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Andrew (Andy) Sufka

Rice ~ Little Falls

April 17, 1918 ~ March 4, 2012

Andrew (Andy) Sufka, a Benton County farmer and recent resident of St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls, died of natural causes. Andy will be buried with military honors at the Camp Ripley Veteran's Cemetery Committal Services Building at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012. A reception at the A.T. Black & White Restaurant, 116 1st St SE, Little Falls follows the service.

Andy was born on April 17, 1918, the seventh of 13 children of Elizabeth (Roszek) from North Prairie and Albert Sufka from Poland. He worked on his family's farm as a child before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1936. Andy rose through all the enlisted ranks before being commissioned an officer in 1944, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1964. His military decorations included the Bronze Star.

Andy married Bernice Baron (d. 2008) of Royalton in 1943. They called many states home before moving back to the farm where Andy grew up. Their children were Marilyn (d. 2002); Al (Tess) of Minnetonka; Bernadette of Moorhead; and Theresa of Sauk Rapids. Grandchildren are Anne and Andrew. Other close living relatives include sisters Elizabeth Chirhart and Emma Rassier, brother Raymond, sister-in-law Dorothy Baron, brother-in-law Henry Baron, and many nieces and nephews.

Andy was proud to be Polish and loved the outdoors. Although he only finished the 8th grade, he never stopped learning. He hunted, fished, and gardened; raised pheasants and wild turkeys: and was well-known for growing beautiful gladiolas and sweet corn that he gave away. He enjoyed polka dancing, playing cards, the Rice American Legion, and supporting the Rice Catholic Church.

Staff members at St. Otto's Care Center and St. Gabriel's Hospital deserve special recognition for their kindness. Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls handled the arrangements.

Published in the St. Cloud Times from June 27 to June 28, 2012
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