Arlene Wendolek, 88

Arlene Frances (Nemec) Wendolek, age 88, of Silver Lake, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Mass of Christian Burial for Arlene F. Wendolek will be Monday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church of Silver Lake. Father Michael Doyle will be the celebrant. Gift bearers will be Ron and Eileen Pulkrabek. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Silver Lake.

Arlene’s grandchildren will be her casket bearers: Beth Keith, Aaron Wendolek, Eric Wendolek, Cole Wendolek, Lucas Wendolek, and Logan Wendolek.

There was visitation Sunday, March 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake, with a CCW rosary at 5 p.m., and prayer service at 5:15 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. Online condolences for the family can be directed to www.mareshfuneralhome.com

Arlene was born June 27, 1928, in Glencoe, to Albin and Mary Rose (Moravec) Nemec. Her mother died shortly after she was born, and she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Charles and Clara Pulkrabek.

Arlene grew up in rural Glencoe, attended country school at District 6 Koniska School, and graduated in 1946 from Stevens Seminary, Glencoe.

Father Albert Slechta married Arlene and Harry Wendolek Sept. 30, 1952, at St. Joseph’s Church (Holy Family) in Silver Lake. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Mark and Dean.

Arlene and Harry engaged in dairy and crop farming for many years in Hale Township, McLeod County. At 26, Harry was drafted into the army during the Korean War.

Harry’s parents returned to the farm from their retirement home in Silver Lake to keep it going, and Arlene moved back to Charles and Clara’s home. Two years later, Harry returned and they continued to farm where they left off.

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

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, embroidery, sewing blankets for her church bazaar, and feeding the birds and pheasants in her front yard. She loved playing Polish Poker with her friends at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake.

Arlene was always upbeat, had a great sense of humor, and could hardly keep from laughing when telling a humorous story. She was not afraid to strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger.

She was very proud to donate blood as often as six times a year for many years, totaling 18 gallons, and still giving blood at age 88.

Arlene is survived by her sons, Mark (Carol) Wendolek of Cokato, and Dean (Julie) Wendolek of Silver Lake; grandchildren Beth Keith, Aaron (Natasha) Wendolek, Eric Wendolek, Cole Wendolek, Lucas Wendolek, and Logan Wendolek; and great-grandchildren Caleb Keith, Issabelle Wendolek, and Mackenzie Wendolek.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, July 17, 2009; her aunt and uncle, Charles and Clara Pulkrabek; her parents; three brothers; one sister; two step brothers; and one step sister. Arlene was the last surviving child of Albin and Mary Rose Nemec’s family.

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