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 friends. God has her in his keeping and we have her in our hearts.
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