Ambrose S. Kodet – Redwood Falls Gazette

Ambrose S. Kodet was called to eternal life on Friday, May 20, 2022 at his home in North Mankato. Ambrose was born on July 28, 1934. He was the son of Adolph and Lydia (Senkyr) Kodet. He grew up on the family farm in Renville County.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2022, with visitation one hour prior. Military honors will be provided by the Mankato Area Veterans Memorial Rifle Squad. Lunch will be served at the church after mass. Interment will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Waconia. Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary helps family make arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Building Fund.

Ambrose began his education and graduated from a one-room county school in Beaver Falls Township. He graduated from Morton with honors in his high school graduating class in 1952. He earned a 21-month degree in business administration from Mankato Commercial College in 1954 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in commercial education from Mankato State University in 1963/1964 and a Ph.D. in business education in 1969 from the University of North Dakota.

His teaching career included two years of high school in Waconia where he met his wife, Lois; two years at Wisconsin State University in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and 27 years in the computer science department of Mankato State University. He also taught microcomputer courses in the evening program at South Central College before retiring in 1996.

Ambrose married his wife of 57 years at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia in 1964. They had no children.

Ambrose has always had a love for the accordion. He taught 183 students to play the accordion at Christy Hengel’s residence in New Ulm from 1970 to 1976. He played the accordion and recorded for several bands, including the Ivan Kahle Band, the Marv Kahle Band, the Little Fishermen Band, Blanche Zellmer and the Waltz Kings, Cactus and the Jolly Brewers, Montgomery Czech Singers, and more recently with Don Sieberg. He also played numerous solo performances, from retirement homes to public radio. He was inducted into the World Accordion Congress in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 2004. He engraved accordion frames and nameplates for the entire accordion industry from 1994 to 2014. He also helped make the accordion for two accordion makers.

He spent 36 months in the military doing staffing at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas near the end of the Korean War with an honorable discharge in 1958.

Ambroise is preceded in death by his parents; in-laws; his wife, Lois, in 2021; brothers, Melvin and Gerald; and her sister Frances. He is survived by his sister, Laura; special friends and caregivers, Dennis and Judy Kodet; and four nieces and two nephews.

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