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.