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Deborah Hlavka, 95, of Wayzata

Deborah Hlavka, 95, of Wayzata, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at Hillcrest of Wayzata Golden Living Center.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson with the Rev. Carol Chmielewski officiating. Music was provided by Barb Wawryzniak as organist and soloist.
Casket bearers were Ray Hlavka, Dave Knutson, Aaron Macmurdo and Craig Roepke.
Interment was in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Silver Lake.
Deborah “Debbie” Hlavka was born Oct. 16, 1911, in Cashmere, Washington, the daughter of Olaf and Alma (Oldson) Lee. She had three older brothers, Harry, Laverne and Aarie. Sometime in her young teens, the family relocated to Seattle, Washington.
Debbie would shop for groceries for her family at the Pike Street Market in downtown Seattle and met Dominic Galianese. She had appendix surgery a short while later, and chose to recover at the home of Dominic Galianese’s parents, instead of with her own family. A relationship began, and at the age of 16, she married Mr. Galianese in Seattle on Feb. 11, 1938. Five children were born during this marriage, Donny, Toni, Sandra, Diane, and Frank. She left the marriage after 10 years, and moved to Minnesota in 1948. The divorce became final on Aug. 3, 1950.
In Minnesota, Debbie attended school to become a weaver, and mended holes in fabrics. She soon met a sailor named Mark and they were engaged before long. Debbie lived in a boarding house, where women lived on the second floor and men on the first floor. One day, walking down the street to mail a letter to Mark, a young man stopped his car and asked if she needed a ride. She accepted. This young man lived on the first floor of her boarding house. His name was Ed Hlavka. Debbie’s short engagement to Mark ended; she had fallen in love with Ed. Ed and Debbie's relationship grew and on Feb. 27, 1951, they were married in Silver Lake. The couple resided in Hopkins and Minnetonka. They shared 64 years of marriage before Mr. Hlavka died on Aug. 26, 2015.
Mrs. Hlavka held employment  at Qualitone in St. Louis Park, where she made hearing aids.  In 1969, she and her husband opened Piccadilly Circle in Yorktown Mall in Edina. The store sold Hummel figurines and other high-end items. In 1973, they downsized the business and moved the store to the opposite end of the mall.  Between 1980 and 1984, they decided to sell Piccadilly Circle to Don and Marlus Byerly. For five years thereafter, Mrs. Hlavka continued to manage the store. She then worked for the next several years at Umaga Gift Mart for Joanne and Bill Maravelas, where she wrote wholesale purchase orders.
Debbie and Ed Hlavka enjoyed traveling together. In their younger years, they would hire a plane and fly to Canada for fishing trips. Their travels included Tennessee, Las Vegas, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, Knott’s Berry Farm and Palm Springs in California, and Walt Disney World in Florida. While in Florida, they purchased a lot with the intentions of someday building a retirement home for themselves. To this day, they still own the lot, but never built on the land.
At home in Minnesota, the couple enjoyed going to Mystic Lake Casino, where they played the slot machines and frequently won. Mrs. Hlavka had a love for ice skating, but after an injury, she was never able to skate again. Crocheting afghans for relatives and friends was a beloved pastime of hers. She was often found “working on one.” She was an excellent seamstress, and even made the curtains and drapes in their Hopkins home.
When the Hlavkas needed assistance with their daily care, they both became residents of Hillcrest of Wayzata Golden Living Center in 2015. Mrs. Hlavka continued to live there after her husband died.
Debbie is survived by her daughter, Toni White of Minneapolis, and son, Dominic Galianese of Spokane, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and Olaf Lee; daughters, Sandra Wheeler and Diane Wren; son, Frank “Happy” Galianese; and brothers, Harry Peterson, Laverne Roy Lee and Aarie Lee.