Martin Samuel Vasek
January 28, 1934 – April 30, 2020
Martin “Marty” Samuel Vasek went to live with the Lord on Thursday, April 30, 2020, succumbing to the effects of dementia.
Marty was born January 28, 1934 in Chicago, IL to Martin S. and Anna Vasek (nee Bachar) who immigrated to the US from Czechoslovakia.
In January 1954 Martin married Geraldine Jesse. They have three daughters who were with Marty at the time of his passing.
Marty was a supportive, loving father who taught his children the value of faith and family. His first grandchild was born on his 50th birthday, bringing tremendous joy and pride to his life. At the time of his passing he had 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Marty was the life of the party, his big personality drew people to him and made him a natural salesman.
As a child and young adult Marty worked in his parent’s neighborhood grocery store in Chicago before joining International Harvester, where he worked in product development for 16 years. Marty later became an independent sales rep for the die casting industry. He ended his career with Acme Die Casting in Racine, serving as Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
Marty was proud to serve in the US Army as a tank mechanic from 1956 – 1958.
At the time of death, Martin was married to Billie Vasek, who resides in South Carolina. Her son, Bill, lives in Chicago with his husband Stu.
Marty will be missed by his children Kim (Bob) Edgington, Joanna (Mel) Koenig, and Jamie (Bob) Rauth and his step son Bill (Stu) Dodds. He’ll also be missed by his grandchildren: Jesse (Anna) Edgington, Sarah (Arron) Boucher, Megan Edgington, Catherine (David) Lofy, Adam Koenig, Elizabeth (Phil) Appel, Audrey Rauth, and Rachel Rauth. Martin has three great grandchildren: Adelaide Wing, Miles Boutcher, and Charlotte Boutcher. He will also be missed by his sister, Emily (Dick) Johnson and his dear life-long friend, Lou Sipolt.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ann Zanzig; and his brother-in-law, Don Zanzig.
A very special thanks to the loving staff and caregivers at New Perspective Senior Living in Minneapolis, The Colony in Eden Prairie, and Our Lady of Peace Hospice who enriched his final months and brought him significant joy and comfort.
A private memorial service will be held when the family can gather.
Your prayers are welcome. If you feel compelled to make a donation, please direct it to Our Lady of Peace Hospice. www.OurLadyofPeaceMN.org so that they can continue to support terminally ill patients and families.