Marquita Hanzl, 72, of Dodge, died Monday, May 15, 2017 at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 18 at 10:30am at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Reverend An Duy Phan as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery with lunch following at the church hall. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm with a Christian Mothers rosary at 3:00pm and a Vigil Service at 7:00pm all at church. Memorials may be made for Masses or other Dodge community organizations. Stokely Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Marquita Rose Hanzl was born on December 1, 1944 to Vaclav and Rose (Samek) Vrbka in David City and was raised on the family farm near Brainard in Butler County. She attended Holy Trinity Elementary School and graduated from David City Aquinas in 1963. On October 16, 1965, Marquita married Ronald Hanzl at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Brainard. The couple took up farming northwest of Dodge, becoming the third generation of Hanzls to occupy the farm. Marquita was active with daily workings of the farm and nurtured her growing family there as well. After Ron's sudden death in 1993, Marquita moved to Dodge where she worked at the Parkview Nursing Home. After her retirement, she continued to volunteer at Parkview.
Marquita was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. Some of her favorite hobbies were making quilts and other crafts. Marky could be found in her flower garden or playing cards with her card club. She enjoyed being at home but was always active with her neighbors and community. Most of all, Marky was deeply devoted to her family and was always capturing moments on camera and video.
Survivors include daughters, Lynette (Justin) Stroh of Fairbault, MN, Laura Hanzl of Lincoln, and Lynelle (Daryl) Schrunk of Friend; son, Christopher (Kim) of Lincoln; grandchildren, Mary Clare Stroh, Anna Marquita Hanzl, Catherine Stroh, Matthew Ronald Schrunk, John Paul Stroh, Thomas Hanzl, Rebecca Rose Stroh, Kayla Rose Schrunk, Jacob Hanzl, Daniel Stroh, David Ronald Hanzl, Elizabeth Stroh, Isaac Stroh, and Sarah Stroh; sister, Geraldine Kovar of David City; brothers, Lawrence (Mary Ann) Vrbka of Glenwood, IA, Virgil Vrbka of David City, and James (Irene) Vrbka of Bossier City, LA; and sister-in-law, Kathy (Lee) Machmuller of Grand Island.
Marquita is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald in 1993; sisters-in-law, Maxine Vrbka and Sheila Vrbka; and brother-in-law, Jerome Kovar.