Rita M. Jelinek

August 26, 1932 - October 21, 2019

Rita M. Jelinek, age 87, died peacefully on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Mala Strana Rehabilitation and Care Center.  Rita was born on August 26, 1932 in Montgomery, MN to Adolph T. and Mary (Bednar) Kucera.  She graduated from Montgomery High School and married Richard F. “Jeff” Jelinek on June 27, 1953 in Montgomery.  Along with her husband, Rita owned and operated Jeff’s Clothing for three decades keeping the men and women of New Prague fashionable and well dressed as she always was.  More than anything, Rita loved spending time with her family and was an exemplary homemaker.  She enjoyed the company of younger people and was always interested in their perspective. Rita was an avid reader and a dedicated sacristan at St. Wenceslaus Church for many years.


Rita is survived by her son, Jeffrey of Minneapolis; daughter, Mary Jelinek & husband, Michael Ekblad of Eagan; grandchildren, Sadie Jelinek, Maximilian Jelinek, Mikaela Bagley; great-granddaughter, Nadya Jelinek; siblings, Andy (Myrtle) Kucera of Montgomery, Fritz (Mary Ann) Kucera of New Prague, Therese Kelly of Crystal, Lucy Halloran of Chaska, John (Sandy) Kucera of Medford, Katy (Phil) Edmundson of Lethbridge, Alberta, Bob (Sharon) Kucera of Faribault.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Jeff on April 7, 2010; daughter-in-law, Michelle Jelinek; parents; sisters, Ludy McGaughey, Delores Schriener; brother, Steve Kucera.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM at  St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father George Grafsky officiating.  Visitation will take place at Bruzek Funeral Home from 9 – 10:30 AM (same day).  Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at the KC Hall.  Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

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Charlene A. Skluzacek
9 months ago

To Mary and Jeff, as a young wife and mother I worked at The Country Curl salon in New Prague. I had our third child and paying daycare so I could work was expensive. I had gone into Jeff’s Clothing store and Rita helped me select a suit my husband Don needed probably a wedding or something. I still think to this day I was given a very special deal that day everything was on sale. I was able to talk to Rita about that suit and after Jeff died. I thanked her for that discounted suit, shirt, and tie.… Read more »

JeNean Moore Erickson
9 months ago

Jeff, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful, classy, friendly Mom. What a great lady she was! I am also sorry that I will not be able to attend your Mom’s service on Friday. Please know that you, Mary, and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jean Zimanske
9 months ago

My sympathy to Rita’s family and friends. Rita was the epitome of “”class”; in her looks, her fashion style, her smile and caring personality. I enjoyed getting to know her through the many years of taking care of her at the dental office. I will miss her.

Kenny and Nancy Tietz
9 months ago

Rita was a wonderful neighbor. We enjoyed many years of friendship with both her and Jeff. Rest In Peace Rita.

Lucy Halloran
9 months ago

Rita, my sister. I never called her my sister… I always called her Mother. We had lots of fun together with much laughing. Our families spent tons of holidays together.
I will miss her and of course I will miss her calling me Lou as she stretched out the name.
May you Mother, Sister and Friend Rest in Peace.

Don & Rosie Hauer
9 months ago
Reply to  Lucy Halloran

Lucy, we were sorry to hear of Rita’s death. We know she had a long and fulfilling life and she was ready to meet her Lord. Knowing your brothers, Andy and Fritz, we send you all our condolences, and to your families. I remember going into Jeff’s, and seeing Rita there to help as I shopped. Always a smile….just like you, dear friend. Love and blessings.

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