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Friday March 16th, 2012
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Tillie Mary Varilek

Fr. Joseph Forcelle
Fr. Gerald Thury
Organist ~  Marcene Kniffen
“How Great Thou Art”
“Precious Lord”
“Only a Shadow”
“In the Garden”
“The Lord’s Prayer”
“O, Loving God”
Tillie’s Daughters ~ JoAnn & Irene
Members of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society
Tillie’s Sons
Francis, Daniel, Thomas, David, Charles, and Kenneth
Tillie Mary Varilek was born on Sunday, December 2, 1917 in Bon Homme County near Tyndall, South Dakota to Vaclav and Anastasia (Blaha) Plavec. She attended the Stekly School through the 8th grade. Tillie was united in marriage to Frank H. Varilek on June 21, 1938 at Tabor, South Dakota. They farmed until 1964 when they moved to Tyndall. Tillie worked at the Tyndall Good Samaritan Center for one year as a cook, then worked at various jobs at St. Michael’s Hospital for 8½ years. She worked in the cafeteria at the Tyndall School for 9 years and also part-time at the Tyndall Bakery. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and the St. Leo Altar Society, the National Catholic Society of Foresters, the Czech Heritage Preservation Society and the Tyndall Senior Citizens. Tillie was devoted to her faith and participated in the St. John Bosco Study Group and the de Colores Cursillo group. She was also a member of the T.O.P.S. Club (later named “Yes, Yes I Can”), St. Michael’s Hospital Auxiliary, the Good Samaritan Guild, and served on the Site Council for the local senior nutrition program. She loved to play cards and enjoyed playing Pinochle with her card club. In her retirement, she was an active senior citizen and loved to take trips and visit family. She had been recognized during Older Americans Month as an “Outstanding Senior Achiever” by the South Dakota Department of Adult Services and Aging.
Tillie passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at St. Michael’s Hospital Avera at the age of 94 years, 3 months and 8 days. She will live on in the hearts of her six sons and two daughters: Francis Varilek and Sally Boyd of Mission Hill, Daniel Varilek of Tyndall, JoAnn (John) Jonas of Yankton, Irene Koranda of Tabor, Thomas (Dina) Varilek of Ankeny, Iowa, David Varilek of Tabor, Charles (Julie) Varilek of Estes Park, Colorado, and Kenneth (Jeanne) Varilek of Springfield; 20 grandchildren and 5 step-grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to her parents, Vaclav and Anastasia Plavec, Tillie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in August of 1985; a daughter, Henrietta, in 1942; a son-in-law, Donald Koranda, in 2008; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank (Anna) Plavec; and three sisters and brothers-in-law: Lillian (Joseph) Varilek, Rose (Henry) Teply, and Helen (Roy) Bower.

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Dear Varilek Family, It is so sad to hear of Tillie's passing as she was such an inspirational lady to all of us. She set such a good example of how to live life fully and independently. With sympathy,

Gail Johnson Mar 16 2012 4:55 PM

To my Aunt, what a beautiful person. When I seen her she always had a smile. Will be greatly missed on my trips back To S.Dak. for the family reunions

Sharon Digiovanni Mar 14 2012 11:44 AM

Our thoughts are with you all! Aunt Tillie will always hold a soft spot in our hearts. Joseph and Marie-Louise Plavec (Peer, Belgium)

Joe and Marie-Louise Plavec Mar 14 2012 8:17 AM

Charles and Julie - I am so sorry for your loss. I was your student years and years ago in Irene. No matter what, always hard to lose a mom or mom in law! With thoughts and prayers - Sandy (Nelson) Barkley

Sandy Barkley (Nelson) Mar 14 2012 7:40 AM

My thoughts are with you as you honor your Mom who is so much a part of all of you. Her smile reminds me of the sunrise in the morning. Gwen Van Gerpen

Gwen (Bovee) Van Gerpen Mar 14 2012 6:52 AM

Dear Dear Aunt Tillie. What an inspiration to so many. I loved everything about you. I remember working side by side with you at the School in the Lunch line. You would so kindly and patiently tell kids, "No, You only get one piece of pizza!"....and you would remind me, and when I would try to give the cute boys extra fries, you would say, "Don't give so many fries!" I loved when I'd look at you, I could see a touch of my grandma in your eyes. I will miss that and so many more things about you. Give my Grandma and my Dad a hug for me. It is nice to know we have such a precious Angel to watch over us. Love you so dearly, Your niece, Karen

Karen Kubal Frick, Great Niece Mar 14 2012 5:36 AM

Aunt Tillie was your "Aunt Tillie" no matter who you were or where you were on the Family Tree. She will always have a special place in my Heart and the Hearts of many, many Family members, friends and acquaintances. Thank you for being a part of my life - God Bless

Timothy Jon Balvin, Liz Fendel et. al Mar 13 2012 1:01 PM

What a great lady she was! She was truly inspirational; she made me want to do more and be better. When some folks were driving to their grandkids' school activities, she was driving to her great-grandkids' school activities! Tillie was "the" people person; she always took the time to talk and then listen to folks; made you feel special. And her most endearing quality was plain and simple, she said it like it was; we all need more of that. Lastly, when she giggled, you could almost see the little girl she once was. Her giggle made me smile; I will miss her. What a lucky, lucky family you were to have her all these years!

Ruth Paulson Mar 12 2012 8:01 AM