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George Wokasch

March 11, 1911-Aug. 3, 2009

George I. Wokasch, 98, of Frazee, died Monday, August 3, 2009, at the Frazee Care Center.

George Ignatz Wokasch was born to Ignatz and Catherine (Henn) Wokasch on March 11, 1911 in Frazee, in the same house where he lived until entering the Frazee Care Center in July of 2004.

As a young boy, George served as an altar boy when Lake Park was a mission church. After graduation from high school in 1929, George worked at the Aldrich Grocery until he enlisted in the military in February 1941. George was interested in photography; so while he was enlisted in the military, he was trained as a photographer and sent on several assignments to take photographs and film. He was discharged in September 1945, shortly after the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II.

George opened a photography shop in Frazee. After several years he decided to go to Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis to study to be an electrician. He got a part-time job at Glenwood Hills Hospital doing maintenance work, and later was hired by the Electric Machinery Manufacturing Company. Eventually, he was hired by the city of Minneapolis as a worker for the street department.

George moved back home to Frazee in 1971, after his retirement, to take care of his mother. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and target shooter and an active member of the Becker County Sportsman's Club. He loved to play cards and cribbage with his friends and family.

George was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus 12581, and started a scholarship for Frazee students with money earned from a sale of many of his most treasured items.

Surviving George are his sister, Catherine O'Toole of Minneapolis; brother, Norman Wokasch of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Ignatz and Catherine (Henn) Wokasch; one sister, Clara Wokasch; four brothers, Leo, Joseph, Ignatius and Julian Wokasch; and a brother-in-law, Leonard O'Toole.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee, with Rev. Ilango officiating. Rosary, by the Knights of Columbus, will be held at 1 p.m. in the church, with visitation following until the time of the service at 2 p.m.

Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. The Furey Funeral Home in Frazee has been entrusted with arrangements.