Josephine “Josie” Kralicek – The Dickinson Press

Josephine “Josie” Kralicek, 89, Dickinson, died on Monday May 23, 2022 at St. Benedict’s Health Center, Dickinson. Josie’s Christian burial mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Dickinson with Fr. Kregg Hochhalter as celebrant. Entombment will follow at the Dickinson Mausoleum. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson with a rosary and a 6 p.m. vigil with Deacon Leonard Krebs presiding.

Josie was born on September 20, 1932 to Joseph and Anna (Faiman) Jablonsky. Josie grew up in New Hradec and then in Dickinson. While living in Dickinson, Josie met and married Joseph Kralicek Jr. on September 18, 1951. They began their married life together at the Kralicek family farm five miles north of Dickinson. To this union, Darla Jo was born in 1959 and Kelly Joseph in 1963. Josie and Joe were farmers and ranchers until their retirement and move to Dickinson in 1992.

Over the years, the Kralicek House was where friends and relatives were entertained and well fed. Josie was an excellent cook and baker. Whether it’s snowmobiling, card parties, expansive holiday dinners or cattle events like branding or just having friends over, no one has ever left Josie hungry. Josie was known to drive a tractor most of the day with children by her side and prepare a hot meal for everyone to enjoy once they get out of the fields.

Josie’s love of cooking led her to become a chef at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Dickinson. This meant she cooked daily for her own grandchildren as well as many great-nieces and nephews. His excellent bread making skills were second to none and his kolaches, rohliky and chicken noodle soup were everyone’s favourites.

Josie loved music and sang with the Czech Heritage Singers. She volunteered at the church and served as president of church circles. Spending time with her sisters, Martha and Georgia, and her cousin Loretta, as well as music, dancing, travelling, entertainment, playing cards and gambling were part of Josie’s life. However, Josie’s greatest joys were being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Josie’s family includes her children, Darla (Larry) Kuntz and Kelly (Connie) Kralicek; grandchildren, Dana (Brock) Oukrop, Dallas (Kelli) Kuntz, Deedra (Mike) Weidner, Brock Kralicek and Joshua (Britiany) Kralicek; great-grandchildren, Daysia, Kiera and Journey Oukrop, Kaeden and Kullen Kuntz, Reese and Jace Weidner, Sophia and Fulton Kralicek.

Josie was predeceased by her husband, Joseph in January 2019; his parents; brothers, Laudie (Josie) Jablonsky and Robert (Margaret) Jablonsky; sisters, Martha (Charles) Kostelecky and Georgia (Wilfred) Kovash.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at St. Benedict’s Health Center who have cared for Josie for the past few years. Arrangements are with Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, www.ladburyfuneralservice.com.

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