White Funeral Homes
Rose Agnes Smisek 'Rosie'
(January 20, 1920 - March 9, 2013)
Rose, a life time resident of Lonsdale, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at the Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague at the age of 93. Rose was born to Wenceslaus and Rose (Simon) Herda in 1920. She was the youngest of 10 children which included Elizabeth (Mrs. Myles Jason), Wenceslaus (Jim) Herda, Catherine (Mrs.Albert Flicek), Martha (Mrs. John Simon), Mary (Mrs. Ed Douda), Frank Herda and Joe Herda and 2 who died in childbirth. Rose was born January 20, 1920 and grew up in Lonsdale, Minn. Her first home was in the apartment above her father's Shoe and Harness Shop on the main street in Lonsdale. Rose attended Lonsdale's Immaculate Conception Grade school, and 1 year at Good Counsel Academy in Mankato, Minn. In her adult years, she took extension short courses offered by the Univ. of Minn. and various music courses at St Olaf College in Northfield. After her marriage to Edward F. Smisek, in 1939, Rose and Ed lived for the next 33 years on the Smisek family farm, 3 miles outside of Lonsdale, where Ed grew up, and where they raised their 4 children together. Once the children were grown, Rose and Ed built a home in the City of Lonsdale for which her nephew Myles F. Jason was the architect and builder. Though Rose had many varied interests, music stands out as being a major part of Rose's life from the time she was a young child, when she learned to play the piano, and also sang in the local parish church choir with the School Sisters of Notre Dame who taught in the school. Rose continued her music into her adulthood and served over 30 years as the parish organist and choir director of various men's, women's and teen choirs at Immaculate Conception Church in Lonsdale. In addition to Sunday services, Rose provided the music for countless weddings, anniversaries and funerals over the years. Rose also organized and directed a women's Czech Folk singing group called the "Seasoned Choralairs", who enjoyed performing at events throughout the county. In her 'retirement' years in town, Rose taught piano lessons in her home to over 250 students between 1971 and 2001. Some of her first students were Mary Jane Miller, Margaret and Sandra Simon, Geralyn Skluzacek, Sheryl Kocina and Debbie Turek. Rose and her dgtr, Sr. Anita performed Mother-Daughter benefit concerts for Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, and for the Lonsdale 3-R Landmark Project. She also participated in 6 Nova Praha Vanocni Koncerts held in New Prague at St. Wenceslaus Church between 1984 and 1992. In addition to her love of music, Rose found great joy in cooking, sewing, flower and vegetable gardening. She also was actively involved in her home community and county as a 4-H club Leader of the 'Wheatland Wheaties' 4-H Club for 20 years, coaching children with their 4-H projects and activities. She also served as a member of the Rice County Extension Advisory Committee; and as a member of a Minnesota Citizens Committee, appointed by Governor L. Anderson in 1962 for a Conference on Agriculture and Country Life. In addition Rose, actively participated in a local Womens Extension group for many years, as well as serving as a member of the local Parish Rosary Society and Parish Council. Following her husband's death, she served on the Board of Directors for the State Bank of Lonsdale. However, in spite of all of her varied interests and activities, Rose and her husband Ed, always enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren and treasured every visit with them, passing on her love of music and Czech baking with them. Rose was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, Edward F. Smisek and by her 9 siblings and many dear friends. She is survived by her 4 children: Sister Anita Smisek, OP of Sinsinawa Wisconsin, Marilyn (Smisek) King of Lebanon, Tennessee, Sharon (Smisek) Girod-Lang of Foster City, CA, and Ed W. Smisek of Lonsdale, Minnesota; her 7 grandchildren: Robin King of Spokane, Washington, Sally (King) Ward of Niskayuna, New York, Tim King of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Eric Girod of Pleasanton, California, Rebecca (Girod) Dukes of Roseville, California, Allegra (Smisek) Schmidt of Mpls. Minn., and Sam Smisek of St. Cloud, Minn.; and 14 great grandchildren: Kenneth King of-Fort Bragg, N.C.; Katie, Scott, and Lizzy Ward of Niskayuna New York; Paul, Megan, Rachael, John, Samuel and Judah King of Fredericksburg, VA; Madison and Annika Dukes of Roseville CA; Jack and Aimee Girod of Pleasanton, CA. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 21 at the White Funeral Home in Lonsdale, starting at 4:00 pm. A prayer service will take place at 8:00 p.m. The funeral Mass is scheduled on Friday, March 22nd, 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lonsdale with Paster Thomas McCabe serving as celebrant. Rose's daughter, Anita, will be the organist and co-liturgist with her sister Marilyn King. Rose's grand-daughter Allegra Schmidt, dgtr. of Ed Smisek and Darlene Smisek will be singing a solo in honor of her grandmother and childhood piano teacher. Rose's nephew, Rod Simon will deliver the eulogy and several of her grandchildren and nephews will serve as pall-bearers. After the graveside service that follows the funeral Mass, a meal will be served at the American Legion Hall, where Rose's extended family and friends will be welcomed in a celebration of Rose's 93 years of life. Memorial gifts may be designated either to the local Catholic LNMV School Foundation, Masses said for Rose, or any other designated choice of the donor. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Lonsdale, MN.
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