Tom Panek

Hold Last Rites for Tom Panek

Funeral services for Thomas Panek, 83, retired Madison county farmer, were held Tuesday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Adrian Edgar of Norfolk conducting the final rites.  Mr. Panek died Saturday in the Lady of Lourdes hospital after being ill a few months.

Thomas Panek, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Panek, was born November 2, 1870 in Czechoslovakia.  He came to the United States with his parents at the age of 14.  As a young man, he started farming in the Kalamazoo and Emerick precincts and lived there until he moved to Madison nine years ago.  On June 6, 1903, he was united in marriage to Emilie Severin at Stanton.  To this union were born six sons and four daughters.

He helped organize the Z.C.B.J. Lodge No. 50, a western Bohemian fraternal organization, of which he was a member for the past 55 years.

He is survived by his wife, Emilie, his children, Mrs. Blanche Dahlsten, Newman Grove, Rudolph of Madison, William of Princeton, Ill., Ernest of Ohio, Ill., Leon of Madison, Mrs. Evelyn Seiler, Madison, Mrs. Loretta Housel, Lincoln, Aldrich of Oakland, Calif., one brother, Joseph of Madison, two  sisters, Mrs. Anna Kasik of Madison and Mrs. Theresa Dvorak of Brazile Mills, four grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Edith Satchell and one son, Miles, who was killed in World War II.

Source: excerpts from The Madison Star, Thursday, August 12, 1954 on page 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Housel and daughter, Ruby of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. William Panek of Priceton, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Aldrick of Oakland Calif., were here to attend the funeral of their father, Thomas Panek.

Source: The Madison Star, Thursday, August 12, 1954 on page 1.