Mary Helen Wendolek

Mary Helen Wendolek, age 97 of Glencoe, and formerly of Silver Lake, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

Mary was born Jan. 24, 1903, in Hale Township, McLeod County, Minn., to Joseph and Victoria (Pawlicki) Kaczmarek. She grew up on a farm north of Silver Lake and attended District 80 country school.

On Nov. 7, 1925, Mary and Walter Wendolek were married at St. Adalbert Catholic Church, Silver Lake. They made their home on the family farm north of Silver Lake.

In 1946, they bought the Navratil farm south of Silver Lake, which is now owned by Mary's grandson, Larry Wendolek.

In 1951, they moved to a hobby farm near Silver Lake; and in 1956, Mary moved the house into Silver Lake.

In 1967, Mary went to live with her daughter, Mary Ann Ardolf in Glencoe.

Mary was a housewife and mother, but also worked as a babysitter, and was employed at Green Giant. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Some of Mary's hobbies included baking, playing bingo, crocheting, card playing, dancing, and senior citizens group. A member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake, Mary was also a member on the Council of Catholic Women.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Alice Lueck (husband, Wilbert) of Winsted, and Mary Ann Ardolf of Glencoe; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Wendolek of Glencoe; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Cecelia Kaczmarek and Sally Kaczmarek.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Walter; a son, Albin Wendolek; great grand-daughter, Jenny Wendolek; son-in-law, Bernie Ardolf; sisters, Martina Dusoski (husband, George), and Helen Wozniak (husband, Leo); and brothers, Joe Kaczmarek, John Kaczmarek (wife, Frances), Leo Kaczmarek, and Louie Kaczmarek.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake, with the Revs. Robert M. Mraz, Gene Lozinski, and Paul Ardolf officiating. Organist was Val Shamla. Hymns were "Be Not Afraid," "On Eagle's Wings," "I Am The Bread of Life," and "How Great Thou Art." Interment followed at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Tim Ardolf, LeAnn Clark, Cindy Hanning, Chris Wendolek, Randy Wendolek, Jerry Clark, Larry Wendolek, and Cathy Hanson served as casket bearers.

Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8 to 10 a.m., at Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake. Council of Catholic Women prayers were at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by parish prayers at 8 p.m.

The Maresh Funeral Home, Silver Lake, handled the arrangements.

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