Janet Ceplecha

September 11, 1932 - May 30, 2032

Janet M. Ceplecha, age 90, of New Prague, died peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at St. Gertrude’s in Shakopee. Janet was born on September 11, 1932 in Wheatland Township, Rice County, MN to Edward J. and Julia M. (Malecha) Novak. She grew up in the Veseli area, attending country school and then graduated from New Prague High School. She married John F. Ceplecha on October 13, 1951 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Veseli. Janet was dedicated to her family and raising her 3 children and also worked as a cook for New Prague Public Schools for many years. She was a member of the Altar Society at Most Holy Trinity in her younger years. Janet was an avid bowler and belonged to Women’s Leagues. She also enjoyed traveling with John, with many fishing trips up north and traveling with friends to the states of Tennessee and Wyoming. After John’s death, she continued to travel and those destinations took her farther afield to Alaska and the Czech Republic. Janet’s gardens were always enviable, showcasing her green thumb! In her quiet times, she enjoyed crossword puzzles and word games.

Janet is survived by her children, Roxanne Vanasek of New Prague, John Ceplecha of Raleigh, NC, Patty Ceplecha (Curt Gold) of Montgomery; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, John on October 24, 2000; parents; brothers, Jerome, Leonard, and Francis Novak.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held Monday, June 12, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Father John Lapensky officiating. A 2-hour visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9-11 AM. Burial will occur following the service at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague, followed by lunch at The Depot.

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Monica LaPierre Dugie
8 months ago

She is missed. Loved to listen to her stories.

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago

Thank you Monica

Dave Chromy
8 months ago

Roxanne, John, and Patty, my sympathies to you in the loss of your dear mother. It was always a pleasure to meet her in the grocery store with her pleasant smile and witty humor. Heaven gained another angel!!

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago
Reply to  Dave Chromy

Thank you Dave. She always was happy to see you and loved talking to you.

JeNean Erickson
8 months ago

Roxanne and family, it was my honor to bring the Eucharist to your Mom the last few months. She was a courageous, sweet woman. My condolences to all of you and may Janet rest in peace.

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago

Thank you JeNean. She loved seeing you on Sunday. She was so thankful to get communion.

Heidi Burville
8 months ago

So very sorry for the loss of your Mom..I remember her always being so cheerful when she came into the Thrift Store. And then when running into you two while you were out running errands together..she was still smiling. Praying you find peace in all the memories you shared together

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago
Reply to  Heidi Burville

Thank you Heidi she loved working and coming to the thrift store. I am grateful for all the memories.

Nancy Fierst
8 months ago

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was always such a caring and fun loving person. Wishing you and your families comfort and peace. Our deepest sympathies are with you all. Randy and Nancy

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago
Reply to  Nancy Fierst

Thank you Nancy and Randy for your kind words and your thoughts of Mom. We sure had some great time.

Jean Sewell
8 months ago

My parents were friends with John and Janet (Milton and Millie Sirek/Millie later married Chuck More). Milton, my dad, died at Queen of Peace hospital in March of 1979. I was a sophomore in high school. John and Janet held vigil outside of the hospital room while my dad was in the active stage of dying. When it was over and we left the room, Janet reached out to me and just held me. She didn’t say a word; just wrapped me so tightly in her arms. I’m 60 years old now and have never forgotten her kindness even after… Read more »

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago
Reply to  Jean Sewell

Hi Jean, I sure remember you and your family and all the fond memories. We spent a lot of time together, Good Times
Thank you for all the kind words. It was so nice to hear from you ♥️

Bob & Liz Nelson
8 months ago

Sending our prayers and sympathy to your family. Cherish the many memories you have
of your Mom and Grandmother. We fondly remember Janet’s friendship.
May God’s Blessings of Love surround your family.

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago

Thank you Bob and Liz. That was so nice and thoughtful to think about our family at this time.

Scotty Ziskovsky
8 months ago

Sorry to hear of your loss.Shared many laughs with your mom and dad.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago

Thank you Scotty and Mickie. Yes it always was a good time when we got together. ♥️

Carol Thomas
8 months ago

Sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers. ❤️

Roxanne Vanasek
8 months ago
Reply to  Carol Thomas

Thank You Carol ♥️

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