Stanley Kukuzke, 75, Albert Lea

Published 11:04am Thursday, February 20, 2014

Funeral service for Stanley A. Kukuzke will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Theodore Catholic Church, Albert Lea. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before service at the church. The Rev. Timothy T. Reker and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in St. Bernards Cemetery in Stewartville.

Stanley died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Thorne Crest Retirement Community from complications of multiple sclerosis and dementia. He was 75.

Stanley was born on March 15, 1938, in Stewartville to Alta (Cray) and Carl Kukuzke. He graduated from Stewartville High School in 1958 as one of the school’s greatest athletes. After high school he attended Mankato State University and was the Most Valuable Football Player of the Year as a freshman and was offered to try out with the Chicago Bears.

Stanley Kukuzke
Stanley Kukuzke

He taught school in Wyoming, Iowa, for three years as head football and track coach. He started their wrestling program and taught industrial arts and driver’s ed, along with driving a school bus. In 1969 he moved to Albert Lea and set up the power mechanics course at the high school, teaching it for 11 years, and coached football and track for three years. He was a Boy Scouts leader for 11 years. On Aug. 12, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Charlene Munson, in Stewartville. Together they raised two sons, Michael and Mark. He was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church. In his earlier years he loved to hunt, played every sport and was very handy. He could fix almost anything, which he passed on to his sons.

Stanley is survived by his wife, Charlene, of 52 years; sons Michael (Lisa) of Champlin and Mark (Tanya) of Fairfield, Iowa; grandchildren Jason and fiancee Amanda, Aaron, Ryan (Heather), Danielle, Ashley and Chase; great-granddaughter, Willow Lee; brother, James (Marlene) of Novi, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents Alta and Carl; sisters Barb Denny and Carol Storing; brother Pat; brothers-in-law Chuck Storing and Wayne Denny; mother and father-in-law, Ophelia and Lloyd Munson.

Special thanks to the staff at Thorne Crest and Hospice for compassion and care.

Memorials preferred to St. Theodore Catholic Church, multiple sclerosis or donor’s choice.