Paul Joseph BILKA M.D.

Excelsior, Minnesota


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Age 94, A Retired Rheumatologist died suddenly at his Tonka Bay home in Excelsior on Oct 30, 2013. He was predeceased by his wife Madge Mussey in 1993, both parents and his sister. He graduated from Trinity College and Columbia University School of Medicine in 1943. He served in the Army Medical...

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Paul was a joy and a vexation and an inspiration. I feel very sad for the loss. May we do as well.

Paul and Madge Bilka were neighbors and friends of three generations of our family. My grandmother used to raid Paul's abundant vegetable garden, my mother had nightly conversations on the porch with Paul and Madge, my father and uncle were the designated handymen for the Bilkas and I was the child who always wondered why Paul talked and laughed so loudly. Paul had a robust love of life and a need for adventure. He traveled the world, spoke more than a few languages and dined with royalty. He...