Sophie R. Pexa, 80

Sophie R. Pexa, 80, of New Prague, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at her home.

Sophie was born January 22, 1926 in Veseli, a daughter of Emil and Rose (Valek) Havlicek. She grew up in Veseli, where she attended parochial and public schools. On June 18, 1946 she married Emil E. Pexa, Sr. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Veseli. Following marriage, they lived in the New Market/Elko area, where she was a homemaker and farmed with her husband. Sophie was active in many St. Patrick/St. Catherine church functions all her life and she lived her last 20 years in New Prague.

She is survived by 13 children, Marlene Kabes, Jordan, Marilyn Zakis, Jordan, Yvonne (Dave) Larson, Burnsville, Cindy (Steve) Clobes, Lakeville, Linda Herrmann (and special friend Dale Odenthal), New Prague, Debbie Malecha, New Prague, Wayne Pexa, Faribault, Bryan (Bonnie) Pexa, Elko, Emil (Brenda) Pexa Jr., Elko, Gary Pexa (and special friend Diane Nord), Northfield, Diane Koktavy, Northfield, Michelle (Craig) Hertaus, Cleveland and Ron (Maria) Pexa, New Prague; 27 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Fritz Havlicek, New Prague; three sisters, Angie Skluzacek, Lonsdale, Elaine (Edward) Sevcik, Northfield and Noreen Kuchinka, Faribault; two sisters-in-law, Rose Micky Havlicek, Veseli and Janet Havlicek, Veseli.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 9, 1991; two sons, Kenneth J. Pexa (age 19) and Terrence Edward Pexa (in infancy); her parents; and two brothers, Ray and Arnold Havlicek.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Veseli, with Rev. John Lapensky officiating. Interment was at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, St. Patrick. Casket bearers were Sophie's children and honorary casket bearers were her grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague, with wake prayers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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