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Helen Skluzacek

Helen Skluzacek, age 96 of Northfield, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at Reflection Care Suites of the Three Links Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Wednesday, November 26 at the Church of St. Dominic with burial at Calvary cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7:00 pm Tuesday, November 25th at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield and at the Church on Wednesday 1 hour prior to Services.

Helen Celia Skluzacek was born June 1, 1918 in New Prague, MN, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Bisek) Pavek. She was baptized and received First Communion at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. She attended St. Wenceslaus parochial school and then country school in St. Patrick’s. On November 9, 1942 she was united in marriage to Stanley Joseph Skluzacek at Church of St. Patrick, rural Jordan.

They raised their 4 children on the farm where Helen was very active. She bought the first tractor for a wedding present. She was an excellent baker and cook and belonged to the Rice County Extension Homemakers Group called Henny Penny. The first Sponge cake she baked took first place in competition in Rice County. She also won first place in baking bread. She was an adult leader in the Big Star 4-H Club, member of the Rice County Farm Bureau, and the Castle Rockers Club.

Helen’s faith was an important part of her life, she belonged to the St. Margaret Unit at St. Dominic’s and was active in Bible Study. She loved playing cards and putting together puzzles, fishing with Stanley and her family on their yearly trip up north, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and taking long walks around the farm. In retirement she and Stan traveled to Ireland, Austria, Germany, Alaska, and numerous trips to Colorado to visit Mark.

Helen Skluzacek is survived by children Ellen Smith of Inver Grove Heights, Leo (Colleen) Skluzacek of Northfield, Mark Skluzacek of Aspen, CO, Keith (Bonnie) Skluzacek of Faribault; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, brother-in-law Dan Skluzacek of Faribault and numerous relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Stanley, son-in-law Ike Smith, sisters Anna Choudek, Emma Donnelly, Mary Pavek, and brothers Joseph, Albert, Peter, and Frank Pavek.

Memorials to the St. Dominic School.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.