obit: Emily Prachyl Valek
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Emily Prachyl Valek passed away on September 4, 2011 at the IOOF Nursing Home.
She was born on March 4, 1928 in Reagor Springs to Frank J. and Janie Lanicek Prachyl. On June 5, 1948 she married Rudolph (Rudy) F. Valek, Jr. Her elementary years were spent at Laneview School and she graduated from St. John High School in 1946. She attended Nielson Beauty College and was a licensed hairdresser for several years before going to work for Ennis Business Forms in 1963 until the time she retired. In her retirement years she enjoyed baking and spending time with family. One of her passions was dancing with Rudy and other family and friends. She was a member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church and KJZT Society #16. Emily lived the last five years at IOOF where she was very active on the Resident’s Council, serving as President, and was a member of the Red Hatter’s Club. She was known for always being all “dolled-up” and loved to greet visitors and welcome new residents.
She is survived by three daughters: Lorane Marusak, Patsy and her husband Chuck Kubala, and Jackie and her husband Kevin Betik; three grandsons: Russell Marusak, Larry Kubala, and Byron Betik; four granddaughters: Melissa and her husband Nathan Allen, Amanda and her husband John Cabrera, Jessica and her husband Jake Holland, and Jamie Betik; and five great-grandchildren: Haley and Nate Allen and Adriana, Matthew and Noah Cabrera. She is also survived by one brother, Lewis Prachyl and three sisters: Adele Meyer of Maryland, Wilma Zhanel and Georgia Ann Nekuza.
She is preceded in death by her husband Rudy Valek, son Gary Valek, brother George Prachyl and sister Janie Patak.
The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of IOOF for their loving care of our mother and grandmother, especially during this last difficult week. We would also like to thank Family First Hospice for their loving care.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. in the Keever Chapel in Ennis. Mass for the Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, September 7, at 10 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, Ennis, with Rev. John Dick as Celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ennis, under the direction of J. E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Family First Hospice or to the Alzheimers’s Association which is a cause dear to her heart.
Pallbearers: Russell Marusak, Larry Kubala, Byron Betik, Nate Allen, John Cabrera and Jake Holland. Honorary Pallbearers: Matthew Cabrera and Noah Cabrera.