Lester D. Lhotka, 86

Lester Dana Lhotka, age 86, of Silver Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his residence.

He was born June 19, 1927, on the family farm in Rich Valley, Township, the son of Dana and Christina (Friauf) Lhotka.

Lester was joined in holy marriage with Margaret A. Bandas Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Lester engaged in farming for 49 years.

An honest, tough man, Lester was a good neighbor with a good sense of humor. He always made you feel special.

He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.

Lester was a member of the Lions Club for 36 years, and served on the Catholic School Board.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret A. “Margie” (Bandas) Lhotka; daughters Wendy (Steve) Bauman of Woodbury, and Kris (Lon) Cleveland of Canby; sons Michael (Barbara) Lhotka of Cokato, and John (Seng) Lhotka of Goodyear, AZ; grandchildren Tim and Kelly Bauman, Tyler and Jasmine Lhotka, and Justin and Morgan Cleveland; sisters Marjorie Stritesky, and Germain Smutka; and other relatives and friends.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents, Dana and Christina (Friauf) Lhotka; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Bessie Bandas; brothers-in-law Guy Stritesky, Raymond Smutka, and Raymond Bandas; niece Annette Bandas; and great nephews Toni Smutka, and Alexander Stritesky.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with inurnment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday, March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with parish prayers at 6:30 p.m.; and continued Friday morning at the funeral home, one hour prior to Mass.

Honorary urn bearers were Lester’s grandchildren: Tim Bauman, Kelly Bauman, Tyler Lhotka, Jasmine Lhotka, Justin Cleveland, and Morgan Cleveland.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshchapel.com.

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