TIMKEN — Blanche A. Tomecek, 87, Timken, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. She was born June 29, 1929, in rural Rush Center, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Oborny) Jecha. She was a lifelong resident of Rush County. A 1947 graduate of La Crosse High School, she was a homemaker and farm wife. After her children were raised, she was employed as a cook at the Rush County Nursing Home, La Crosse, and Great Bend Manor, Great Bend.
On April 23, 1952, she married James E. Tomecek at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Timken, Kansas. He preceded her in death Oct. 24, 1992.
Mrs. Tomecek was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Altar Society, Holy Trinity Parish Council, and was a trustee for the Bohemian National Cemetery, all of Timken. She also was a member of FCSLA (Catholic Workman), Western Fraternal Lodge Association, Joy Club, Faith Sharing, Walnut Valley Senior Center in Rush Center, and a Cub Scout den mother.
Survivors include two sons, Edward Tomecek, Timken, and Frank Tomecek, Raytown, Missouri; four daughters, Julie Huber (Randy), La Crosse, Martha Tomecek (Michel Cavigelli), Greenbelt, Maryland, Loretta Verhaeghe (Mel), Baldwin City, and JoAnn Tomecek, Timken; eight grandchildren, Justin Graff (Ashley), Anna Weinberg (Thomas), Noah Weinberg (Kaitlin), Brian Graff, Rebecca Verhaeghe, Kelsey Verhaeghe, Elizabeth Verhaeghe and Katia Cavigelli; three great-grandchildren, Emma Porras, Elliot Graff and Graysen Porras; one brother-in-law, Edward Schwindt, La Crosse; and one sister-in-law, Rosarie Jecha, La Crosse. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Charles Lee Tomecek; one son-in-law, John Graff; one brother, Edward Jecha; one brother-in-law, Harry Folkerts; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Folkerts, and Betty Schwindt.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 4-8 p.m. at the Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, with the family receiving friends from 6-7 p.m. A vigil service and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Church visitation will be Wednesday, from 9:30-10:20 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Timken. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with Father Matthew Kumi, Father Henry Baxa, Father Pascal Klein, Father Charles Mazouch and Father Ultan Murphy officiating. Interment will be in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Timken.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bohemian National Cemetery or Holy Cross Cemetery, both of Timken, Kansas. Condolences or remembrances may be left for the family at www.charterfunerals.com/locations/janousek-lacrosse.php.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Janousek Funeral Home*
719 Pine Street; P.O. Box 550
La Crosse, KS 67548
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 15, 2017