In Memory of Leola Marek

Visitation

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday April 15, 2018
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Visitation

9:30 am
Monday April 16, 2018
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am
Monday April 16, 2018
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Leola Catherine Marek, age 91 of River Falls, died on April 11, 2018 at Our House Senior Living, surrounded by her family. Leola was born April 30, 1926 in Trimbelle Township, WI to parents Theodore Joseph and Dena (Lorena Mary Buck) Mark. She attended schools in Ellsworth. Leola was united in marriage to Jerome Marek on November 14, 1945. Their union in marriage would be blessed with eleven children and Leola adored her life with their family.

A devoted wife and mother, Leola lived the life of a farm wife. Her life revolved around her children, and she would care for them any way she could. She was always there to help. Leola also grew beautiful and bountiful gardens, and canned much of what she grew. Leola loved to sew and crochet, and was a gifted quilter as well. She crocheted a precious blanket for every new baby in the family. Not only did she make baby blankets for others, but she made them with love. Her family cherishes the many items made from her hands. Leola enjoyed reading books, and found time, daily, to pray the Rosary. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Leola is survived by her children, Richard (Marcia) Marek, Catherine (Roger) Oestreich, Linda (John) Patraw, Janie Marek, Randall (Janice) Marek, Norman (Tracy) Marek, Dena (Carlos) Figi, Rebecca (Ronald) Radke, Melissa (Jeff) Hayes, and Sandra (Brian) Gilbertson; twenty-six grandchildren; and thirty-eight great-grandchildren, with another expected in June. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Leola was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome; an infant son, Theodore Francis Marek; her parents, her brother, Harry; and her sister, Theodora.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Monday, April 16th at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church of River Falls, with Rev. Fr. Jerry Harris officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass at church, and also from 3:00-6:00pm on Sunday at the church. Leola will be laid to rest beside her husband Jerome at St. Mary’s Big River Catholic Church Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls, WI. 715-425-5644

Leola's Tribute Wall

Tributes (3):

  • A strong, kind women that love her family unconditionally. Always surported me and my children during any tough times. During those
    hard times she taught me to always hold my head up high, move on like nothing going to get you down. The best message ever from my mom eccept how she taught me to love and forgive. . I continue to hear these words in my head, when times are hard. I am proud to call her my Mom. I will always miss her, will forever hold her deep in my heat. My heart is full of joy knowing she is with my Dad and my brother. She has no more worries, no more sorrows and no more pain. “I love you Mom and I will miss you, my memories of you will never fade, they will be tuck safely in my heart, to pull out on those days I need your comfort,
    Until my day comes when we will be reunited. Which would be the most joyous day for me, the day you, dad, my brother and love ones that went before me, takes me to see Jesus. Thank you Mom, for everything you have ever done for me.” With all of my love,
    your daughter, Janie

  • A strong, kind women that love her family unconditionally. Always surported me and my children during any tough times. During tough times she taught me to always hold your head up high. I still hear those words in my head when times are hard. I am proud to call her my Mom. I will always miss her but will forever be held deep in my heart. Until I see her on the other side. My heart is full of joy because I know she is with my Dad and my brother. No more worries, no more sorrows and pain. “I love you Mom and my day will come when we will reunited and this will be a joyous day for me! Thank you Mom, for everything you have ever done for me.” With all of my love your daughter, Janie

  • Leola was such a kind woman. I rented from her a long time ago and never forgot her kindness. Thoughts and prayers to her family.