Mary E. Chladek
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Mary E. Chladek, age 72, of Volin, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota after a courageous battle with ALS.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Monday, August 21 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM, followed by a vigil service at 7:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Pallbearers are Robert and Kayla Chladek, Joseph and Kirsten George, Jerry N. Burge and Anthony J. Schroer.

Due to Mary's background and life style, a down to earth lady and a coal miner's daughter, casual dress is requested. Mary did not like anyone to make a fuss over her. It is also requested that only immediate family members attend the graveside services.

Mary was born March 26, 1945 in Logan County, West Virginia to James and Gustava (Boyd) Collins. As a young girl, the family moved to Butcher Hollow, KY and then to Wabash, IN. Mary met James Chladek, who was stationed at Bunker Hill Air Force Base, and one year later, they were united in marriage on December 16, 1964 in Peru, IN. Jim served for 30 years in the United States Air Force, which took the family to many places throughout the country. After Bunker Hill, they lived at Beale AFB in California and then Offutt AFB in Bellevue, NE. In 1977, the family moved to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska and finally back to Offutt AFB in 1981. After Jim's retirement from the Air Force in 1992, they moved to Volin, SD. Mary worked for ServiceMaster of Yankton, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, and Ma and Pa's C-Store in Gayville. She loved the outdoors, going camping with her family and watching the wildlife. Mary was in awe of the beautiful sceneries and loved being surrounded by nature. She treasured the annual trip to Indiana to visit her beloved sister, also known affectionately as Aunt Diney to all family members. Mary always enjoyed shopping at a local thrift or antique store. She was a caring and genuine wife, mother and grandmother who is deeply loved and devoted to her family.

Mary is survived by her husband, Jim Chladek of Volin, SD; four children: Bob Chladek of Yankton; Teresa (Jerry) George of Bellevue, NE, Nikki (Rocky) Chladek-Johnson of Crofton, NE, and Melissa (Jerry) Burge of Gayville, SD; eight grandchildren: Robert and Kayla Chladek, Joseph, Kirsten and Gracie Mae George, Anthony James Schroer, and Jerry and Justin Burge; four great grandchildren: Xander, Phoenix, Aubrey and Haven; one sister, Diana (Lonnie) Nielsen of Wabash, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; son, Nicholos Wayne Chladek; three brothers, James G., Stanley and Prince Edward Collins.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

Jim - You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and comfort you and your family at this time of great sorrow.

Bernie & Edrhys Balvin

Jim and family--My deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of a great person. I haven't visited or seen you guys for some time but last November when my dad passed away at the nursing home in Tyndall I met Nikki and chatted with her for a while. We had some great times visiting you when you lived in Omaha. Mary will be sorely missed by all. It will be a hard transition but your memories will be in your heart forever. Thought and prayers are with you.....RIP my friend.

Pat (Varilek) DeGroot

Praying for God's comfort for you and your family.

Cheryl Hubbard

My condolences to the family for your loss. 2 Cor. 1:3,4 describes God as the Father of tender mercies who comforts us in all our trials. Along with your cherished memories, may Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18) provide you with the comfort you need during this difficult time.


Uncle Jim & family...We want you to know you are all in our prayers and thoughts. Our summers in Indiana will never be the same without your annual 2 week trip. She will always be in our hearts and mind. Love you all .... Cousin Tammy & Aunt Diney & Uncle Lonnie

Tammy Sumpter

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