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Louis Sostak

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Louis Sostak age 87 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Monday, October 2, 2023 Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 7, 2023 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Interment will follow in New Hampton City Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in Fredericksburg have been entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton. Louis (Louie) Delano Sostak, Jr. was born January 25, 1936, to Louis and Vlasta Marie (Papousek) Sostak on a farm southwest of Gregory, Gregory County, South Dakota. He joined his older sibling Violet, and later joined by two more sisters, Blanche and Beverly. The parents farmed and the father was employed at the meat market in Gregory. The mother and children helped with farm chores. In 1941, the family moved to a farm near Claremont, Minnesota, to look for greener pastures due to hard times during the depression years of the 30's caused by drought and grasshoppers. In Minnesota, the family farmed and milked cows. Here, Violet, Louie, and Blanche attended grade school at Dodge County Public School # 45. In 1946, the family moved to a farm north of Fredericksburg to be closer to family members. The Sostak family rented the farm known as the Hartson farm and later bought it. It has been in the Sostak family ever since. The four Sostak children attended New Hampton district number 2 school where all graduated from 8th grade. Louis helped on the farm after graduating while his siblings went into high school. Later, Louie obtained his GED certificate. In 1961, he was drafted into the US Army. He took basic training at Fort Leonard in Wood, Missouri. He was transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas, where he was a truck driver and a member of the rifle team. He was with the 2nd How. Bn. Of the 33rd artillery of the First Infantry Division. While at Fort Riley, he received the motor vehicle driver badge, the Good Conduct medal, and the expert (rifle) and marksman (pistol) achievement. He was awarded a trophy for third place in the 1963 division artillery rifle match. Louie received his discharge from the Army April 11, 1963. With the rank of SP_4 he returned to lowa to help his parents' farm. He received a quilt of honor April 14, 2019, at a presentation at the Community Center, Fredericksburg. Louie liked attending machinery auctions to add to his collection of tractors. He sold the collection at auction in Sept 2022. He enjoyed watching car races at West Union and Cresco. The farm meant a lot to him and he was diligent in keeping the land free of weeds. Louie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity in March of 1985 along with his father, mother, and sister Blanche by pastor Bernard Oebser. He is survived by two sisters, Violet(Darrell) Albrecht of New Hampton and Beverly(Ronald) Hattig of Fredericksburg; 6 nieces and nephews; David(Robyn) Albrecht of Jackson, Michigan, Duane(Cecilia) Albrecht of Mountain View, Hawaii, Lisa(Matt) Schildroth of Fredericksburg, Ann(Rick) Heying of Alta Vista, Colene Sassmann of Sumner, Natalee(Kelvin) Bell of Iowa City. Also surviving are several great nieces, nephews, cousins, great-great niece and a great-great nephew. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his sister Blanche Rae Sostak on Aug 24, 1992; his mother Vlasta Sostak on April 30, 1996; his father Louis Sostak Sr. on April 5,2002 and several cousins.

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  1. Probably the nicest older gentleman I know! What a sweetheart!!! Sympathy to his family and his friends!

  2. We are so going to miss his smiling face when attending races in West Union. He always sat in an aisle seat and greeted us on our way to our seats. Our sympathies to the family.

  3. Our sympathy to his family.
    We were neighbors growing up
    He was a very nice man always had a smile and easy to visit with

  4. Always enjoyed running into Louie, whether it be Dairy Day or on the street.
    He was a greet person and always loved to visit.🙏🙏
    Randy & Mary Jane Leach

  5. My sympathy to the Louis Sostak family, I all ways had good visits with Louie at Mac Donalds. I am so sorry to hear this sad news, he was a great friend of Albert’s and mine. Rest in peace Louis Sostak!! We will miss you.

  6. Louie was such an interesting guy. A few years ago he gave me a tour of his sheds full of old cars and tractors. He will be missed!

  7. Louie and I were inducted into the Army at the same time. We both went to basic training and were assigned to the 2nd Battalion 33rd Field Artillery of the First Infantry Division in Fort Riley KA. We served there until our tour was complete. It is unusual to serve your entire service time in the same units together.
    The ever present smile on his face brought joy to all.
    RIP friend.
    Wally Murphy

  8. Very sorry to hear about Loui passing. Knew him all our lives. Nice Guy. Always a smile & a hi. Will miss him at the races. Will say some prayers for him & family. Ronald Schaufenbuel

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