September 20th, 1907 – Sunday, January 13, 2008
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Saturday, January 26th, 2008
Eugene ‘Gene’ Ochu , 100, of Winsted died peacefully Sunday, January 13th, 2008 in Waconia.
In Winsted Township, on September 20th, 1907, Theophile “Tuffy” and Lena Ochu was blessed with a son and named him Eugene Ochu. As a young man, Gene farmed, owned a saloon and worked for the Winsted Telephone Company. On September 12th, 1945 he married Marie Meuleners. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Jean, and a son, Mark. In 1951, Gene sold his farm and opened the Ochu Implement Company. Even though he sold the farm, he continued working on the farm while operating the implement business. Over the years, Gene had many hobbies and interests like organic gardening, canning, cooking sauces and jams, baking bread, doing mechanic work, keeping up with current events, helping his good friend, Fred Lukes, with his concertina shop, fishing, hunting, brewing beer, making wine, and cooking maple syrup in the woods. Towards the end of his life, Gene mostly enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Theophile, and spending time with family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife: Marie; parents: Tuffy and Lena; half brother: Marcel; and half sister: Leona Herman.
Gene is survived by his daughter: Jean Ochu of St. Cloud; son: Mark Ochu of St. Cloud; grandson: Theophile; many other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, January 25th, 2008 from 1 to 3pm at St. Mary’s Care Center of Winsted. There will be a prayer service at 1pm. At 6:30pm, there will be a rosary service at Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Winsted.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 26th, 2008 at 1pm. There will be a 1 hour visitation prior to the start of mass.
Inurnment will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.