Rose L. “Rosie” Pikal, age 84, of New Prague, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center.  Rosie was born on March 14, 1933 on the family farm in Veseli to Edward J and Ludmilla (Pavek) Ziskovsky.  Rosie attended Most Holy Trinity Parochial School and New Prague High School.  She married Mahlon J. Pikal on September 18, 1951 in Veseli.  Rosie was a farm homemaker until her children were raised and then she began her “second career” as a nursing assistant at Queen of Peace Hospital, where she worked for 20 years.  She was also an Avon representative for many years.  Rosie belonged to a Ladies Home Extension Club for over 55 years and this, along with most of the activities closest to her heart fed her very social nature.  She loved people and none more than her family.  She could often be found on her golf cart, traveling down the road to visit her children and grandchildren.  She loved cooking and baking, especially preparing for the major holidays.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed bowling.  Gardening, playing cards, fishing, and shopping rounded out her favorite activities.

Rosie is survived by her husband, Mahlon of Montgomery; children, Gary (Kathy) Pikal of New Prague, Cheryl (Chuck) Perlock of River Falls, WI, Roger (Cheryl) Pikal of Montgomery, Kathy Pikal (Suzanne Litsheim) of Montgomery, Tom (Marilyn) Pikal of Winthrop, Karen Sleva (Matt Lichty) of Montgomery; sister, Dorothy (Don) Geiger of New Prague; sister-in-law, Carol Ziskovsky of New Prague; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward & Ludmilla Ziskovsky; son-in-law, Dave Sleva; brothers, George, Edward, & Leonard Ziskovsky.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 12:30 PM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Kevin Clinton officiating.  Visitation will be held in church, starting at 9:00 AM.  Burial will take place at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at the KC Hall.  Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.