Helen (Rempp) Zdenek

Zdenek, Helen (Rempp)

 

Beloved MOM, GRANDMA, and GRANNY GREAT, Helen (Rempp) Zdenek passed peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Home in Scotland, SD at the age of 93.  Private family memorial services will be 10:00, Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Chapel, Yankton, SD with Rev. Katie Ricke officiating.  Burial of her cremated remains will be in the Garden of Memories, Yankton, SD.  Friends (with mask) are encouraged to call from 5 to 7 PM, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Onsite Crematory, Yankton, SD with a Scripture service at 7:00 PM.  Her services will be live streamed at: https://www.facebook.com/opsahlkostel/live.  On line condolences may be sent to: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.comHonorary Pall bearers are:  Duane Sedlacek, Sherm Wood, Richard Kortan, Ray Cahoy, Brian Goeden, and Don Kortan.

Helen entered the world on June 8, 1927 to John and Mary Kutilek.  She was raised on a small farm outside Utica, SD.  She attended school there to the 8th grade.

Helen is survived by her daughter Donna (Chuck) Kronaizl of Moville, IA; Grandchildren: Kirk Kronaizl of LeMars, IA and Jennifer (Brian) Gydesen of Gretna, NE; Great Grandchildren: Maeya and Ansley Gydesen of Gretna, NE;  Sister: Polly Kniffen of Yankton, SD;  Brother: John (Marilyn) Kutilek of Byron Center, MI;  Step children:  Joe Jr,  Ruby, Barb, Patty, Peggy and Linda; many nieces and nephews.   She leaves other family and friends who will sadly miss her.

She was married to Harold Rempp on May 22, 1950. They farmed near Mission Hill, SD until moving to Yankton, SD.  She then worked at Gurney's Seed and Nursery in Yankton for 35 years.

Helen was a member of the First Methodist Church in Yankton, SD. She was involved with the Ladies Auxillary at Yankton VFW and a member of the Leperchan's, which was one of her most favorite joys.  She also loved to spend time at family gatherings, big or small.  She loved to dance and sing to polka tunes, speak the occasional Czech phrase, and eat a good kolache.

Later in life, she met and then married Joe Zdenek on November 10, 2001. They lived on a farm near Lesterville, SD until moving to the Good Samaritan Home in Scotland, SD in 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Kutilek; Husband: Harold Rempp. Brothers: Emil (Josie) Kutilek, Ben (Violet) Kutilek, Jim Kutilek; Sisters: Agnes (Joe) Kortan, Eileen (Dave) Kortan, Bessie (Steve) Petrik, Albina (Joe) Hejna and Marie (Glen) Radel; Husband: Joe Zdenek.