Zickmond Edward Chrast, age, 90, of Silver Lake, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Hutchinson Health, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 9, 1925, on the family farm in Silver Lake, the son of Rudolph and Ludmilla (Prokop) Chrast. Zickmond was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
Zickmond was joined in holy matrimony with Theresa Kalitowski June 5, 1951, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with five children: Gene, Terry, Debra, and twins Marilyn and Marlyce. Zickmond and Theresa would have celebrated 65 years of marriage in June.
Zickmond lived his entire life on the family farm, where he engaged in dairy farming, as well as raising hogs, beef, and poultry. After retiring from dairy farming in 1984, he continued to crop farm, raising corn and soybeans up to last summer. He also enjoyed tending to his garden, and was very proud of his harvest of vegetables.
Zickmond enjoyed his free time listening to old time music, playing his concertina and harmonica, going on casino/gambling trips, and visiting with family and friends. He loved his family dearly, and welcomed each new grandchild and great-grandchild who was born into his family.
Zickmond is survived by his loving wife, Theresa; sons Gene (Grace) Chrast of Dassel, and Terry Chrast of Silver Lake; daughters Debra (Rodney) Weiers of Silver Lake, Marilyn (Hilary) Scheffler of Lonsdale, MN, and Marlyce (Paul) Johnsen of Hutchinson; 15 grandchildren: Matthew (Melanie) Chrast, Andrew (Robyn) Chrast, Jennifer (Terry) Heidecker, Anita (Tim) Lundquist, Nicholas (Stephany) Weiers, Jake (Nikki) Weiers, Rose Weiers, Bridget Weiers, Luke Weiers, Justin Scheffler, Craig Scheffler, Travis (Katie) Scheffler, Sarah (Mark) Schwartz, Kim (Jayce) Howe and David Johnsen; and 13 great-grandchildren: Dylan and Seth Chrast, Edward and Benjamin Chrast, Kendall and Isaac Heidecker, Zack and Willa Lundquist, Anthony and Lariah Weiers, Lydia Schwartz and Brielle and Lauren Howe.
He is also survived by a sister, Lillian Novak; and many nieces and nephews.
Zickmond was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Ludmilla Chrast; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stephen and Clara Kalitowski; brothers Ralph (Clara) Chrast, Louis (Helen) Chrast, twin brothers Frank and William Chrast, Emil (Dona) Chrast and Stanley (Delores) Chrast; a brother-in-law, Dominic Novak; and by a sister-in-law, Veronica Jilek and her husband, Ron.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with Father Paul Schumacher as the Celebrant. Interment followed at Holy Family Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, March 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a rosary at 4:30 p.m., and a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Friday at the funeral home, one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers were grandsons Matthew and Andrew Chrast, Nicholas, Jacob and Luke Weiers, Justin, Craig and Travis Scheffler; and David Johnsen.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake handled the arrangements.