Shirley Vorlicek, 79

Shirley Jeanette Vorlicek, age 79, of Silver Lake, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, followed by interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. Father Tony Stubeda will be the celebrant for the Mass, and Alice Nowak will be the organist. Rosalie Knott will be the reader.

Casket bearers will be Tiffany Vorlicek, Breanna Decker, Roger Knott, David Knott, Wayne Nowak and Marvin Kuras.

There was visitation Thursday, July 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a rosary recited at 5 p.m., and parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. Further visitation will take place Friday morning at the funeral home, beginning at 9 a.m.

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

Shirley was born April 1, 1940, in Renville, the daughter of Victor C. and Armella (Erhard) Miller.

She was baptized, received her first communion, and was confirmed at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Renville.

Shirley J. Miller and Henry C. Vorlicek Jr. were joined in holy marriage June 18, 1960, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. God blessed their marriage with three children.

The couple made their home on the Vorlicek family farm, north of Silver Lake.

Shirley enjoyed traveling, time spent at Big Stone Lake with family, baking kolaches with her granddaughters, flower gardening, canning 125 quarts of pickles and making 50 apple pies each year, making homemade wine, sewing, embroidery, volunteering at the Lake Mary VFW events, and most of all, being a farmer’s wife. She loved to bake things and give them away to make others happy.

Shirley was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. She also belonged to The Rosary Society, CCW, and was a lifetime member, historian, and trustee of the Lake Mary VFW Auxiliary Post # 9232.

Through the years, Shirley was employed by Northrup King Seed Company, Green Giant, 3M, and Hutchinson Technology, while raising a family and being a farm wife. She was also a 4-H leader of the Silver Seekers 4H Club.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Henry C. Vorlicek Jr.; children Ronald (Laurie) Vorlicek of Silver Lake, Rhonda Decker (fiancé Jamie Gutzmann) of Winsted, and Kevin Vorlicek of Silver Lake; two granddaughters, Tiffany Vorlicek and Breanna Decker; siblings Darlene Hayek, Marie Pulkrabek, and Robert (Mary) Miller; other relatives, and many friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Dorothy Lewandowski; and by a godchild, Brenda Lewandowski Merriman.

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