Mary Lucille Jirak, 93

Mary Lucille Jirak, age 93, of New Prague, died peacefully surrounded by family on January 29, 2023, at MCHS Hospital, Mankato.  Mary was born on May 20, 1929 at St. Thomas in Derrynane Township, Le Sueur County, Minnesota to Richard J. and Nora E. (Sullivan) Shaughnessy.  She graduated from Le Sueur High School in 1946.  Mary received Teacher Training in Mankato and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Le Sueur County. She married her husband of almost 70 years, Clarence, on May 23, 1953 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas.  She was very proud of her Irish heritage.

Mary enjoyed making kolacky and strudel for the St. Wenceslaus festival until she was 90.   She was recognized for sewing  (including heart pillows for the VA), and also enjoyed playing cards, and baking for her family and friends.

She was a member of CCW, Top Six for St. Wenceslaus church festival,  American Legion Auxiliary, and VFW Auxiliary.  She served as head cook at the New Prague Park Ballroom for many years.

Mary is survived by her children, Bob (Joanne) Jirak of Dayton, Betty Jirak (John Mytty) of Lonsdale, Diane (Bob) Kilian of Maplewood, Pat Jirak (Scott Orr) of Vadnais Heights, Connie Peterson (Brad Kline) of Apple Valley; grandchildren, Jennifer (Ryan) Keenan, Kimberly (Bob) Ganzel, Daniel (Laura) Jirak, Sam Peterson (fiancé, Neena DeMaio), Olivia Mytty, Elienor Mytty; great-grandchildren, George, Elise, Henry, &  Paige.  She is preceded in death by husband Clarence (d. Sept. 3, 2022); grandson, Ian Robert Kilian; siblings Daniel, Melvin, Dennis, Alice, Richard, John, Emmett, Bill, and Theresa (Huss) Shaughnessy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Visitation will take place at Bruzek Funeral Home on Monday from 8:00-10:30 A.M.. 

Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.  Lunch will follow at the New Prague KC Hall.

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