Marion – Verna Vinduska, 85, passed away February 13, 2019 at St. Luke Living Center in Marion. She was born July 8, 1933 to Henry and Lillie (Holub) Jirak in Marion. She married Eugene Vinduska June 1, 1957 in Pilsen. Survivors include: husband, Dr. Eugene Vinduska of Marion; sons, Doug Vinduska of Wichita, Gerald Vinduska of Hutchinson; daughters, Anne Malone of Topeka, Amy Vogel of Marion, Mary McNeil of Wichita, JoEllen Whitehair of Abilene, Karen Thompson of Ozawkie, Kansas; sisters, Millie Vinduska of Pilsen, Rita Molner of Seattle, Washington, Gemma Davies of Marion; numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a son, Eugene Vinduska Jr. in 2010. Recitation of the Rosary 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Holy Family Parish, St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen. Private family interment after the service at Pilsen cemetery. Memorials to Chaplin Kapaun Legacy Fund in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Verna (Jirak) Vinduska was born July 8, 1933 in Pilsen, Kansas, the 6th of 8 children of Hank and Lillian Jirak. Verna’s mother passed away when she was 9, and she eventually undertook many homemaking duties for Hank and her siblings. She graduated from Lincolnville High School, and married Eugene Vinduska on June 1, 1957 in Pilsen. Besides the first 4 years of her marriage being spent in Kansas City while her husband finished school, Verna lived in Pilsen, with her life centered around her husband, 8 children, and St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church.
Verna was an incredibly hard worker who often told her husband that in life, all she wanted was to have kids and raise a family. She worked various jobs in Kansas City, and after raising 8 kids from 1958 to 1989, she helped her husband at the front desk of the family’s dental office in Marion. Verna taught the kids how to sew, embroider, garden, can the family’s fruits and vegetables, bake kolaches, pies and rolicky, and dance. Her main love of music was polka and waltzes. Verna taught all 8 children the Catholic faith, and was a member of the Altar Society. Most evenings, with deep inspiration from the promises of Our Lady of Fatima, she would fall asleep in her bed or recliner praying her rosary. She enjoyed vacations to California and Las Vegas, motorcycle rides with her husband, and going to polka dances throughout Kansas and Nebraska. Later in life, Verna suffered a stroke, became totally disabled, and was confined to a wheelchair. Her husband Eugene cared for her for 7 years at home. She later had a second more serious stroke which led to her living the remaining 6 years of her life under the wonderful care of St. Luke Living Center in Marion.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents, Hank and Lillian Jirak, brothers Sylvin Jirak and Marion Jirak, sisters Wilma Jirak and Joan Stroda, and her son Eugene Jr. She is survived by her husband Eugene, sisters Millie Vinduska, Rita Molner, Gemma Davies, and 7 children: Anne (Tom) Malone of Topeka, Doug (Kim) Vinduska of Wichita, Amy (Tim) Vogel of Marion, Mary (Steve) McNeil of Wichita, JoEllen (Brian) Whitehair of Abilene, Jerry (Heather) Vinduska of Hutchinson, and Karen (Jeff) Thompson of Ozawkie.