Myron R. ‘Mike’ Pirkl

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — The Mass of Christian Burial for Myron R. "Mike" Pirkl will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Litomysl in Somerset Township, rural Steele County, Minn. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Pirkl, 78, a lifelong resident of rural Blooming Prairie, died Saturday (Oct. 6, 2007) at his home.

Born Nov. 13, 1928, in Blooming Prairie Township, he graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1946. In 1952 he married Marie Wencl at Litomysl. They farmed near Blooming Prairie all their lives. Mr. Pirkl was active in the Knights of Columbus, served on the St. Isidore School Board, and was a member of the Civil Defense and Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He also served on the Blooming Prairie Township Board for many years and participated in SEMCAC. He enjoyed playing cards, shooting pool, bowling, and golf, and often attended the activities of his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include nine daughters, Deanna Vreeman of Spring Valley, Connie (Larry) Reiter of Medford, Minn., Marcia Smith, Julie (Robert) Starman and Laura Hagen, all of Blooming Prairie, Vicki (Mark) Patun of Stoughton, Wis., Carol (Mike) Bechay of Minneapolis, Amy Pirkl of Apple Valley, Minn., and Nadine Pirkl of Owatonna; a son, Tim (Lori) of Blooming Prairie; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Meinard (Kathleen) of Hendersonville, N.C., and Dan (Karen) of Owatonna; and a sister, Romana Wesely of Owatonna. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2004.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Brick-Meger Funeral Home in Owatonna, and an hour before the service Thursday at the church. A Blooming Prairie Knights of Columbus rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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