Rodney Marek, 82

Rodney F. Marek, 82, of Arlington, formerly of Montgomery, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague.

Rodney was born August 8, 1925, in Montgomery, a son of Frederick and Ludmilla (Kukacka) Marek. He graduated from Montgomery High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He married Marcella Sally Hensler on September 17, 1949, at New Prague. She preceded him in death. He later married Arlene (Liebeton) Meyers on February 6, 2004, at Green Isle and moved from Montgomery to Arlington. Rodney was a farmer and a member of the Montgomery American Legion and VFW, the Masons, the MN Valley Electric Cooperative Board of Directors and the AMPI Board of Directors. He enjoyed gardening, farmers markets, history, John Deere tractors, politics and traveling.

He is survived by his wife; five children, Carol Ehrhardt (and special friend Dean Empanger), Hopkins, Mary (Allen) McIntyre, Faribault, Fred (Amy) Marek, New Prague, Paul Marek, Montgomery and Sandra Sevcik, Winona; five stepchildren, Steven (Amy) Meyers, Edina, Clem (Jan) Meyers, Hamburg, Susan (Michael) Vos, Green Isle, Rosemary (Brian) Thies, Green Isle and Connie (Todd) Meeker, Green Isle; a brother, Milton (Alice) Marek, New Prague; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; and a son-in-law, Larry Sevcik.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery, with Rev. David Barrett officiating. Military honors were provided by the Montgomery Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Burial was at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery. Pallbearers were Jeremy Marek, Fred Marek Jr., Michelle Phelps, John Ehrhardt, Matt Marek and Brad Marek.

Visitation was held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery.

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