Atkinson, Holt County, Nebraska
January 21, 1982
FORMER CAFÉ OWNER DIES HERE
Joseph MLINAR, 86, retired Atkinson farmer and restaurant owner, died suddenly at his home Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14.
He and his wife, Florence, formerly owned and operated the H & M Café.
Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Burial was in St Joseph's Cemetery.
He was born April 20,1895 Southwest of Atkinson at the home of his parents, Frank and Mary (COUFAL) MLINAR. There were 11
children in the family and 3 sisters are among the survivors.
He and Florence McNAIR were united in marriage on June 1, 1926 at O'Neill and two sons were born to the couple, Robert
LeRoy who resides in O'Neill and Marion Joseph, who died Dec 23, 1959 at the age of 19.
In 1931 the MLINAR family moved to Green Valley, 11 miles southwest of Atkinson, where they resided until 1951 when they
purchased a café in Atkinson. They operated the business until their retirement and continued to reside at their home in
Mr. MLINAR kept busy after leaving the café by making small articles out of wood, much to the delight of children who stopped
and visited at the Mlinar home. He liked to call himself the "Grandma MOSES of wood" and estimated that he gave about 900
of the items away, the last one to a friend while he was a patient in Bishop Clarkson Hospital, Omaha. Nearly every
holiday at least one of those little friends would return bearing gifts or food, or to sing songs at Christmas time. He
and his wife said the best gifts at Christmas were those visits by youngsters or their parents to show their friendship
carrying a dish of hot rolls, fresh cake or garden produce.
After the death of his son, Marion, he built a wooden replica of St. Joseph Church as a sort of a memorial shrine. This
led to several others and one of the Lutheran Church as well. Next he was making various other small shrines, animals and
birds which he gave away.
Mr. MLINAR also devoted much time to the activities of the Knights of Columbus, especially on Bingo nights and at the Good
Sam center to visit friends. He enjoyed relatively good health most of his life until this winter when he was
hospitalized the day before Thanksgiving in Atkinson and later transferred to Clarkson hospital where he was a patient
until December 11.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, a son, Robert, and his wife, Joan; three grandchildren, LeRoy Joseph and Steven
Scott both of O'Neill, and Mrs. John (Marsha) THOMASSEN of Atkinson and their son, Michael Patrick.
Three sisters also survive, Mrs. Arthur (Cora) WISE of Omaha, Mrs. Charley (Mary) LEWIS of Butte, and Mrs. John (Frances)
SMITH of the Good Sam Center.
Preceding him in death were brothers, Anton, Adolph, Ralph and John, and a sister Mrs.
Alex, (Ella) CLEARY.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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