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Helen Laake Spalek of Ramsey passed away July 9, 2004 at the age of 84 years
2 months and 16 days.
A rosary led by Deacon Bennie Holesovsky was recited at 7 p.m. Monday July
12 at Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Funeral services were held at 10
a.m. Tuesday July 13 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan
Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Burial was at Sts. Peter
and Paul Catholic Cemetery at Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke
Funeral Home.
She was a beloved loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great
grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and aunt. She shared a lifetime of
devotion to the Catholic faith. She will be greatly missed by all. She was
baptized, received first Holy Communion, confirmed and matrimony at Sts.
Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.
She was great homemaker, seamstress, and quilt maker, great gardener who
grow everything from fruit trees, vegetables and flowers. She made wedding
cakes and a wonderful baker who could make homemade bread, kolaches,
cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies. She was a great cook making everything from
scratch. She was an excellent quilt maker and designed art work quilts all
make out of solid colors. She also made homemade noodles, butter, canned
vegetables, pickles and jams.
Before the plastic and silk flowers came out she made beautiful roses,
gladiolas and carnations for funerals out of crepe paper, which were
beautiful. She was always willing to help others. She loved to go fishing,
hunting, going to the coast, talking about the good old days when she was
young, polkas, and waltz music. She enjoyed the world of antiques.
Her family loved her and they cared for her with great devotion. We will
miss her strength of character, warm smile, hearty laugh and her wonderful
sense of humor. She touched our lives with her love. Though she has gone to
be with God, she will live on in the hearts of her family.
She was born April 23, 1920 to Alvin and Dorothy Stock Laake and was raised
at Frelsburg. She received her education at Frelsburg and New Ulm schools.
On Sept. 2, 1943 she married her husband Jerome J. Spalek of Fayetteville
who passed away on Feb. 21, 1968. That year they were looking forward to
celebrating their 25th anniversary.
They had two children, a daughter and a son both born at Fayetteville. They
lived at Fayetteville from 1943 to 1946 and in 1947 they moved to Ramsey
where they built their new home and where she lived for 57 years. She and
her husband loved to make all the church picnics.
We love her dearly and will forever cherish her memories. May her integrity
and courage live through the many lives she created and touched. In her own
words, her children were her jewels.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Bryan Spalek and Kevin Spalek of Columbus;
great grandson, James Jennings of Industry; nephews, Darryl Laake of New
Ulm, Glen Dale Laake of Frelsburg and Danny Laake of Katy. Honorary
pallbearers were her cousins, Charles Zapalac, Edward Zapalac, Andrew
Zapalac, James Zapalac, Arnold Zapalac, Jr.; nephews, Donnie Templeton,
Wayne Goldsberry, Gary Goldsberry, Jeff Laake, Robert Laake, Michael
Corliss, Rodney Corliss, Randy Corliss and great nephew, Brian Laake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome J. Spalek; her parents,
Alvin and Dorothy Stock Laake; grandson, Mark Anthony Pechacek; brother,
Bruno Laake; sisters-in-law, Erna Minor Laake and Mary Lousia Haverlah
Laake; and nephew, Joseph Laake.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Helen Spalek Pechacek and husband
Chester Lee Pechacek of New Ulm; son, Gene Jerome Spalek and wife, Mary Lou
Marsalia Spalek of Ramsey; granddaughter, Patricia Ann Pechacek Jennings;
grandsons, Bryan Spalek and wife, Tonya Sissom Spalek, Kevin Spalek and
wife, Valerie Spalek; great grandchildren, Jennifer Jennings, James Jennings
and Zachary Spalek; brothers, Anton Laake of Mesa, Ariz., Edwin Laake of New
Ulm, Melvin Laake and wife, Doris of Willow Spring and Dan Laake of Katy;
sisters, Regina Laake Templeton and husband, W.C. of Columbus, Edna Laake
Goldsberry and husband, Glen of Pasadena, and Linda Laake Corliss and
husband, Dennis of Katy and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and
God has her in his keeping and we have her in our hearts. 

Posted by Joy Neely


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