Mass of Christian Burial for Victoria “Vickie” E. Smolik, 97, of Marion, who passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at St. Luke Living Center, was 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Marion. Father Brian Bebak was the celebrant.
Her family gathered with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion. Rosary was prayed at 7:30 p.m.
Vickie was laid to rest in Marion Cemetery.
Her life began May 19, 1924, in rural Grant Township in Marion County. Her parents were Joseph and Mary (Oborny) Stika.
Vickie attended Youngtown School in rural Marion County.
She was united in marriage on Sept. 30, 1946, to John E. Smolik at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen.
Vickie was a homemaker and worked alongside her husband, John, on the family farm.
Vickie spent numerous hours tending to her large vegetable garden and flower gardens. Every year, she canned ample food for her family to enjoy over the winter months.
She is remembered most for her Czech heritage in her baking of kolache and rolicke plus numerous other family favorite recipes.
Her baking not only was enjoyed by her family but also was sought out by others in the community.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren all loved to spend time with her in the kitchen, learning all her techniques. She enjoyed polka music and polka dancing in her free time.
Vickie was a member of the St Mark’s Holy Family Catholic Church and a very active member of St. Mark’s Altar Society, serving on the funeral dinner committee for decades. She thoroughly enjoyed the St. Mark’s quilting circle. Vickie also was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Marion.
Her greatest joy was her family, including daughters Theresa Linton of Phillipsburg and Kathy Swan (and husband Paul) of Marion; grandchildren Ashley Delaney (and husband Wes) of Phillipsburg, Lacey Beaver (and husband Randall) of Hays, Katrina Griffin (and husband Justin) of Strong City, and Becky Makovec (and husband Tim) of Marion; great-grandchildren Zackary Delaney, Wyatt Delaney, Leah Beaver, Kandace Wakeman (and husband Stuart), Kassady Griffin, Morgan Looney (and husband Dustin), and Tyler Makovec; great-great-grandchildren Ava and Emrie Looney; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings Louis Stika, Valarian Stika, and Henrietta Waner.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the John and Vickie Smolik Memorial Fund to benefit the Marion Cemetery in care of the City of Marion. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Vickie at www.yazelmeglifh.com.