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Mary Pekarna

Published: Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 

Mary Alice Pekarna was born June 25, 1942, in New Prague, Minn., to Lloyd and Mildred (Busch) Vomacka. She was a graduate of Jordan  (Minn.) High School, and attended St. Cloud (Minn.) State College. On July 7, 1964, she married Thomas Pekarna. Mary was a member of the South Dakota Master Gardeners.
Mary, of Custer, S.D., died March 10, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospice in Rapid City, S.D. She was 70.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Pekarna of Custer; mother, Mildred Vomacka of Jordan, Minn.; son, Jeff Pekarna of LeSueur, Minn.; two daughters, Sara (Jeff) Bisso of Minnetonka, Minn., and  Amy (David) Walsh of River Falls, Wis.; brother, Gordon (Kathy) Vomacka of Prior Lake, Minn.; and granddaughter Mia Bisso.
At her request, no services will be held. Written condolences may be made at mccolleyschapels.com.
 

Mary Alice Pekarna was born June 25, 1942, in New Prague, Minn., to Lloyd and Mildred (Busch) Vomacka. She was a graduate of Jordan  (Minn.) High School, and attended St. Cloud (Minn.) State College. On July 7, 1964, she married Thomas Pekarna. Mary was a member of the South Dakota Master Gardeners.

Mary, of Custer, S.D., died March 10, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospice in Rapid City, S.D. She was 70.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Pekarna of Custer; mother, Mildred Vomacka of Jordan, Minn.; son, Jeff Pekarna of LeSueur, Minn.; two daughters, Sara (Jeff) Bisso of Minnetonka, Minn., and  Amy (David) Walsh of River Falls, Wis.; brother, Gordon (Kathy) Vomacka of Prior Lake, Minn.; and granddaughter Mia Bisso.

At her request, no services will be held. Written condolences may be made at mccolleyschapels.com.

 

 



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Rosemary Walden
April 10th, 2013 at 11:14am

Mary and I were friends since the fall of 1960 when we lived in the same dorm (Lawrence Hall) at St. Cloud State University. I was lucky to be a bridesmaid in her wedding party in 1964. I flew back to MN from NY where I was living and working for Northwest Airlines.
Mary always said I should marry one of Tom's dentist friends and move next door to them so we could sit on the back stoop together in the evenings, drinking beer.
It didn't quite turn out that way, but after I became a widow in 1968, Mary and I got in touch.
She and Tom, Amy and Jeff were living in Le Sueur, MN. Mary was pregnant with Sara. Tom was patient and Mary was generous. She kept a bed with a crib next to it so I and my baby could come and visit any time. Together we stayed up until wee hours, smoking and telling stories. Soon after that we both dropped the smoking habit forever.
She and Tom introduced me to my future husband, Don Walden. Mary and Tom were present at the ceremony when we eloped six months later, and my daughter and I moved to Le Sueur to live for the next 18 years.
Mary and I had many good talks and laughs throughout that time. Her sense of humor was unique and contagious.
She and Tom hosted a surprise 40th birthday celebration for me which was loaded with fun and great friends.
Tom was my dentist in those years and I will never forget his singing in my ear, along with the music from the radio in his office, as he drilled and filled my teeth. This was unique because he, being a bass singer, only sang the bass to all the music. I got a charge out of that. Tom and I were in the church choir for a few years, so the parties included spouses and we could all be together. His friendship was good for me, as well.
Mary is terribly missed by so many friends. The shock of her illness and suffering is still too recent to forget. I do know, however, I will remember her lovely, quick laughter and wonderful smile for the rest of my life

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