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Germaine G. (Lhotka) Smutka

November 17, 1924 ~ March 7, 2022 (age 97)


Germaine G.  Smutka, age 97, of Silver Lake passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Cedar Crest.

She was born on November 17, 1924 in Glencoe the daughter of Dana & Christine (Friauf) Lhotka.

On October 22, 1942, Germaine Lhotka & Raymond Smutka were joined in holy marriage at Czech Brethern  Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.   God blessed their marriage with four children.

They farmed N.W. of Silver Lake for many years.   Raymond Smutka preceded his wife in death on September 28, 1987.  

She enjoyed gardening, flowers, cats, old time music, dancing and playing cards.  She also enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends.   She always had cookies to share whenever anyone visited.  Germaine was a great cook!

Germaine was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Mariners.

She was formerly employed at Burns Manor Nursing Home and at the Dry Cleaners both in Hutchinson.  Germaine was also very involved in the family farm operation.

Survived by her children:  Nathan (Juanita) Smutka of Hutchinson, Bruce (Janet) Smutka of Lake Crystal, Cindy (Dan) Perkins of Lowry and Rick (Kris) Smutka of Hutchinson; ten grandchildren: Troy (Julia) Smutka, Trent (Michelle) Smutka, Tanya (Chris Jorgenson) Smutka, Miranda  Smutka and friend Todd Carlson, Josh Smutka and friend Liz Fitzgerald, Bryce (Crystal) Swenson, Cole (Mary) Swenson, Michaela (Nick) Olson, Ian (Stephanie) Perkins, Alicia (Jason) Just; fifteen great grandchildren; a sister-in-law: Margie Lhotka of Silver Lake; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Germaine was preceded in death by a grandson Tony Christopher Smutka, her parents, a brother Lester Lhotka and by a sister Marjorie Stritesky.

Funeral services for Germaine Smutka will be held on Friday, March 11th, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.  Reverend Laura Messer and Hospice Chaplain-Reverend Jill Davis will officiate.

Organist will be Jacki Rossi.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 10th from 4-7 P.M. at The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.  A Prayer service will be held at 6:30 P.M.  Further visitation will be held on Friday, March 11th one hour prior to services.

Interment will follow at Bohemian National Cemetery.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Casket Bearers will be Alicia Just, Troy Smutka, Trent Smutka, Josh Smutka, Bryce Swenson and Cole Swenson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Faith Presbyterian Church or The American Heart Association.


Please follow the link to Live Stream the services for Germaine https://youtu.be/Czr1aeYJifU

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March 10, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Maresh Funeral Home
105 Main Street West
Silver Lake, Minnesota 55381

Funeral Service
March 11, 2022

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

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