Edna Bicek, 102

Edna Bicek, 102, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 at the Winner Regional Long Term Care Center in Winner, SD.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 at 11a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 from 6-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD. Private family burial will be held at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Edna Dorothea Walker was born on March 6, 1920, in her parents’ home near Clearfield S.D. in Tripp County, to John and Lydia (Hermann) Walker.  She was baptized and confirmed into Christ’s Holy family at Jerusalem Lutheran Church south of Carter S.D.  She lived her childhood years at her parents’ home and attended elementary school until the 8th grade.

At the age of 13, Edna had her first job traveling to country schools, cleaning and erasing the textbook scribbling from their pages.  She then worked as a hired girl for Bill and Minnie Patmore, doing housework and farm chores.  She then worked for Ren and Nettie Wilcox at their farm north of Winner. She assisted Nettie with all household duties, including meal preparations for hired men and large thrashing crews.  She then went to work at the Phillips Hotel in Winner, doing laundry and cleaning. During this time, (late 1930’s) she met the love of her life, Ernest Bicek.  They dated approximately 3 years and were united in marriage on Aug. 22, 1942, in Valentine Neb.

They moved onto the Bicek farm south of Colome to begin their life together.  To this union, they had three children, Daughter Marvellyn, Stanley, and Perry.  Edna was an excellent wife and mother, a devout Christian, inspiring and teaching her husband and children to study the teachings of the Lutheran Catechism.   All being confirmed in the Lutheran Church Doctrine.

Edna was a typical farm wife. She had big gardens in which she canned produce, raised chickens, helped Ernie butcher and process pork and beef for the family. She also worked side by side with Ernie planting and harvesting crops. She helped with all the fencing, digging post holes by hand. People always commented on the fantastic meals she prepared.

She attended the Lutheran Church her whole life. She taught Sunday school, was a member of the ladies’ aid and attended Bible studies.  In 1996, she moved to Winner and lived there for 18 years, moving to Winner Regional Nursing home in 2014.

Edna is survived by daughter Marvellyn (John) Willcockson of Cave Creek Arizona, children Lynn (George) Young, Donnie (Tammy) Robinson, and Pam (late Dennis) Zeebe. Son Stanley (Connie) Bicek of rural Colome S.D., children Tony (Tina) Bicek, Sandy (Doug) Beck, and Karey (Craig) Thieman. Son Perry (Lorie) Bicek of Rapid City S.D., children Neil Bicek, Julie (A.J.) Alexander, Kim Barnes and Miranda Bicek, along with 20 great grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded  in death by her parents John and Lydia (Hermann) Walker and husband Ernest Bicek, half-brother Emil Hauck, brothers Chris Walker, William Walker, and Johnny Walker.  Sisters Adeline Holcomb, Alma Hutchison, Amanda Janas, and Hertha Elliot.

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