Margaret Bartusek

July 16, 1938 - May 18, 2020

Margaret A. Bartusek, age 81, of Veseli, died suddenly after a short illness on Monday, May 18, 2020 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.  Margaret was born on July 16, 1938 in New Prague to Edward F. and Agnes A. (Valek) Bastyr.  She attended St. Wenceslaus Parochial School and graduated from New Prague High School.  She married the love of her life, Richard M. Bartusek on April 19, 1958 at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague.  Primarily a loving mother and a dedicated farm wife, Margaret also worked as a bookkeeper for Minnesota Valley Breeders Association and later as a waitress at Wild Outdoors.  She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the New Prague Czech Concertina Club.  A woman of faith, her church was important to her and she was involved with the Altar Society and the Most Holy Trinity choir.  Margaret was very much a people person; she had a happy heart and a gentle caring soul, always putting others above herself.  She enjoyed dances and polka music and especially enjoyed traveling to band gigs with her son, Jim.  Travel was a major love of hers and she saw many European countries, Canada, Alaska & Hawaii in addition to many of the lower 48 states.  Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life and they will miss her baking, cooking, gardens and the hugs and smiles for which she was famous.


Margaret is survived by her children, Jim (Carla) Bartusek of Northfield, Rick (Cathy) Bartusek of Webster, Bruce (Jodi) Bartusek of Webster, Michelle (Mike) Leahy of Jordan; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Edward (Mary Alice) Bastyr of Prior Lake, Gerald (Shirley Bastyr of Jordan, Karen (Jerome) Zweber of Beaverton, OR, Edith (Glenn) Svoboda of Prior Lake, Gloria (Leo) Jacques of Jordan, Ronald Bastyr of Jordan.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard on October 19, 1999; her parents.


Private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 22, 2020 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Veseli followed by burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Veseli.

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10 months ago
S.Adelia Sirek
11 months ago

I am the daughter of Matt Sirek who was a brother to Mayme Valek, and we often visited her. I was a year behind Margaret her in high school. You are in my thoughts and prayers

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Ken & Connie Svoboda
11 months ago

Jim, Rick, Bruce and Shelly, We were so surprised and sad to see that your mom had past away. We always had such nice conversations with her. Margie was so kind and always had a smile on her face. We will miss her. Take Care, Ken & Connie Svoboda

Darlene M Wondra
11 months ago

Jim, our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother. Margaret always had a smile and a “hello”, we will miss her.

Dennis Sticha
11 months ago

Will be missed by us Margaret has a great family and she’s a great lady

Carol Kotasek
11 months ago

My deepest sympathy to her family. She was a kind spirited friend with a fun loving heart. She will be missed …

Lu Dibbert Grack
11 months ago

My Deepest sympathy to all of your family! May God give you strength and comfort .

Mary Olson
11 months ago

Bruce and family – your Mom was a very special lady. I can’t remember when or where I met her, maybe at one of Fritz’s famous Halloween parties. It was the strangest thing but it seemed that wherever I would go grocery shopping, be it Faribault, Northfield, Prior Lake or wherever I would see her and we’d chit chat for a few minutes. I saw her in Walgreen’s in New Prague at one point and we laughed that neither one of us were grocery shopping. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and hope that you will… Read more »

Dave and Donna Fuglsang
11 months ago

Jim and family,We are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, we are thinking if you and your family and keeping you in prayer.

Czech Area Concertina Club
11 months ago

We are so sorry for your loss,Margie will be missed by so many.She came to all our events and we will miss seeing her.Our sympathy to you all.

Gary Pikal
11 months ago

Jim, my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother.

Tom & Anita
11 months ago

Rick and Cathy and the rest of the Bartusek families,so sorry to hear of your moms passing. she was a kind and wonderful person. wish these were better times for all,that we could be there with you. sympathies to you all.

Cindy Ambroz
11 months ago

Very sorry to hear this. Whenever I saw Margie we were never short for conversation! She was so soft spoken and had the kindest heart. My sympathy to your family.

Melvin and Linda Korbel
11 months ago

Margie was such a wonderful person. She cared about everyone, always asking how someone injured or ill was doing. We will miss her beautiful smile and cheerful personality. Our prayers go out to all of Margie’s family at this very sad time. Rest In Peace sweet lady!

Ken and Rosella Kes
11 months ago

We will miss her at Bingo and wherever we met her no matter where we were at she was a very nice person to talk too. Many MVE parties that we shared the evening with your parents. Very loving and caring!

Helen Edel
11 months ago

I knew Margie for many years and we were best friends. She was a special friend she will be missed greatly❤️ Thoughts and prayers to all family. Love to all Helen.

shirley trcka
11 months ago

To Margaret’s children: Margaret and I were classmates and very good friends in high school–the Prom, double dating, and after graduation working at MVBA in New Prague. She, Phyllis Kallal, and I have stayed in touch for the last several years, meeting for lunch at various places in the spring and again in the fall of the year. I spoke with Margaret about a week and a half ago; I can’t believe she is gone. She always ended our phone calls with “I love you.” Margaret is the 28th member of our Class of ’56 to pass away. Take care… Read more »

Jean Keogh
11 months ago

Jim and Family, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Remember your parents and your family from Most Holy Trinity Church growing up. My parents were Jim and Marcy Tupy. Dad passed away in 2015. Your mother was an angel — a very kind and caring lady. She will be missed. God bless all of you during this time. Keeping you and yours in our thoughts and prayers. Ed & Jean(Tupy) Keogh, Montgomery

Katie DeGross
11 months ago

Bastyr siblings, you have my sympathy. I did not know your sister personally but she worked with my mom, Loretta many years ago at Minnesota Valley Breeders Association. She sounded like a wonderful person just like you all.
Katie (Zweber) DeGross

sally odenthal
11 months ago

Thought and prayers and Hugs go out to your families at this difficult time. Sorry for your loss she was a Beautiful person enjoyed talking to her. Prayers again.

Mary Jo & Gary Turek
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Margie was such a wonderful sweet lady. Blessing to the whole family.

Jeanne and Joe Shetka
11 months ago

So very sorry for your loss.

Patty Solheid
11 months ago

My heart if so heavy and sad. Your mom was a gem. She was always happy and never, never said anything bad about anyone. She was one of my mom’s best friend and my mom will forever miss her! Hold dear and near all the wonderful memories that you had with her.
Love your entire family,
Patty Solheid

Nancy Fierst
11 months ago

Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to you and your families. Your Mom was such a beautiful lady!! She always was so friendly and kind and always had that beautiful smile on her face. Always enjoyed visiting with her whenever we met. She enjoyed life and having a good time. May the beautiful memories of her be held close in your hearts.. So sorry for your loss! Nancy and Randy

Cathy Beuch
11 months ago

My sympathies to the Bartusek family!

Angela Pietz
11 months ago

Sending huggs and Love to all of the Bartusek’s. May you remember the beautiful moments forever. She will be missed by many. Love you all!

Sue Jacobs & Paul Tuma
11 months ago

Jim, Rick, Bruce & Shelly – We are so sorry to hear about Margie. We will miss her deeply. Such a beautiful person she was. Sending Big HUGS to you all. May you cherish all of the memories you have together.

Carol Prochaska
11 months ago

I’m so sorry to hear about Margie! She was such a sweet person , she will be missed very much. My prayers to her family.

Kim Howard
11 months ago

I will sadly miss Marge. She was such a sweet lady. My condolences go out to her family. Especially Bruce, Jodi and Dustin. I will always remember the time we spent together. Blessed be this wonderful lady.

Carol Sery
11 months ago

My deepest sympathy to all of you. Margie was such a beautiful, kind woman who was like a second mom to me. She will be so missed!

Kathy Piehl Meggers
11 months ago

I will miss her dearly. Always a friendly hello from her. I saw her alot at dances, always dancing up a storm, and not that long ago dancing to The Dakota Ramblers at the Legion in Lonsdale. My deepest sympathy to the family

Melissa martinson
11 months ago

Carla and Jim, My hearts go out to you and the rest of your family. I’m so sorry. Crazy spring for so many, God Bless you all. Melissa (Missy) Martinson

Victoria Cross
11 months ago

Michelle please except my sincere sympathy at the loss of your mother. What a shock she was always so happy when I saw her at the festivities and Turkey bingo. They say they go in threes and she was the second now after Stan Chromy.

Dan and darlene
11 months ago

Thinking of you dear cousins. We will miss her

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