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Antonio M. Molina

January 7, 2003

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— A funeral mass for Antonio M. Molina, 67, La Crosse, Wis., will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tonganoxie.

Mr. Molina died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Gundersen Medical Center in La Crosse. He was cremated.

He was born July 11, 1935, the son of Antonio J. and Pilar (Siauinco) Molina. He graduated from Kansas University with a doctorate of music with honors May 22, 1978.

Mr. Molina formed an ecumenical chorus of teenagers in Tonganoxie called "The Young Christian Minstrels" in the late 1960s. He was a music instructor at St. Mary College in Leavenworth in 1972, where he composed and directed St. Mary College Community Orchestra. He taught at Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania in 1977 and 1978, then was a professor of music and choral director for University of Wisconsin at La Crosse for 14 years until he retired on May 26, 1992. He wrote several music arrangements and songs that were published and copyrighted.

He married Elaine Sanderson on May 29, 1971, in Kansas City, Kan. She died March 4, 1990.

Survivors include two sisters, Rose Maglunog, San Francisco, and Monserrat (Maximino) Bejar, Manila, Philippines; and a brother, Lito Exequel (Josesa) Molina, Manila.

The family suggests memorials to Sacred Heart Building Fund, sent in care of Quisenberry Funeral Home, P.O. Box 993, Tonganoxie 66086.

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