Francis J. “Fritz” Tupy

December 3, 1942 - July 29, 2020

Francis J. “Fritz” Tupy, age 77, of New Prague, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center.  Fritz was born on December 3, 1942 at the family home in Webster Township, Rice County to Frank W. and Mary C. (Schoenbauer) Tupy.  Fritz graduated from New Prague High School and entered the US Army National Guard.  He married the love of his life, Karen A. Sticha at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on May 26, 1964.  They made their home and raised their six children on a farm which housed beef cattle, hogs, chickens, and crops.  His life’s occupation was as a cement mason and he worked for various twin city commercial contractors.  He took great pride in his trade and it became both a science and a life-style with many side jobs in the community for family and friends in his off hours.  At the same time he farmed his land.  He took a lot of pride in subsistence living and taught his children how to live off the gardens and livestock that came from the farm.  Physically strong, he was one of the hardest working of men and sacrificed a lot to care for his family, instilling in his children the same kind of work ethic.  He loved nothing more than cutting firewood and making sure the oil burner never kicked in because the wood burner always had a pile of stacked wood to feed it!  He enjoyed boating and water skiing and was an avid sportsman, especially hunting, fishing, and most importantly ice fishing and spearing.  Fritz was known for the smile that always graced his face.  He was always friendly, had a cup of coffee in his hand, and could readily strike up a conversation, whether with a friend or a stranger.  A man of deep faith, he was active in both St. Wenceslaus and St. Nicholas Catholic churches.  He was known to bring out the plow in a blizzard and pull the family car to the main highway so that the family would not miss mass on Sunday!  He took that faith life into the community as an active member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus.  Though humble and simple, Fritz was a man of integrity in all aspects of life, who led by faith, example, and action.  He will be deeply missed by so many.

 

Fritz is survived by his wife, Karen of Lonsdale; children, Jeffery Tupy of Prior Lake, James (Myrna) Tupy of Paynesville, Kevin (Marie) Tupy of Burnsville, Daniel (Lisa) Tupy of Baxter, Jonathan (Penny) Tupy of Crystal, Michelle (Lee) Bunge of Woodbury; 16 grandchildren; brothers, Clarence (Joanie) Tupy, Eugene (Dorothy) Tupy, Ken (Sally) Tupy all of New Prague.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Myles and Ron; sister, Marion Skluzacek.

 

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Mass will be live-streamed on npcatholic.org.  Masks are required for those attending Mass.  Burial will follow at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the New Prague Area Veterans Honor Guard.

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JeNean Erickson
8 days ago

My most sincere condolences go out to Karen and the Tupy family. Thoughts and prayers are being offered for you.

Russ and Katie Seurer
8 days ago

So sorry for your loss. Keep your Memories close. Our sympathy to you all

Paul and Jayne Skluzacek
8 days ago

Karen and family,
You have our deepest sympathy. Fritz was a wonderful man and he is now safe in the arms of Jesus. Imagine his beautiful smile lighting up Heaven!
Hugs to you!

Keith Rezac
9 days ago

Fritz and Karen are my God parents! I remember very fondly spending every birthday with them for many years. Fritz was always so kind and caring. Karen and the rest of the family are in my thoughts! Time may have had taken us apart over the years, but the memories are like yesterday! You are/will be missed!

Ben and Pat Rezac
9 days ago

Ben and I extend our Sympathy to Karen and the Tupy Family. We have fond memories of our families gathering at the Skluzacek and Smisek cabins. What a blast- Our shared Volleyball games and our own Water Ski show. And we had to have the MN record for most largest stringer of walleyes. It was Karen and Fritz that taught us the values that Life Matters. God Bless and Take Care of Fritz.

Larry and Mary Trnka
9 days ago

Karen and family, So sorry to hear of Fritz’s passing. He always had a big smile on his face. Accept our sympathy. Prayers to all of you.

Jan Sirek-Hrabe
9 days ago

We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Sending many prayers and hugs.
Jan and Bob Hrabe

John &Carol Pavek
9 days ago

Karen &family sending you our deepest sympathy. We know he is with Jesus now and looking down on all of you. Hugs &prayers. We’ve known Fritz since we were kids he always had that smile. God bless John &Carol

Ryan O'Neill
10 days ago

Sending prayers and well wishes to the entire Tupy family. He was such a wonderful man and will never be forgotten. God Bless You all!

Glen & Diane (Kes) Swanson Tonto Basin, AZ.
10 days ago

Accept Our Sympathy also Thoughts and Prayers To The Family and Families….I grew up A Neighbor to Fritz and His Parents and Brothers and His Sister on the Farm in Webster, Many Years ago, Lots of Memories….RIP Fritz.

David Tupy
10 days ago

Aunt Karen and family,
So sorry to hear of Uncle Fritz passing away. Reading his obituary was such a great story of his life and work. I do remember visiting your farm in the country as a kid with my family and playing with the cousins. Good times and adventures were always had there!
God Bless you all during this time.

Nancy Fierst
10 days ago

Karen and family.. So sorry to hear about Fritz passing away. He was always such a friendly, kind and hard working man. Always had that beautiful smile on his face! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Nancy and Randy

Janeil Dropik
10 days ago

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Fritz was a good man. I know you will all miss him dearly

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