obituary header
Welcome to the memorial page for

Mildred Plihal

December 18, 1919 ~ September 24, 2017 (age 97)

Mildred Lydia Plihal, age 97, of Hutchinson passed away on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 at Woodstone Senior Living Community.

She was born on December 18, 1919 in Silver Lake the daughter of Frank & Christine (Slama) Zrust.

Mildred graduated from Silver Lake High School with Honors in 1937.  While in high school, she received the Best Girl Citizenship Award and was active in the Glee Club, Girls Basketball and Girl Scouts.   Her classmate and best friend Eleanore Poshek Ashman lives in California.

On October 21, 1941, Millie was united in marriage to David Plihal by Reverend J. Mrazek at The Czech Brethren Presbyterian Church of Silver Lake.  God blessed their marriage with two children and lasted sixty-three years until David’s death on November 14, 2004.  She was a lifelong member of Faith Presbyterian Church.

During her full lifetime, she was also a resident of Hutchinson.   There she enjoyed the love of flowers and was devoted to her family.  Her children remember all the raspberries and vegetables growing behind the tall shasta daisy hedge on Oakland Avenue.   She also had a beautiful peony hedge and Irises at the Jefferson Street home.


For twenty plus years of employment consisted of The Empress Café, Zeleny’s Ben Franklin and Woolworth in Hutchinson.

Her enjoyment was playing piano and being a gracious hostess.  She enjoyed baking pans of kolaches, old fashioned raised filled doughnuts, apple pies and apple strudel from a Haralson apple tree which was a Mother’s Day gift from Tom when he was a carry out boy at Torgrimson’s Red Owl.

She loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.   Millie was the oldest of five generations!

Millie will be lovingly remembered by a daughter: Carolyn Rech of Glencoe; a son: Thomas LeRoy Plihal and wife Valarie of South Haven and Texas; grandchildren: Scott & Steffi Rech, Todd & Colleen Rech, Jennie Plihal (Peg Turrentine) and Brian & Angie Honkomp; great grandchildren:  Alex Rech, Niki & Eric Settergren, Kennedy & Franklin Rech, Sidney & Spencer Frismanis and Isabelle & Preston Honkomp; great, great grandchildren: Mikila & Kedence Settergren.

Millie was a great, great aunt on both sides and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husband David, she is preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, a grandson Timothy Plihal in 1999, by her parents, five sisters Irene, Camilla, Helen, Harriet and Lorraine and by four brothers Fred, Frank, LeRoy and Earl.

She lived in our beautiful land of America under seventeen Presidents.  Life is to be lived as best we can and to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:31

Funeral Services for Mildred Lydia (Zrust) Plihal will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.  Pastor Carol Chmielewski will officiate.  Interment will follow at Bohemian National Cemetery.

Vocalists will be Carol Hobart and Roger Sauerbrey.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 29th from 3-7 P.M. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

Casket Bearers will be Scott Rech, Todd Rech, Brian Honkomp, Doug Zrust, Stan Prokosch and Dennis Larson.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family.

 Service Information

September 29, 2017

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Maresh Funeral Home
105 Main Street West
Silver Lake, Minnesota 55381

Funeral Service
September 30, 2017

11:00 AM
Faith Presbyterian Church
108 Main Street West
Silver Lake, Minnesota 55381

© 2019 Maresh Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS