Sylvia Anna Bezdek, 96, of Lost Springs passed away Friday at St. Luke Living Center, Marion.
Sylvia’s life began July 24, 1924, in Pilsen. She was a daughter of John and Victoria (Franta) Svitak. Sylvia attended grade school in Pilsen and graduated from Lincolnville High School.
Not long after graduation, Sylvia went to work at Pilsen State Bank, followed by Lincolnville State Bank, and Ramona State Bank. Sylvia worked as a bookkeeper for Marion sale barn, and later Herington sale barn.
She was good with numbers and had a quick wit that she used on her family and in business, too.
Sylvia was united in marriage to Paul S. Bezdek on Nov. 5, 1945, and enjoyed many years of marriage, raising two daughters, cultivating their garden, keeping a dairy, staying very involved on the farm, and living a good life.
Sylvia was a parishioner of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen and St. Anne’s Altar Society.
She loved to polka dance. Polka was a big part of her life because Paul was a drummer in a polka band for many years. Sylvia loved to attend dances at Pilsen Community Center.
The one thing she disliked was weeds. She could swing a mean corn knife. She took pride in keeping the farmyard mowed.
Sylvia’s greatest joy was her family, which includes daughters Paulette Holub of Lost Springs and Marcia (and husband Dan) Falen of Hope; grandson Greg (and wife Pam) Holub of Lost Springs; great-grandchildren Gentri Holub, Kelsi (and husband Marshall) Hopkins, Zachari Slayden, Jerami Slayden, Amanda Cooper, and Tony Creekmore; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, brothers Paul and George Svitak, and son-in-law Gerald Holub.
Her family is scheduled to gather with friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion, with a rosary service at 6 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pilsen. She will be laid to rest in Pilsen Cemetery.
The family requests that any memorial contributions in Sylvia’s name be directed to the Father Kapaun Legacy Fund or St. Luke Living Center. They ask that people sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Sylvia at www.ymzfh.com.