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Francis "Fritz" Valek, 79

Francis "Fritz" Valek, of Farmington, passed away peacefully at the age of 79, on June 10, at home after an extended illness.

Francis was born to Frank and Marcella Valek on July 29, 1934, in Northfield, Minn. On April 30, 1957, he was united in marriage to Delores B. Johnson at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Northfield.

Francis had a wonderful, fulfilling life. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. In 1996, he retired from Dakota Electric Association after 24 years of service. He enjoyed travelling, boating, and especially spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Marcella Valek; and brothers, John (Jack) and Ernest Valek.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Delores; sons, Allen (LeaAnn) of Prior Lake, Brian (Donna) of Ortonville and Brad (Deon) of Florida; daughters, Laurie (Bill) Heeke of Indiana, Sherie (Allen) Wutschke of Hampton, and Jody (Ernie) Zahradka of Eagan; brothers, Lawrence (Dolores) and Robert Valek of Northfield; sisters, Elsie Sirek and Irene Horejsi of Northfield and Mamie Tuma of New Prague; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Farmington at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 16. Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to service at the church. A family interment will be held at a later date.

You can view the journey of Francis through his CaringBridge site at

White Funeral Home, Farmington, 651-463-7374.