Violet Kycek, 1926-2014

Published 10:03 am Friday, November 21, 2014

Funeral services for Violet L. Kycek, 88, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Todd Portinga will officiate. Interment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery in Myrtle. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Violet Kycek

Violet Kycek

Vi died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Violet Lillian Kycek was born Oct. 17, 1926, in Freeborn County, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Tucek) Blecha. She grew up in Northeast Freeborn County and attended Austin High School.

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On June 22, 1943, Vi was married to Leonard W. Kycek in Albany, Ore. She worked for Wilson & Co., retiring in 1981.

Vi was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, the WFLA Lodge Zare Zapadu No. 44, the Eagles Auxiliary in Albert Lea, the Glenville American Legion Auxiliary, the Albert Lea Senior Center, the Scarlet Seniors Club, the 70th Infantry Division Auxiliary and the Freeborn County Historical Society.

Survivors include her children Ronald C. (Renee’) Kycek and Sharon K. (Russ) King; grandchildren Kristi (Mike) Twohig, Jason, (Loida) Kycek, Troy (fiance Quenby) Broitzman, Shannon (Larry) Kampa, Sue (Jack) Shields, Tricia (Brian) Veenendaal, Greg (Erin) Reynen and Liz (Tim) Tate; great-grandchildren Natalie (Tom Clum), Tom and Nick Twohig, Christian Kycek, Jeremiah, Shania, Emily and Hope Kampa, Sara, Julia, Jace and Jackson Shields, Brett, Taylor, Brinn and Tahlia Veenendaal, and James Reynen; great-great-grandchildren John, Michael and Miriam Clum; brother-in-law, Leland Kycek; sister-in-law, Sylvia Kycek; and nieces and nephews.

Violet was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard; son-in-law, Robert Reynen; great-granddaughter, Faith Kampa; brothers Anton and Joseph Blecha; and sisters Sophie Prihoda, Anna Cerny Penning, Marie Lisy and Emily Cafourek.