Janet Edith Retka, 84

Janet Edith Schoenbauer Retka, 84, of St. Thomas, MN died peacefully Saturday, May 12, 2018. Jan suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and lived the last four years of her life at Traditions in Montgomery. 

 

Jan’s Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, May 16, 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Roger Hessian presiding. The visitation will be at Schoenbauer Funeral Home, 200 Third St SE, Montgomery on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour before the funeral Mass at St. Thomas.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Croix Hospice.

 

Jan was born September 16, 1933, on the family farm to Frank and Mary (Malecha) Schoenbauer. Jan attended St. Wenceslaus grade school and graduated from New Prague High School in 1951. She married Orrin Retka on August 31, 1957, at St. Wenceslaus. They farmed and raised a family of eight children in St. Thomas. Jan was proud of her family and her Czech heritage. Her greatest gift was her faith, her love, and her kolackies.

 

Jan is survived by her husband Orrin, of 60 years; her children, Maggi (Mike) Morse, Carol (Dale) Schneider, Luke (Alice) Retka, Therese (Dave) Russell, Rose (Brian) Norvet, Henry Retka, Peter (Jean) Retka and Sarah (Tim) Rothstein; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; her brother, Frank (Doreen) Schoenbauer; and sisters, Ann (Lawrence) Koenig and Delia Leahy; many in-laws, nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.  

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary; and four brothers, Ray, Alfred, Eugene and Edmund. Dokud se znovu nestarame.

 

Arrangements with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116. www.schoenbauerfuneralhome.com.

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