Rev. Bill VanGerpen
Vlasta “Patsy” Marie Hajek was born on Sunday, June 2, 1929 to Josef and Frances (Stybla) Bruna in Tyndall, South Dakota. On April 15, 1947, she was united in marriage to Gordon F. Hajek at the United Methodist Church in Tyndall. Together they made their home on a farm south of Tyndall until 1952 when they moved northeast of Tyndall. Patsy was a caring farmwife who helped on the farm with her husband where she could and raised several chickens throughout the years. In 1979, they retired from farming and moved a house onto a section of their acreage where they lived for their remaining years.
She enjoyed crocheting, doing crafts, and in her earlier years, bowling. Patsy was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and together with her husband enjoyed watching their games for many years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren as they were growing up. She also adored her dog, Frisky, who she spent numerous hours with and caring for.
Patsy passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall having attained the age of 86 years, 1 month, and 1 day.
She is survived and remembered by her son Wayne (Kris) Hajek of Tyndall; daughters: Jan (Duane) Wittmeier and Joyce (Donald) Sykora; grandchildren: Sheila (Sam) Weber, Brian (Christie) Sykora, Jamie (Nikki) Hajek, Jennifer (Mike) Ouverson, Justin (Angela) Hajek, and Jesse Hajek; nine great-grandchildren; sister Zdenka Pavlish of Aberdeen; and sisters-in-law: Audrey Hajek of Tyndall, Arlene (Don) Nelles of Scotland, and Carol (Duane) Grimme of Yankton.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon in 2007, her parents, three sisters, and three brothers.