Julia R. Bisek

August 31, 1938 - January 30, 2020

Julia Bisek, age 81, of New Prague, formerly of Minneapolis, died peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Mala Strana Care and Rehabilitation Center.  Julia was born on August 31, 1938 in New Prague to Julius T. and Albina M. (Kriha) Bisek.   After graduating from New Prague High School, Julia moved to Minneapolis, worked for Donaldson’s for a short time, and then worked in sales for Dayton’s, where she remained until retiring at age 65.  Julia had a kind and generous spirit, who supported many charities and was active in Incarnation Catholic Church,  A ready conversationalist, she made friends wherever she  went.  One could always find her on her Tuesday bus trips to Mystic Lake because she was famous for her big straw hat.  She loved taking long walks to enjoy  flowers and birds.  Julia was an avid bowler and was even noted to have a 277 game!  She was a  Minnesota Twins “super fan” and collected much memorabilia, such as books and bobbleheads.  She loved time and travel with her family and her many nieces and nephews;  a favorite trip took her by train to Canada.


Julia is survived by her brother, Julius “Sonny” Bisek of New Prague; sisters, Alice (Bill) Janousek of Jordan and Juanita Hartman of Hampton, VA; sister-in-law, Lynette Bisek of New Prague; many loving nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Angie Ruehling; brother, Jerome BIsek.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Father Kevin Clinton officiating.  Visitation will take place 1 hour prior to Mass from 10 – 11 AM at the funeral home.  Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at the KC Hall.

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Rose Block
6 months ago

Julia taught me to appreciate nature, on our walks to church. She would help us at our Boutique sale giving us her years of experience from Dayton’s on how to make a display “flow”. We shared a of love of hats, the Minnesota Twins and a cold beer on a warm day. I will miss Julia in the back pew at the early mass at Incarnation.

Ann O'Grady-Schneider
6 months ago

I too was a neighbor of Julia’s in our shared apartment building at 35th and Dupont Ave. S., and will greatly miss her friendliness and good humor. One favorite memory: On a long walk down to nearby Lake Harriet Bandshell to attend a Minneapolis Pops Orchestra concert together the summer before last, I enjoyed her telling me some memories about growing up in New Prague: her family’s proud Czech heritage; how she had overcome a reading difficulty challenge as a gradeschool student, with the devoted help of her parents; how her father had had a very large and beautiful vegetable… Read more »

Father Kevin McDonough
6 months ago

We miss Julia at Incarnation Church in Minneapolis. She was with us every week, in the last row at the 9:00 AM Mass. She always had her straw boater and friendly smile. We are remembering her throughout the week at Mass. May she continuing smiling in heaven!

Sandra Shetka
6 months ago

Julia was so known for that straw hat and daily seen taking walks in the neighborhood. I’m so lucky that I got to live on her floor and get to know her through our Czech heritage and New Prague background. I took delight in sharing vomatchka, booya , or kolacky with her. She would joyfully talk about her mother and the many good things she could bake. She revolved her life around her family. She was so proud of her nieces and nephews. She was an avid reader who could have a conversation about many things. Julia always brightened my… Read more »

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