Josephine ‘Dodie’ Chalupsky, 86

Josephine “Dodie” C. Chalupsky passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at Hutchinson Health Hospital.

She was born March 3, 1928, in Silver Lake, McLeod County, the daughter of Frank and Emily (Matausek) Slanga. Dodie was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake.

She received her education in Silver Lake, and was a graduate of the Silver Lake High School class of 1945. Dodie furthered her education at the University of Minnesota, where she received her master’s degree in teaching.

Dodie was united in marriage to Howard Chalupsky Jan. 31, 1948, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Dodie and Howard resided in Silver Lake, and shared 51 years of marriage until Howard passed away May 21, 1999.

Dodie taught at the high school in Silver Lake, and retired in 1979.

She attended Holy Family Catholic Church (formerly St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church) in Silver Lake, and was a member of the Silver Lake American Legion Auxiliary Post 141, the Degree of Honor, the Master Gardener Club, and the Senior Citizens Center.

Dodie enjoyed playing cards, tending to her gardens, quilting, sewing, and crafts. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Virginia Chalupsky of Hutchinson, and Marvel Slanga of Minneapolis; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Howard, Dodie was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Emily Slanga; sisters Mary Burich and her husband, Irv; Cecelia Homan and her husband, Larry; Dominic Slanga, Elizabeth Slanga, and Magdeline Kohls and her husband, Lee; and brothers Raymond Slanga, Frank Slanga, and Paul Slanga.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Interment was at St. Adelbert’s Catholic Cemetery in Silver Lake.

There was visitation at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, prior to the Mass.

Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson handled the arrangements.

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