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From: "Jerry Gulden" <>
Subject: Obituary Past President Paul Kretsch, German Bohemian Heritage Society
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 11:27:20 -0500

It has been posted to the list that Paul Kretsch past president of the
German Bohemian Heritage Society has died. As president for 16 years his
life revolved around the Society by fostering the speaking of the German
Bohemian dialect by his founding of the GBHS Heritage Singers and his
project the translation and usage of the dialect to English. The following
obituary was written in The Journal, of New Ulm, August 26, 2006.

May His Soul Rest in Peace. Amen

In memory of Pauls favorite nickname for me - Gerhard.
(Jerry) Gulden Vice President German Bohemian Heritage Society


Paul Kretsch
NEW ULM Paul Kretsch, 68, of New Ulm died Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at
his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 28, 2006 at St.
Marys Catholic Church in New Ulm with burial in the New Ulm Catholic
Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the New
Ulm Veterans Organizations.

Visitation will be 3 - 8 p.m. Sunday and from 7:30 - 10 a.m. Monday at the
Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. The St. Johns C.O.F. will pray
the rosary at 6 p.m. and there will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m.
both Sunday at the funeral home.

Paul is survived by his wife, Janice Kretsch of New Ulm; daughters and
sons-in-law, Amy and Terry Zinniel, Darcy and Scott Schmidt all of New Ulm;
five grandchildren, Nikeshia and Kelsey Koch, Alexa and Jonathan Zinniel,
and Morgan Schmidt all of New Ulm; sister and brother-in-law, Monica and
Randy Wenninger of New Ulm; brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Theresia
Kretsch of New Ulm; and his twin brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and
Colleen Kretsch of New Ulm. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Paul Roman Kretsch was born on March 25, 1938 in New Ulm to Anton and
Eleanor (Haala) Kretsch. He graduated from New Ulm Public High School in
1956. Paul spent several years working on the farm with his dad before
working at American Artstone. In 1961 he joined the U.S. Army and spent 18
months in France and 1 month of school in Germany, which he said felt like
going home. After his discharge he returned to American Artstone.

On October 17, 1964 he was united in marriage to Janice Ries at the
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Paul sold insurance for the C.O.F.
for a time before starting to work for Kraft Foods in 1970 and remained
there until his retirement in 1996. Paul was very active in the community.
He played softball for many years and later managed a winning team for ten
years. He was a member of the St. Johns Court, # 698 Catholic Order of
Foresters and in 1966 became the Chief Ranger and held that office for
several years. He belonged to the American Legion Post # 132, V.F.W. Post #
1648, Junior Pioneers, Brown County Historical Society and was president of
the German - Bohemian Heritage Society from 1988 - 2004 and a charter board
member since 1984. In 1990 he formed the German - Bohemian Heritage Singers
and was their leader until his illness in January of this year. He was the
leading force in erecting the German-Bohemian Monument in German Park and
designed the fence that surrounds it. He was very instrumental in starting
the concerts and picnics in German Park and scheduled these events for many
years. At the time of his death he was working on a book translating the
German-Bohemian dialect into English. Paul will be dearly missed by his
family and friends.

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