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Martha Urban, 91

Martha Urban, age 91, of Silver Lake, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake.

She was born July 12, 1926, in Glencoe, the daughter of Joseph L. and Josephine (Koktan) Popelka.

Martha graduated from Glencoe High School, and began working as a secretary at the Mill in Glencoe. After raising her children, she went back to school for a secretarial degree and began working at the Silver Lake State Bank.

Martha was united in marriage to Willard Urban June 30, 1953, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. This marriage was blessed with six children.

Willard and Martha resided in Silver Lake while sharing 58 years of marriage before Willard’s death in 2011.

Martha was a faithful member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, and involved in many church activities throughout her life. She was also a member of the Silver Lake Women’s Club, Catholic Workman, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Martha and Willard enjoyed world travels, but Martha always missed her family and was happy to return home. They also enjoyed fishing, especially at their cabin.

Martha was a true Czech, baking kolaches for family and friends, and always happy when there was old-time music playing. She loved being with family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Wanda (Gordon) Konerza of Prior Lake, Polly (Charles) Munkberg of Mechanicsburg, PA, John Urban of Chaska, James Urban (Liz Sopok), and Patrice (Mark) Mickolichek, all of Silver Lake; grandchildren Ellen (Abe) Konerza, Ross (Rochelle) Konerza, Elise (David) Konerza, Josie (Alex) Henderson, Andrea Wendlandt, Sara (Ian) Wyffels, Seth, Mathew, and Will Mickolichek; and great-granddaughter Audrey Henderson.

In addition to her husband, Willard, Martha was preceded in death by a daughter, Jan; her parents; an infant sister, Josephine; brothers Theodore Popelka, and Cyril Popelka; sisters Mary Popelka, and Gladys Ardolf; and many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with Father Michael Doyle as the celebrant. Interment was at Holy Family Cemetery.

There was visitation at the church, beginning at 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Casket bearers were Ross Konerza, Elise Konerza, Seth Mickolichek, Sara Wyffels, Matt Mickolichek, and Will Mickolichek.

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

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