Viola Jane Mikolichek Kielas, age 94, of Lester Prairie, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at The Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.
She was born April 5, 1923, in Hale Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Edward and Alice (Dostal) Vorlicek.
Viola attended School District 25 (Pleasant Hill), six miles north of Silver Lake.
She worked at Johnson Produce in Cokato, Green Giant in Winsted, and later did housework in St. Paul for Carol Brink, the author of children’s books and a book about the Hutchinson Brothers called “Harps in the Wind,”
Viola enjoyed dancing the polka, and attended many dances at Sherman Station and the Swan Lake Pavilion.
She married Theophil Mikolichek May 4, 1943, at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with eight children.
They lived on a dairy farm in Winsted Township, where Viola enjoyed farming, gardening, canning, and sewing dresses for the girls.
After 17 years, they moved to a 13-acre place on the outskirts of Silver Lake.
Viola was a waitress at the Silver Hi Drive-In & Café, and did sewing for EDCO in Winsted.
Theophil passed away in 1971.
Viola married Henry Kielas and moved to Lester Prairie. Henry died in 1999.
Viola remained in her home until November 2015.
She liked making quilts for her grandchildren and great- grandchildren; playing cards and board games like Scrabble; and visiting with friends and neighbors and her ever-growing family.
Viola is survived by her children: Minerva Stritesky, and Mary Ann Artmann of Silver Lake, Dolores (Jack) Sweeney of Cornell, WI; Harvey (Connie) Mikolichek, and Clarence (Melinda) Mikolichek, all of Silver Lake, Theresa (Jeff) Rich of Cokato, Dean (Karen) Mikolichek of Silver Lake, and Linda Giesen of Donna, TX; step children Donald (Karen) Kielas of Silver Lake, and Frances Helmbrecht of Hutchinson; 40 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren; five great, great-grandchildren; and by a sister-cousin, Sylvia Wawers.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Alice Vorlicek; granddaughters DeAnn Sweeney and Kim Kielas; sons-in-law Ken Stritesky and Clem Artmann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Delphine and Orrin Wraspir, Clara and Art Prochaska, Aloise Mikolichek, Adeline Rose, and Odella and Harry Miska; and Henry’s 12 brothers and sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with Father Michael Doyle as the celebrant. Interment followed at Bohemian National Cemetery in Rich Valley Township, McLeod County.
Alice Nowak was the organist for the Mass, with special music by Franklin Vorlicek. Genny Lhotka was the reader for the Mass, and gift bearers were Sherlyn Stristesky and Brian Mikolichek.
There was visitation Thursday, June 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a CCW Rosary recited at 4:30 p.m., and a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Casket bearers were Kevin Carrigan, Curtis Blaske, Ronald Dostal, Daniel Dostal, LuWayne Wraspir, and Garlen Mikolichek.
Viola’s grandchildren were honorary casket bearers.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family. Online condolence may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.