Marie Ludmilla Kajer, 92

Marie Ludmilla Kajer, 92, left this life on Christmas morning, December 25, 2017. Her daughters, Kim (Kajer) Bergstedt and Jacinta (Cindy) Timmons Carlson were at her side. In addition to her daughter, Kim, she is survived by Kim's husband, David A. Bergstedt, and their children, Brittany Marie, Erik Donald and Elisabeth Eve. In addition to her daughter Cindy, she is survived by Cindy's husband, Harold W. Carlson, and Harry's daughters Karin Carlson Spradlin and her children Emmet and Laura; Sarah Lynn Carlson; and Maria Lach Carlson and her children Lucia, Ellen and Flynn. Marie was born on September 25, 1925, the seventh of the thirteen children of Wenceslaus (John W.) and Anna (Trnka) Herda, in Lonsdale, MN.
She is survived by her sisters: Jonathan (Rose) Herda, OSB; Marcella (Herda) Catalano; Elizabeth (Herda) Suel and Theresa Herda Gucker; and her youngest brother, Robert Herda. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley (Kajer) Meyer and brothers-in-law Marty (Christa) Timmons, David (Sharon) Timmons and sister-in-law, Colleen M. Timmons. Her surviving nieces, nephews and extended family are too numerous to list, but they know she cared greatly for each of them. She is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn F. Kajer and their youngest daughter, Mary Lisa Kajer Cross, and by Mary Lisa's husband, Leonard Cross. Her first husband, William R. Timmons, Jr, preceded her in death in 1955. Additionally, she is preceded in death by her sisters: Deborahh (Anna) Herda, OSB, Helenka (Herda) Bruzek, and Ludmilla (Herda) Jacobs as well as by brothers John Herda, Joseph Herda, George Herda and Wenceslaus (Jim) Herda and many other brothers-inlaw, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Marie was engaged in her life for all of its long span. She took delight in many things, including her gardens and the birds that visited it. She was a devoted member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic parish and participated in many of its outreach programs. A dedicated professional, Marie brought human kindness to the patients she helped during her career as a registered nurse at New Prague Medical Clinic. She was proud of her Czech heritage and an active U.S. citizen. She had many joys in her life, but her happiest days were spent in the company of her three wonderful grandchildren, with whom she shared a special bond. She will be loved as long as anyone who knew her still lives. She rests in peace.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 10:30 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Kevin Clinton officiating. Visitation will take place Friday from 4-7 PM and Saturday morning from 7:30 – 10:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home. Burial will occur at a later date at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Memorials are preferred to St. Wenceslaus Church or School. bruzekfuneralhome.com

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