Obit: Jarolimek, Joseph (1894 - 1973)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Jarolimek, Nosek, Horak, Swierczek, Frankish, Carey, Caskey, Mc Callom, Alzheimer, O’Keefe, Coghill, Gannon

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 11/22/1973

Jarolimek, Joseph (7 March 1894 - 9 November 1973)

A former Merrillan area man, Joseph Jarolimek of Choteau, Mt., died at Teton Memorial Hospital November 9 at the age of 79 after a lingering illness associated with advanced age.

Funeral services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Choteau with burial in the Choteau Cemetery. Father James Gannon officiated. Casketbearers were Bert Carey, Ralph Caskey, Romey Mc Callom, Martin Alzheimer, John O’Keefe and Reo Coghill.

Joe Jarolimek was born March 7, 1894, in Chicago, Il., of Czech immigrant parents, Joseph and Katherine (Nosek) Jarolimek. The family moved to a farm near Merrillan, when he was a young child. He spent most of his boyhood and early adult years in Wisconsin. On August 24, 1920, he was married to Mary Horak of Columbia (Hewett Township in Clark County). They had three children, John, Sylvia and James.

In 1943 the couple moved to Montana. He was well known in the Collins area as an elevator operator for General Mills. On his retirement in 1959 he and his wife made their home in Choteau. In 1972 they moved to the Skyline Lodge retirement center in Choteau where they have resided up to the present time.

Mr. Jarolimek was an active outdoorsman, an enthusiastic hunter, and an avid fisherman. For several years he engaged in violin making as a hobby. Some twenty of his violins can be found in the community. He had a life-long love of Czech and American folk music.

He is survived by his widow, Mary Jarolimek of Choteau; a daughter, Mrs. Theodore (Sylvia) Swierczek of Minneapolis, Mn.; two sons, John of Bothell, Wa.; and James of Billings, Mt.; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Anne Frankish of Cicero, Il., and a brother, James of Berwyn, Il.



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