Clarence J. Smisek, age 93, of New Prague, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague.  Clarence was born April 12, 1923 in Wheatland Township, Rice County, MN to Fred and Emma (Havel) Smisek.  He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from New Prague High School.  On June 3, 1948, Clarence married Janice M. Kubes in New Prague and the couple lived on their farm outside Veseli, where they raised their three children. Clarence worked as a dairy farmer his entire life.  The most important things in Clarence's life were his faith,his family, and his farm.

Clarence was on the board of Rice County Planning and Zoning, was an AMPI Director, a member of the KC 4th Degree, a former New Prague School Board Member, a Holy Cross Catholic School Advocate, and a member of the Most Holy Trinity Church Men's Club. Music was also a very big part of Clarence's life and he enjoyed singing with the Most Holy Trinity Church Choir and the New Prague Czech Singers.   He rounded out his activities with his enjoyment of traveling, especially his fishing trips to Osakis. 

Clarence is survived by his children, David (Cathy) Smisek of New Prague, Francis “Fritz” (Laur) Smisek of  Veseli, Mary Howe of Mora; grandchildren, Jessica and Amy Smisek, and Sara Howe.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Janice on June 6, 2003; parents, Fred and Emma; brother, Albert Smisek; sister, Margaret “Margie” Novotny.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Veseli with Father Michael Miller and Father John Lapensky officiating.  Visitation will take place Monday from 4-8 and Tuesday morning from 7:30-9:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home.  Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague followed by lunch at the KC Hall.