Audrey M. Mlady

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 8:59 pm

Audrey M. Mlady, 83, of Protivin, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco. A memorial mass is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Father Nick March officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m., Friday, March 6, at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 123 North Main St. in Protivin, with a rosary recital at 4:30 p.m. and a scripture wake service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Audrey Mae Lukes was born April 15, 1931, to Ray and Emma (Panos) Lukes. She was a 1949 graduate of Rudolphinum High School in Protivin, and was a member of the girls’ basketball team. Audrey was united in marriage to Melvin G. Mlady Aug. 19, 1952, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin. Audrey was very crafty, especially when it came to wedding cake-making and -decorating, which she did for many years. Besides creating wedding cakes, Audrey also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing and looming together rugs. When she wasn’t busy with crafts, Audrey loved to play 500 and Canasta with her family and card club, traveling with the bank on their trips, attending Czech Days, listening to Polka music, bowling, and playing the accordion when she was able to do so. Audrey was a member of the Protivin American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as a leader, Cresco VFW Auxiliary, and the Rosary Society.

Audrey is survived by her children, Michelle (Jeff) Franzen of Waverly and Marinus (Sue) Mlady of Cresco; five grandchildren: Bethany Franzen, Jessica Franzen, Kara (Tim) Brunkhorst, Courtney (Nate) Hansel and Brittany (Travis) McIntyre; and four great-grandchildren: Ashlyn and Coleson Hansel and Ian and Natalie Brunkhorst. 

Her parents, Ray and Emma; husband, Melvin; and grandson, Greg Mlady preceded her in death.


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