Donna Mae Kadrlik, 51
Donna Mae Kadrlik, age 51, of Faribault, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at her home following an extended illness.
Donna Mae Voracek was born on May 30, 1962 in Faribault to George and Helen (Skluzacek) Voracek. She graduated from Bethlehem Academy with the Class of 1980. After her studies in music ministry in college, Donna Mae embarked on her more than 25-year career as a musician, liturgist and spiritual director. She ministered in several parishes, including St. Lawrence in Faribault, St. Patrick’s in Shieldsville, St. Dominic’s in Northfield, St. Isadore’s in Yuba City, Calif., and for the past 12 years at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague.
She also studied for three years and received her certification as a spiritual director. She dedicated herself to a life of ministering and caring for others that included volunteering as a grief counselor to children at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. She also enjoyed and touched many people at different events in their lives like playing and singing at many weddings and funerals. Her dedication was recognized in 2006 by Faribault Daily News as an Unsung Hero, an award her mother also received.
She and Ron Kadrlik were married on May 4, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Ron of Faribault; children, Benjamin Kadrlik of Athens, Ohio, Kathryn Kadrlik of Faribault, and Nicholas Kadrlik of Faribault; siblings, George (Eileen) Voracek of Faribault, Jan (Steve) Gillen of Faribault, Mary Mensing of Mankato, Grace Voracek of Faribault, Joan (Lenny) Smisek of Lonsdale, Randy (Robin) Voracek of Faribault; a special family friend, Linda Reed; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague with the Rev. Kevin Clinton officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale. Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
For online tributes and further information, please visit www.ParkerKohlFuneralHome.com.