Gene E. Bisek

August 10, 1935 - October 6, 2020

Eugene E. “Gene” Bisek, age 85, of New Prague, died peacefully after a brief illness on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.  Gene was born on August 10, 1935 in New Prague to Emil F. and Mary N. (Novak) Bisek.  After graduating from New Prague High School, Gene entered the US Air Force and was stationed in Saudi Arabia.  He married Sandra Swygart in Vale, OR on February 2, 1957.  The couple had 3 children together.  Gene married Mary A. Thorne on June 8, 1985 in New Prague and enjoyed 35 wonderful years together.  Gene worked for many years for Schmidt Brewery and Cenex.  The occupation which gave him the most joy, however, and from which he retired, was as a bus driver for New Prague School District.  Beloved by his bus students, Gene also brought magic  to the lives of hundreds of children for many, many years every Christmas serving as Santa’s helper.  With his affable personality, his ready smile, kindness, and the gift of gab, Gene gravitated to anything that allowed him to be with people.  He was a dedicated member of the Eagles, a cubmaster when his son was in Cub Scouts, and an avid member of the New Prague Hockey Association.  He loved sports, especially hockey, football, and baseball.  He enjoyed fishing and playing cards.  Gene loved life, living it to the fullest and loved nothing more than being surrounded by his children and grandchildren.  He lived out the caption found under his photo in his high school yearbook, “I shall laugh and laugh.”  He could most recently be seen travelling down Main Street on his motorized scooter, keeping an eye on the improvements to the street and stopping to visit with whomever he passed along the way.  The twinkle in his eyes and the warmth in his voice will be missed by so very many.


Gene is survived by his loving wife, Mary of New Prague; children, Tami Madsen (Bill Hulett) of Maple Lake, Kim (Jim) Ries of New Prague, Jim (Michelle) Bisek of Jordan; step-children, David Carlson of Litchfield, Patrick (Lori) Carlson of Zimmerman, Kimberly Carlson of Arizona, Desiree (Cindy) Birmingham of Austin, TX; step-daughter-in-law, Kathy Carlson of Chaska; grandchildren, Cassie Madsen (fiancé, Zack Friedli), Caleb Madsen, Nathan (Jolene) Ries, Tiana (Chris) Nelson, Brandon (Sam) Ries, Jamie (Dustin) Durham, Evan, Abby, and Corbett Bisek; step-grandchildren, Mattie & Andy Born & Samantha & Ben Carlson; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, George (Carol) Bisek of Lindstrom, Judie Cervenka of St. Patrick.  He is preceded in death by first wife, Sandra Swygart in 2001; parents; Son-in-law, Michael Madsen; Step-son, Victor Carlson; step-grandson, Cole Carlson; brother, Leonard Bisek.


Memorial Celebration of Life Service for the immediate family will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm at FaithPoint Lutheran Church with Reverend Dr. Steve Trewartha officiating.  A larger celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date when Covid restrictions have been lifted.

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Ryan Hauser
1 month ago

Gene was always a top notch great guy! Rest easy Gene!

Brian and Judy Dohm
2 months ago

We will miss his jovial personality and cheerful nature. We are so sorry to hear of this and wishing peace and comfort to you Mary and his family.

JeNean Erickson
2 months ago

Our sympathy is extended to Gene’s family. He was one of the friendliest guys around! Our children worked with Gene at Snyder’s and just loved him!

2 months ago

He will be missed, he was always so friendly and loving

Heather&kevin Hover
2 months ago

So sad to hear about Gene. Prayers for you and your family

2 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Gene was one heck of a guy as I knew him from the Air Force at Mtn Home, Idaho. Also attended his wedding in Oregon many year ago. Yes, he was one heck of an airman and friend.

Colleen and Gary Buszmann
2 months ago

We are so very sorry to hear the sad news of Gene’s passing. He was a wonderful man who always stopped to talk to us uptown or wherever we would run into him. He had such a lovely smile that made a person feel so good talking to him. Everyone loved Gene and I know he will be missed by many.

Vicki Fruetel
2 months ago

My condolences to Mary & family! I loved Gene for the happy go-lucky gentle man he was. He will truly be missed by all! Rest In Peace Gene! May God’s Peace & Comfort surround you Mary!

Lori Hodapp
2 months ago

Gene touched so many with his positivity and caring interactions. He was not only a resident of New Prague, he exemplified the best of New Prague. My thoughts are with your family. ♥️.

nancye williams
2 months ago

My dear Mary, and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to know the pain you feel. Life has not been kind this year. I pray for all of your family as you enter into this season of grieving and the bitter sweet celebration of Genes life. My heart is breaking for your family. Love Nancye.

Tom and Marcia W.
2 months ago

To the family – Gene will be missed so much, but his infectious smile and happy go lucky demeanor brightens anyone’s day that knew Gene. I just recently saw him at Coborns in New Prague, MN and gave him a hard time and he of course very politely “gave it right back” with smiles on both of our faces!
He will be deeply missed. Blessings to your family and he would want all of us to miss him but keep our heads high and to keep spreading love and kindness to everyone!

Ken and Kathy Clark
2 months ago

Mary and Family, We are very sad to hear of Gene’s passing. He was a great communicator to everyone he interacted with and a great friend. Our prayers are with you.

Joleen & Dave Hover
2 months ago

We are very sorry to hear about Gene’s passing! Gene always had a smile and story to share with us. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family!

Craig Most
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I had the privilege to work with him for many years at the bus garage. He always came to work with a smile on his face. Great employee, and always willing to help when he could. RIP my friend. You will be missed.

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