Arnie L. Tupy

October 10, 1933 - November 17, 2019

Arnie L. Tupy, age 86, of New Prague, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at Mala Strana Care and Rehabilitation Center.  Arnie was born on October 10, 1933 in Lanesburgh Township, Le Sueur County to Wencel A. “Jim” and Mayme Rose (Turek) Tupy.  He attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School and graduated from New Prague High School.  After service in the US Army and serving in Korea, he married the love of his life, Jeanette D. Lexa on September 1, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Church in Lonsdale.  The couple made their home in rural New Prague where Arnie farmed the homestead begun by his great-grandfather until his retirement.  He also erected structural steel  buildings and served as foreman for most of the construction of M.V. E., now Chart Industries.  As if Arnie was not busy enough, he also found time to serve as bartender and security guard for the Park Ballroom.


Arnie was active in the community as well.  He was a member and past commander of the American Legion, a member and past Grand Knight of the 3rd degree Knights of Columbus, served on the Lanesburgh Township Board, and active at St. Wenceslaus Church as a lector, usher, and member of the funeral choir.  His greatest joy was time spent with his family. He was an avid fisherman and card player, enjoying sheephead as recently as last Tuesday.


Arnie is survived by his wife, Jeanette; daughter, Jayne (Paul) Skluzacek of New Prague; grandchildren, Brandon (Brynna) Skluzacek, Jason (Angel) Skluzacek, Miranda, Corinna, and Zachary Tupy; great-grandchildren, Lana, Lexi, Scarlett, Liam, Eli, & Everett Skluzacek and Patrick Tupy; sister, Gladys Zoubek of Faribault.  He is preceded in death by parents; son & daughter-in-law, Dale & Bonnie Tupy; grandson, Nicholas Dale Tupy; brother, Leonard in childhood.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Visitation will take place Sunday from 4-7 pm and Monday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 at Bruzek Funeral Home.  Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery with military honors provided by the New Prague Veterans Honor Guard.  Lunch will follow at the Legion Clubroom.

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David Mader
7 months ago

My condolences to the family. I just want to say what a wonderful person Arnie was he was a mentor and a friend. I am honored to of known him. He reflected my life in a big way his patience and work ethic was very commendable. Arnie always took the time to say hello when you met him. To bad we all have grow old and apart but that’s life cycle. Arnie you are in my thoughts and prayers and will be missed god bless. Friends forever David Mader

Jean and Ed Keogh
7 months ago

Our deepest sympathies to the family. I had the pleasure of getting to know Arnie a little better when he was the Lanesburgh Twp supervisor and I was on the Montgomery City Council. We had semi-annual meetings for the fire and ambulance service districts. He was very dedicated to the needs of the township residents he represented. Ed got to know Arnie when he worked briefly as security at the Park Ballroom — would have been back in the 1990s. Extending sympathies for my Mom, Marcy Tupy, too. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

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