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Marlys M. Cizek, 87

May 26, 2017
Traer Star-Clipper

Marlys M. Cizek, 87, of Traer, Iowa passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, IA following a short illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Traer, IA with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Paul's Church Cemetery in Traer. Visitation will be held Monday, May 22, 2017 from 4-7 PM at St. Paul Catholic Church with a Rosary at 7 PM.

Marlys was born August 26, 1929 daughter of John and Mary (Pusteoska) Wacha of Traer. She graduated from Dysart Consolidated High School in 1947. On April 6, 1948 she married Ellsworth Cizek at Holy Trinity Church in Vining, Iowa. They were married for 69 years and had four children.

Marlys was a former beauty queen and high school cheerleader. Marlys and Ellsworth farmed southeast of Traer. In addition to helping on the farm, she was involved in church activities, especially creating banners, decorating the church and singing in the choir. She was always fashionably dressed. Marlys had many skills, always doing everything to perfection, especially the designing of their house on Mowery Street. She enjoyed eating out and shopping and always managed to find someone to talk with, no matter where she went! She enjoyed playing Pepper; she and Ell were quite the partners! She never turned down a chance to do a little winning at the casino. She was especially proud of her family and always enjoyed their visits. Family was most important to her and family gatherings were the highlight of her days.

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Survivors include her husband, Ellsworth of Traer; her children, Jacqueline (Louis) Winchip, Cedar Rapids, Joel (Connie) Cizek, Waterloo, Jeff (Lynn) Cizek, Traer and JoEllen (Ray) Kubik, Traer; 13 Grandchildren, Gina (Doug) Merrill, Sara (Joe) Younge, Liza (Jeff) Pullen, Charles Cizek (Carrie), Angela (John) DeKoster, Michael Cizek, Cara (Brian) Hintz, Bryant (Ashley) Cizek, Tyler Cizek, Cassie (Matt) Schill, TJ (Chanlie) Kubik, Alex Kubik (Lisa), and Sierra Kubik (Jordan); 27 great grandchildren; her sister, Margaret Pavelka, of Traer; and many nieces and nephews.

Marlys was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Wacha; half sister Mildred Skarda; brothers-in-law, Paul Skarda and Donald Pavelka; and nephew, Dr. James Skarda.

A memorial fund will be established at a future date.

Online condolences may be left at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama-Toledo, IA at website under obituaries.



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