Arlene Mae Wendolek, age 91, of Silver Lake passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at her residence. She was born on October 9, 1931 in Glencoe the daughter of Carl & Blanche (Ruzicka) Jilek. Arlene was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1948. On October 18, 1949, Arlene M. Jilek and John T. Wendolek Jr. were joined in holy marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with five children.
Arlene and John engaged in farming for fifty-eight years. They moved into Silver Lake in 2005. John preceded his loving wife in death on August 18, 2020. She loved gardening, baking, making doilies, going to the casino, Senior Citizens and the coffee club. Arlene was a social person! She was a faithful, longtime member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
Survived by her loving children: Michael (Susan) Wendolek, Joyce (Todd) Rosenow, Jean (Neal) Oleson and Julie (Fritz) Juno; a daughter-in-law: Linda Wendolek; eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren; a sister: Yvonne Nowak; other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Arlene was preceded in death by a son Robert “Bob” Wendolek, her parents, a brother Ron (Veronica) Jilek and by a brother-in-law Louis Nowak and brother-in-law & sister-in-law Harry and Arlene Wendolek.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, Minnesota.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Arlene Wendolek will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, Minnesota.
Father John Hayes will be the Celebrant.
Casket Bearers will be Grandchildren: Heidi Kolasinski, Jeff Chalupsky, Megan Oleson, Erin Ferris, Jill Kohlmann, Nate Oleson, Jake Wendolek, Joe Wendolek, Jesse Wendolek, Chad Wendolek, and Josh Wendolek; Step-Grandchildren: Brandon Rosenow and Adam Rosenow.
Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery in Silver Lake, Minnesota.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake, Minnesota. Online condolences can be directed to www.themareshfuneralhome.com.