Francis J. 'Fritz' Shatek

francis 'fritz' shatek
Francis 'Fritz' Shatek, age 79, of Elma, Ia, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton, IA. Francis “Fritz” John Shatek was born on October 6, 1933 to Joseph and Mary (Komarek) Shatek on the family farm near Lourdes, IA where he lived his entire life. He attended country school near Lourdes. Fritz worked on the family farm before entering the US Army in 1953. After his honorable discharge he returned to the farm which later became a century farm. He was united in marriage to Lavonne “Bonnie” Gilbert on September 27, 1958 at St. Boniface Church in Ionia. The couple made their home on the family farm where they raised their four children. Fritz farmed all of his life and enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, playing cards, collecting toy tractors and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and the Farm Bureau. Fritz is survived by his wife Lavonne “Bonnie” of Elma; children Nancy (Don) Suek of St. Paul, MN, Tom (Pauline) Shatek of Elma, Mark (Amy) Shatek of Cedar Falls, IA and Tim (Gayle) Shatek of Mason City, IA; 11 grandchildren Erin and Amy Suek, Brad (Jamie) Shatek, Jennifer, Nikki and Eric Shatek, Elizabeth and Josephine Shatek, Sydney, Emily and Hadley Shatek; sister Celia Kapler of Cresco, IA; brothers Clarence Shatek of Elma, Joseph Shatek of Ft. Atkinson, IA, Leonard Shatek of Elma and John (Margaret) Shatek of Elma; and many special nieces and nephews. Fritz is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mary Shatek; brothers Aloys and Edward; brother-in-law Leonard Kapler; and sisters-in-law Lucille, Rosemarie, Mildred, and Rita Shatek. Cemetery: Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes with Fritz’s grandchildren serving as honorary casket bearers and Nancy Shatek-Suek, Don Suek, Tom Shatek, Pauline Shatek, Mark Shatek, Amy Shatek, Tim Shatek and Gayle Shatek serving as active casket bearers. Military rites by the Elma John Frahm American Legion Post #597. Memorials may be directed to the family or donor’s choice. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA. There will be a rosary at 4:30pm and scriptural wake service at 7:30pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30am on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, IA with Father Steve Garner celebrating mass.

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  1. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…Please accept with deepest sympathy the heartfelt thought that there is hope in each new tomorrow.Our love and prayers through these difficult days.

  2. Bonnie and family, Our sympathy and prayers to all
    of you. We had many visits with Francis over the years at
    the car dealership. May he now rest in peace.

  3. I’ll always remember Fritz with a smile on face whenever I met him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  4. We are sad, but so grateful for Fritz’s life. In addition to being a wonderful dad, father-in-law, and grandfather, he was a great uncle to “us cousins.” Thank you, Nancy, Tom, Mark, and Tim, for sharing him with us. We will miss Fritz terribly, but will always cherish his memory…from 1958 when I first met him through his brave fight to the end. Love to Bonnie and all the “kids.” –John & Becky, Claire & Evan

  5. Bonnie & family-sorry for your loss but now he can rest in peace. We are away from Iowa right now but keep you in our prayers..

  6. Truly a mountain of a man yet always gentle, caring and loving. Learned many life lessons from “Uncle Fritz” with visits to the farm in my youth. I am sure he will be greatly missed by all family, loved ones and friends who crossed his path. My heart-felt condolences to Aunt Bonnie and all the rest of the Shatek family. God Bless. Gary L Burgart

  7. Bonnie, just heard about Fritz, I remember so many good times with both of you so many years ago, I know all of you will have many memories of times gone by. Please except my deepest sympathies. May God Bless and keep you always.

  8. I knew Fritz from Linn Haven, he was in the same hallway as my mom. He was another polka music lover, sociable, and definitely NOT a quitter when it came to getting through tough times. My sympathy to his family. Linda (Zeien) Schmickle

  9. My sympathies to the immediate family of Francis. He had enjoyed his life, had a wonderful, loving family, and was a man of great strength and character. His memories live on in all of you!

  10. Nancy and Family,
    I will always cherish the times I had the opportunity to speak with and spend time with Fritz at family events in MN. We will keep your family in our prayers. Rest in Peace. Rita & Blade Wilson

  11. I am so sorry to hear about Fritz. I usually read the New Hampton Paper online on Tuesday. As hard as this time is for all the family, it’s a joyous time for Fritz. His suffering is over and a new chapter in his life has begun. Hmmm…probably a few card games going on up there right now. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Beverly Valvoda

  12. Mark & Amy ~ We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. We wish we could be there for you and the kids. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you love ~ The O’Donalds

  13. Nancy, Don and the rest of the Shatek family,
    Keep the memories of Fritz close to your heart. He was a good man and will be missed. Take care of eachother during this difficult time.
    We will keep you in our prayers.
    Mike, Franny and the kids.

  14. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man should die, can he live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

  15. Nancy, Tom and families,
    So sorry to read about your father. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Tom & Michele Tuchek

  16. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Shatek family. May your memories of all your shared good times help to carry you through this sad time.

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