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Albert L. Kucera
A rosary will be held at the McHenry Chapel of Franklin and Downs at 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) with a funeral mass held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Church for Albert Lambert Kucera, 84, of Modesto. He died Feb. 24, 2008.

A Memorial Reception will follow at the parish hall.

Born Aug. 20, 1923, Mr. Kucera was a native of Clarkson, Neb., the son of a Czechoslovakian immigrant. During World War II, he served in the Army as an Infantryman, fighting in the South Pacific. He was wounded by an enemy hand grenade on March 10, 1944 at Bougainville. After returning to the States he married Marie Dorothy Bauwens on January 11, 1947 in Omaha, Neb. He worked as a milkman before mvoing to El Segundo in1950. After working a while for the Standard Oil Refinery, Mr. Kucera went to work for Allstate Insurance until being recruited by the State Farm Insurance Company. For over 30 years, he was a very successful State Farm Agent with offices located near the Los Angeles International Airport. When he retired in 1985 he was honored as the 16th highest producing life insurance agent in the U.S.

Mr. Kucera loved to travel and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and boating with his family. He belonged to St. Joseph's Parish in Modesto and Knights of Columbus and was a former member of the Lions Club.

Survivors include daughter Katherine Kucera of Ceres.

Remembrances may be sent to: The Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94085.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /March 5, 2008