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Emil Mitch Michal, 87 - July 30, 2008


Emil “Mitch” Michal, 87, of Gothenburg, formerly of Table Rock, died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Gothenburg.
A memorial service will be held at Wherry Bros. Funeral Home in Pawnee City on Monday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m.
Inurnment will take place at the Bohemian Cemetery east of Table Rock.
Michal was born on July 23, 1920, to Joseph and Anna Michal at Table Rock. He attended Bunker Hill Elementary School through the eighth grade and graduated from Table Rock High School.
On March 22, 1941, he married Elsie Laun. To this union, two daughters were born.
He and his family had farmed north of Table Rock until 1971 when they sold the farm and moved into town. In 2002, he and his wife moved to Gothenburg.
Michal had worked for the FSA Office, Farmers Union Coop, Binder Bros., Harlan Findlay and the Village of Table Rock as public works director and maintenance person. He also served on the Table Rock School Board of Education, the Bohemian Cemetery Board and as president of the ZCBJ lodge.
He was well known for his gardening skills, as his green thumb kept many people in Table Rock and Gothenburg supplied with fresh vegetables during the growing season, according to family members. He enjoyed his time spent in the garden and continued to cultivate a large garden until a stroke in 2007.
?Michal also enjoyed teasing others and sharing his sayings of the day whether profound or humorous, said family members.
?He was preceded in death by: his wife, Elsie; his parents, Joseph and Anna Michal; a brother, Rudolph.
Survivors include: his daughters—Mary (Gary) Fritch of Gothenburg and Kathy Michal of Hamilton, OH; grandsons—John (Trudy) Fritch of Dike, IA, Bret (Jeanne) Fritch of Omaha, and Mark (Jaime) Fritch of Papillion; granddaughters—Elizabeth (Chuck) Martin of West Chester, OH, and Lori Diehm of Hamilton; eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Bohemian Cemetery at Table Rock.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.