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Helen Josephine Mickolichek

Helen Josephine Chap Mickolichek, age 93, formerly of Silver Lake, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005 at Cedar Crest Estate in Hutchinson.

She was born Jan. 21, 1911 in Hale Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Joseph and Louise (Trnka) Chap.

She grew up on her family’s farm and attended school in District 69, graduating from Silver Lake High School in 1929. Helen was able to attend her 45th, 50th, and 60th class reunions with surviving classmates.

Following graduation from high school, she was employed at Navratil’s Cafe in Silver Lake and at the Ben Franklin store in Hutchinson.

Helen Chap and Albin Mickolichek were joined in holy marriage May 8, 1934 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake by Father Skluzacek. Two children were born to this union, Charlotte and Ronald.

Helen and Albin engaged in dairy farming in Hale Township, McLeod County until 1967, when they moved to a home in Silver Lake. Helen later was employed at Tonka Toys for seven years, at Green Giant, and at the Rolling Pin Bakery.

She loved her family, friends, church, and community. Helen enjoyed traveling, reading, doing crafts, and baking goodies for her children and grandchildren.

Helen and Albin moved to the Uptown Apartments in 1990, and Albin preceded his wife in death in 1991.

A faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, Helen also belonged to the Rosary Society, CCW, and the Silver Lake Senior Citizens.

She also served as a 4-H leader for many years.

Helen is survived by her children: Charlotte (Ed) Vasko of Lester Prairie, and Ronald (Luane) Mickolichek of Silver Lake; six grandchildren: Laurie Vasko, Sue Schantzen, Randy Vasko, Robert Vasko, Mark Mickolichek, and Carol Weber; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great- granddaughter; a sister, Alice Tupa of Glencoe; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Helen was preceded in death by a grandson, Paul Mickolichek; her parents, Joseph and Louise Chap; sisters Agnes Telecky and Mary Krejci; and brothers George and Richard Chap.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Father William A. Sprigler was the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Adalbert Cemetery.

Val Shamla was the organist for the Mass. Alice Nowak, soloist, sang “O Beautiful Mother.” Readers were Sue Schantzen and Carol Weber; and Mass servers were Seth, Sara, and Matt Mickolichek.

Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. A combined CCW and Rosary Society rosary was recited at 5:30 p.m. and a prayer service was at 8 p.m.

Casket bearers were Randy Vasko, Robert Vasko, Mark Mickolichek, Eric Vasko, Bob Schantzen, and Derrick Weber.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.

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