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Petrusek, Minnie

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February 1, 1922 - April 10, 2015

Petrusek, Minnie

Minnie Mokry Petrusek was born on February 1, 1922 in Granger, TX, to the late Charles and Hattie Mokry.  She joined the kingdom of Heaven at age 93 on April 10, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ben Petrusek.

She is survived by daughter, Cynthia O’Donnell and son, Martin Petrusek (Debbie); grandchildren, Dana O’Donnell Pipkin(Shane) and their children Hannah Kate and Chase; Jeffrey O’Donnell (Holly); and Gregory O’Donnell (April) and their children Paisley and Kinley; Todd (Sativa) and their children Dustin, Nathan and Abby; Corey Petrusek Welsh (John) and their children Jack and Henry; and Brett Petrusek (Cary) and their child Noah. Minnie was the oldest of 4 daughters and is survived by sisters Hedy, Ann, Evelyn (Robert) and sister/brother -in-law Ruth and Johnnie; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Burial arrangements for Minnie Petrusek:

Monday April 20,2015 at 11:30am

Catholic Burial Rite Service
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church
1530 Norwalk Ave.  Katy TX 70003
(281) 578-0707

  • Please arrive at 11am for family visit prior to and after the service
  • Directions: Take I-10 west to Fry Rd exit; Left on Fry Rd to Highland Knolls; Turn Right to Norwalk Chapel entrance on backside of church near the garden

2:00pm

Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038
(Off of Beltway North Tollway)

  • Please arrive no later than 1:45 for line-up on Lane #1 (curb) at the 1st white building on your right as you enter the gate
  • We will be directed to the assigned Committal shelter by the cemetery staff. If you come earlier, there is ample parking on the backside of the building to wait
  • There is no planned family visit after the burial rite (cemetery only allows 25 minutes for services)

Our family thanks each of you for sharing this day with your love for Minnie. Take care going home.
DONATIONS IN LIEU OF FLOWERS:

In lieu of flowers due to cemetery restrictions, our family kindly asks that you send any donations to:

St. Vincent de Paul Society
c/o St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community
110 St. Gabriel Way
McKinney TX. 75071

Cynthia O’Donnell’s Address:            Marty Petrusek’s Address:
7604 Powder Horn Ln.                       1619 Oak Hill Rd
McKinney, TX 75070                          Memphis, TN 38138

We celebrate Minnie’s remarkable 93 years of life with us!

Minnie will always be fondly remembered by her family and friends as a gracious and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Always ready to support and listen, she was a role model of love and kindness to every person she was around. Her devotion to God and her Catholic faith, specifically the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady, influenced her daily life. She always told us this was a gift from her Czech parents to be shared and lived.

Her children and their families were always her priority. Family harmony mattered greatly to Minnie!

Minnie lived through 9+ decades of life-changing events and was in awe of her young great-grandchildren on smart phones! They adored their “Momo”! Her grandchildren admired her ability to try anything new, even at 93 yrs young.

She and Ben celebrated 53 years of a wonderful marriage during which they traveled all over the world, but always to visit their grandchildren in Memphis and Chicago.  Other trips took them to Houston and Wallis to be with their parents, Minnie’s three sisters/spouses and Ben’s family in Beaumont.

Minnie (and Ben) lived in New Orleans for 33 yrs during which time Ben passed away in 1996.  In 2001 she and Cynthia returned to their Texas roots and settled in Katy for 13 years and then to the Dallas area in 2013.

Her final year of life was spent in McKinney, TX surrounded by her 4 great-grandchildren, to include a special reunion last Summer in Memphis with her additional 5 great-grandchildren and news of another on the way!

Minnie was creative and accomplished in so many ways: She was a loving wife and mother, superb cook and seamstress, excellent hostess, devoted teacher, organic gardener, house plans drafter, oil painter and drawer, avid volunteer and charitable supporter, fluent in the CZ language, world traveler with Ben, a member of numerous organizations to include the Ladies Reserve Officers Assoc. and the Mardi Gras Krewe of Iris in New Orleans.  She drove the tractor at 10 yrs old, the Model T at 13 yrs old, graduated from Granger High and went on to attend the University of Texas (and later Dominican College in New Orleans), working her way through school as a nanny. Following college she rode the troop train for 3 days during WW II from TX  to NY to marry Ben.

She initially taught high school geometry in Wallis followed by 30 years of dedicated service as a 3rd grade elementary school teacher in both Houston and New Orleans.  And yet, with all of these remarkable talents, Minnie’s lasting legacy will be that as her role as “Momo”, advisor and listener, who shared her 93 yrs of life experiences and words of wisdom with loving care. She always placed God at the center of our lives in her own special way.

Our sweet mother will be greatly missed, but always with a smile when we remember her life of love, kindness, unconditional prayers and care for those around her. She is now at peace in the palm of her Creator. We celebrate her life with us!

Marty and Cynthia and our families thank you for sharing our mother’s incredibly blessed life on this earth. We always told her that she was our prayer line to heaven!

“Mom will forever be in my heart each day, always smiling with her rosary beads and Sacred Heart prayer book”!
~Cyndy, loving daughter

“Mom was always loving, kind and happy.  All of our conversations ended with S panem Bohem—Go with God.”
~Marty, loving son

God bless Mom, Momo and Minnie!

Cynthia’s address:
7604 Powder Horn Ln.
McKinney, TX 75070

Marty’s address:
1619 Oak Hill Rd
Memphis, TN 38138

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Czech Center Museum Houston

May 06, 2015 2:43PM

We are very sorry for the loss of Minnie, our dear member since 1999. We could not have accomplished what we have without persons as Minnie and we are forever indebted to her for her support and encouragement. She was so proud of her Czech roots, we will miss her!
Effie & Bill Rosene
Czech Center Museum Houston


Melinda Ingersoll

May 01, 2015 2:22PM

What a loss! Minnie was a great lady, and was always ready to get out and go places. I know that you will miss her very much. I feel richer for having known her. She was a very special lady.


Ann Hoar

April 19, 2015 7:41PM

Min was a lovely lady and we will miss her. Epiphany Ladies Club


AUDREY MADUELL

April 18, 2015 6:26PM

AT THE MERE MENTION OF MIN’S NAME, A SMILE ERUPTS ON THE FACE OF ANYONE WHO KNEW HER. A BEAUTIFUL, BLESSED, KIND, INTELIGENT SOUL WHO MADE EVERYONE FEEL ‘GOOD’ ABOUT THEMSELVES. TRUE CHRISTIAN! IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE BEEN HER RECORDING SECRETARY FOR HER PRESIDENCY OF ROAL – PREPARING THE CLUB’S NEWSLETTERS WAS FUN, ESPECIALLY DISCUSSING WHEN TO USE ‘TAKE’ OR ‘BRING’ IN THE NEWSLETTERS. WITH BEN AND MIN OUR TRIP TO PERU WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. WE EVEN SHARED SPANISH LESSONS WILL MISS HER VISITS. PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH, CYNDY. I SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO AND PRAYERS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. LOVE YOU. GOD’S PEACE. AUDREY MADUELL


Gabriele Miller

April 18, 2015 2:04PM

Cynthia, Martin, Hedy, Ann and Evelyn,

I am so sorry for your lost. May the Lord comfort you all.

Minnie was a very sweet cousin.

Love, Gabriele


Jocelyn Babin

April 17, 2015 1:02PM

One of my most fondest memories of Minnie is her helping my mother make a prom dress for me. I think I was 15/16 years old. Of course it came out beautiful!

I also remember that I was in awe seeing the beautiful wedding dress that she made for Cyndy. Several times mom and I stopped by and she was working on it. I was totally amazed at seeing the process.

It was always a pleasure to be around her and Ben, they were always warm and welcoming to me and Bill. Their love and devotion to their family reminded me so much of my own family. We were truly blessed to be included whenever possible.

She was a remarkable women in every way! Speak her name often to the great grand children...they will come to know her in a special way that will remain in their hearts forever and help them to understand the importance of a true FAMILY!
Jocelyn Babin (sister of Debbie Petrusek)


Janet Summers

April 16, 2015 5:16PM

My family is fortunate to have spent holiday events with Minnie and Cyndy at Marty & Debbie's home since we have moved to Memphis. She was a delight to behold, always filled with love, light and so gracious. We join in by truly celebrating Minnie's full life of love, happiness & unconditional faith.


Alex Nameth - Friends Place of McKinney

April 16, 2015 4:21PM

We so enjoyed having Minnie at our center in McKinney. Her stories about life on the farm are precious.

The staff at Friends Place


Aryn Romer

April 16, 2015 12:39AM

I will always remember Minnie as a very sweet lady. She seemed to radiate love. I will pray to the Sacred of Heart of Jesus and Our Lady for Minnie and her family.

Aryn Romer


Linda Jenkins

April 15, 2015 4:42PM

I was fortunate to know Minnie. She was a lovely lady and was full of so much knowledge. My sympathy goes out to the family.