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Arlene Wendolek, 88, of Silver Lake

Arlene Frances Wendolek, 88, of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 13, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake with the Rev. Michael Doyle officiating. Gift bearers were Ron and Eileen Pulkrabek.
Casket bearers were her grandchildren, Beth Keith, Aaron Wendolek, Eric Wendolek, Cole Wendolek, Lucas Wendolek and Logan Wendolek. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Silver Lake.
Arlene Frances (Nemec) Wendolek was born June 27, 1928, in Glencoe, to Albin and Mary Rose (Moravec) Nemec. Her mother died shortly after Arlene was born, and she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Charles and Clara Pulkrabek. She grew up in rural Glencoe, attended country school at District 6 Koniska School and graduated in 1946 from Stevens Seminary in Glencoe.
On Sept. 30, 1952, she was united in marriage to Harry Wendolek by the Rev. Albert Slechta at St. Joseph’s Church, now Holy Family, in Silver Lake. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Mark and Dean.
The couple engaged in dairy and crop farming for many years in Hale Township, McLeod County. At age 26, Mr. Wendolek was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. His parents returned to the farm from their retirement home in Silver Lake to keep it going, and Mrs. Wendolek returned to Charles and Clara Pulkrabek’s home. Two years later, Mr. Wendolek returned home and they resumed farming.
Mrs. Wendolek was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, embroidery, sewing blankets for her church bazaar and feeding the birds and pheasants in her front yard. She loved playing Polish Poker with her friends at Cedar Crest in Silver Lake.
Mrs. Wendolek was always upbeat, had a great sense of humor and could hardly keep from laughing when telling a humorous story. She was not afraid to strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger.
She was very proud to donate blood as often as six times a year for many years, totaling 18 gallons, and was still giving blood at age 88.
She is survived by her sons, Mark (Carol) Wendolek of Cokato and Dean (Julie) Wendolek of Silver Lake; grandchildren, Beth Keith, Aaron (Natasha) Wendolek, Eric Wendolek, Cole Wendolek, Lucas Wendolek and Logan Wendolek; and great-grandchildren, Caleb Keith, Issabelle Wendolek and Mackenzie Wendolek.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harry on July 17, 2009; aunt and uncle, Clara and Charles Pulkrabek; her parents; three brothers; one sister; two stepbrothers; and one stepsister. She was the last surviving child of the Albin and Mary Rose Nemec family.
Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.mareshfuner