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Charles J. Vacek, 97, of Brownton

Charles Vacek
Charles J. Vacek, 97, a lifelong resident of Brownton, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 18, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart with the Rev. Gerald  S. Meidl officiating.
Marjorie Navara was the organist and Tony Grack was the lector.
 
Casket bearers were Joe Vacek, Charlie Vacek, Patrick Morelli, David Vacek, John Rosenau, Jeremiah Kurtz and LeRoy Lofgren.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
 
Charles Joseph Vacek was born Feb. 9, 1919, at his parents’ home in Collins Township, McLeod County, the son of Charles and Anna (Popelka) Vacek. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart. He received his kindergarten through seventh-grade education at the little round schoolhouse on Highway 212, eighth grade at St. Boniface Catholic School, and graduated from Glencoe High School.
 
On Sept. 14, 1946, he was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Liska at St. Stanislaus Church in St. Paul. They made their home in Collins Township, rural Brownton, where they raised their children, Charles and Margaret. They shared 65 years of marriage before Mrs. Vacek’s death on May 24, 2012.
 
Mr. Vacek was a kind and gentle man who devoted his life to the farm, his family and, most importantly, to his faith. He spent all of his working years as a farmer, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to the animals and the fields. After retiring, he continued to enjoy helping with the farm work and spending time in his workshop. He cherished the time spent with his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Vacek was strongly rooted in his Catholic faith and was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stewart.
 
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles M. and Barb Vacek of Stewart; daughter, Margaret Morelli of Bayfield, Colorado; grandchildren, Joseph (Nikki) Vacek, Jennifer (John) Rosenau, Charles D. (Erin) Vacek, Patrick (Kristina) Morelli, Jessica (Jeremiah) Kurtz, Mary (Tony) Grack, Christine (LeRoy) Lofgren, David (Rachel) Vacek and Melissa Vacek; 20 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; and his siblings and their spouses, Monsignor Joseph Vacek, Helen and Bernard Kuttner and Mary and John Popelka.