vihnicka will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Baptist De La Salle Catholic Church in Dodge Center, with the Rev. James Seitz officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Dodge Center.

Mr. Vihnicka, 74, of Dodge Center, a former cafe owner, died Sunday morning (May 18, 2003) at his home.

He was born June 23, 1928, in Chicago and attended Dodge Center High School. An Army veteran, he served during World War II, with overseas duty in Germany. He also served during the Korean War. On Nov. 29, 1952, he married Alice Schleeter in Dodge Center. Mr. Vihnicka owned and operated the Dodge Cafe for 25 years, was sexton for Riverside Cemetery for more than 20 years, was a Mason Shoe representative for 21 years and was a bartender at the American Legion in Dodge Center. He was a member of Wells Peterson Post 384 in Dodge Center for 52 years and a former member of the retired 698th Engineer Maintenance Company. In 2000, he and his wife were named Citizens of the Year in Dodge Center.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Michael "Duke" of Dodge Center; two daughters, Suzann Vihnicka (Rich Tune) of Kasson and Marjorie (Gary) Snyder of Dodge Center; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Anne Vihnicka of Dodge Center and Josephine Hughes of Rochester. A son and a granddaughter preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Dodge Center, where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

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