James Robert Marek

Born: Sat., Apr. 24, 1954
Died: Wed., Apr. 26, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., May 01, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., May 01, 2017
Location: Kalona Location

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Tue., May 02, 2017
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church

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A Mass of Christian Burial for James R. Marek, 63, of Kalona, will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Richmond, with Father David Brownfield officiating.  The body will be cremated following the mass.  Visitation will be held Monday, May 1 from 2-4 and 5-7 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A memorial fund has been established for his granddaughters education.  James Marek died Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Washington County Hospital.
Born April 24, 1954, Jim was the son of Robert and Mary (Ruth) Marek. He graduated from Washington High School in 1972.  Jim was united in marriage to Mary Zahs in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Richmond, November 27, 1982.  Jim farmed and, for many years, owned and operated Marek Trucking. He enjoyed farming, working with his cattle and driving his gator with his dog, Tucker. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and baby-sitting his granddaughters.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of rural Kalona, his son, Cody Marek and wife Tammy of Washington; two granddaughters, Adlei Lynne and Kassidi Anne Marek; his mother, Mary Marek of Hills; three sisters, Patricia Greubel of Knoxville, Francine (Roger) McVeigh of  Unionville and Sherry (Sudharshan) Chary of Florida; two brothers, Gerard (Younglim) Marek of Chicago, Illinois and Wayne (Amy) Marek of Ankeny; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Robert (Marta) Zahs of Iowa City and a sister-in-law, Patricia Zahs of Riverside.
He was preceded in death by his father, a brother, Joseph in infancy, a nephew and his wife, Joseph and Ashley Greubel, and his in-laws, George and Gladys Zahs.

Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organization:

Granddaughters' Education Fund
1675 Orange Avenue, Kalona, IA 52247

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Annette (Whittaker) Fritz
   Posted Thu April 27, 2017
Jim was a classmate of mine, so very sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to his family.

Beverly Sievers
   Posted Thu April 27, 2017
My sympathy to the whole family. It is such a sad time when a member of the family leaves. I am sure he will watch over those grand babies and keep them safe. God Bless all of you. Hugs.

Brenda Livingston
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
Sending extra hugs and much sympathy. Will keep you in my prayers.

Cecil Capper
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
My condolences for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Ron and Caleb Murphy
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
You were such a good friend we will miss you.

Sandra Towey
   Posted Sat April 29, 2017
Mary and family, my condolences to the entire family and prayers for all of you during this time of loss, sorrow and grief.

Cindy (Wagamon) Swantz
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
Mary and family - so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Jim. Many thoughts and prayers coming your way. Sounds like he cherished those granddaughters! I'm sure you have many good memories that will keep him in your hearts forever.....hugs to you! - Cindy and Ervin

Joe and Rosamond Goodlander
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
We were so sorry to hear of. Jim's passing. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. I fondly remember working with his sisters in the Farmerettes 4-H and think of you often.

Nevin Bontrager
   Posted Mon May 01, 2017
Cody, I will be praying for you and your family in this hard time. I loved talking with your dad when he would come into the shop, and give me a hard time about something. At first I could never tell if he was mad at me or if he was just giving me guff, but once I figured him out, it was always good to see him. My sincerest condolences. He will be missed by all.

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