Beatrice M. Krocak

September 24, 1920 - October 24, 2018

Beatrice M. Krocak passed away at Mala Strana Skilled Nursing Home on October 24, 2018 at the age of 98 years.

Bea was born on September 24, 1920 to Joseph and Mary (Borak) Novotny.  She was a graduate of New Prague High School and the Minneapolis Vocational School of Nursing where she earned her LPN.


She married Melvin E. Krocak in 1941, and they made their primary home in New Prague, living also in Jordan, MN for some years.  In 1998 she moved to California to be nearer her children, and only recently relocated back to New Prague in February, 2018.


Bea was a wonderfully compassionate nurse, spending most of her career caring for those at Queen of Peace Hospital and then Mala Strana Skilled Nursing Home until her retirement.  After retiring, she volunteered and participated in many areas including the Historical Society, Czech Singers, St. Wenceslaus Choir, Library, and as a Hospice Aide, all in New Prague.  She continued to be "the nurse" to everyone wherever she lived, and children flocked to her, as she possessed the ability to entertain them like none other.  Her door was always open.


She is survived by her children Bill (Pam) Krocak of Houston, TX, Mary Rosendahl of Clovis, CA, and Katie (Don) Nelson of Bakersfield, CA; grandchildren, Matt, Drew, Susan, Joe, Rye and Keir, and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Mary Novotny, husband Melvin Krocak, and grandson David Rosendahl.


Bea was a great mom who raised her kids with lots of love, a listening ear, and a riotous sense of humor.  She taught us to appreciate the little things in life, to value family and friends, to be responsible, and to LAUGH!


She always told us that she'd never stop watching over us. We know she never will. Love you mom, and thanks for everything!


Funeral services will be held at Bruzek funeral home on Tuesday October 30that 10:00 a.m. and interment will follow at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.


Bea’s family wishes to thank the staff members of Mala Strana and MN Hospice for their heartfelt care; Rose Kodet for coming to the rescue; and all of Katie’s hometown friends who more than stepped up to the plate in so many ways.  You are all awesome!




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Pat Kuzelka Erickson
1 year ago

So sorry to hear the loss of your GREAT mother. Yes she was GREAT!!! Not only a great neighbor, a great friend to my mother Loretta Kuzelka. She taught and worked with me in NP hospital many times as I was an aide or candy striper then. A well known wonderful lady to everyone in NP. She is certainly in heaven with friends!! My deepest sympathy to her family.

Ruth Weinandt
1 year ago

What a Blessing Bea was to me I only knew her in her final days, but even in her diminished health, she was a strong woman with a lively sense about her. The day I met Bea was her birthday… Lisa and I brought her flowers – she was grateful and her sense of humor showed up (of course). The next time I stopped by, she was in her bed having a little “discussion” with her daughter (Katie). Obviously Katie wanted to stay until her mother died and Bea was insisting she should go home to California. In the end,… Read more »

T K Alexander
1 year ago

TK Alexander
I feel bad that my condolences are not more contemporaneous . I only knew Ms. Bea through the stories that her son, Bill Krocak, has shared with me over the years, beginning when we were “hooch mates” in Vietnam. I know that Ms. Bea was a fine woman because of the son she raised and how much he and his beautiful wife, loved and admired her.

Pat Tietz
1 year ago

Our granddaughter worked this past spring at Mala Strana and when Bea found out she was Lillian (Tietz) Doherty’s great granddaughter they had many conversations about all the fun they had together. Thea liked her time spent with your mom very much. Our deepest sympathy on your loss.
Terry and Pat Tietz

Linda Steele
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss, what a beautiful woman, I know she will be dearly missed! Sending thoughts and prayers.

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