Marlys Corinne Machacek, Faribault Senior High School teacher from 1965 to 1987, died at the age of 84 in Sarasota, FL.
Memorial services will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. with memorial visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Marlys Corinne was born April 1, 1927 to George and Hannah (Hellerud) Mohn of rural Northfield. She attended the local schools and received her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1950, she married fellow Northfielder, Don Machacek, who died in 1981. While raising two sons, she was active in the Cannon Valley Girl Scouts as both a Leader and Treasurer, in the Northfield Arts Guild, and the Northfield Golf Club. She was employed as secretary for the Congregational Church for three years and later worked for the Chaplainís office and Department of Religion at Carleton College.
In 1965, she earned her Masterís degree from the College of St. Thomas and began a 21 year career as a teacher at Faribault Senior High School. There she taught a variety of English courses including Humanities and American Literature, as well as serving two terms as Department Chairman.
Upon retirement in 1987, she moved to Sarasota, Florida, returning to her cabin at Lake Mazaska for the summers. During those years she was an active member of the American Association of University Women and traveled widely, usually with her sister, Joyce Letven of Faribault, making many trips to Europe as well as Australia and Asia. In addition to travel, she enjoyed reading, bridge, the theater and golf.
She is survived by sons, Jeffrey of Northfield and Douglas of Nerstrand; special friend, Jeanna Machacek (Mrs. Douglas) of Nerstrand; sister, Joyce Letven of Faribault and a niece, Susan Kirchberg of Northfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don; a brother George H. Mohn and a nephew Judd Letven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Prairieís Edge Humane Society.
Name: Annette Pofahl Emory
Date: Wednesday July 13, 2011
What great memories I have of my English classes with Mrs. Machacek. She was born to be a teacher. Her classes were exciting and she always wanted the best out of you. I especially enjoyed when our class read Our Town out loud in class, and we had to read it with passion! I have thought of her often over the years and if you asked my husband who my favorite teacher was, he knew it was Mrs. Machacek. My sympathy to her family. Annette Pofahl Emory FSHS Class of 1972
Name: Joe Bachrach
Date: Tuesday July 12, 2011
Without a doubt Mrs. Machacek was the finest teacher I had during my years at FSHS. She taught many of us how to write and to think in an organized logical fashion. I am forever grateful to her. My condolences go to her family and friends
Name: Mary Marshall
Date: Monday July 11, 2011
Mrs. Machacek was indeed a gifted teacher! I enjoyed her classes so much and learned a great deal about Humanities and the Arts! She expected a lot from you, yet always gave you the support you needed to achieve whatever she asked of you. She corresponded with me throughout my life and always had words of wisdom and support. I will always value her parenting advice. She was an intelligent, classy and stylish woman and undoubtedly influenced lots of lives. Rest in Peace Marlys, you will never be forgotten!
Name: Joan Hale
Date: Sunday July 10, 2011
Whenever I have been asked about teachers who made a difference in my life, Ms. Mahachek was mentioned immediately. She was such an exciting teacher. She was passionate about her job and it was truly an honor to be in her class. When I went off to college, Humanities was not nearly as challenging or exciting as what I had completed in high school, with Ms. Mahachek. She loved teaching and it showed. And, to add to the fun, she had an excellent sense of humor that made you want to run back into her classroom everyday. I particularly remember one day when she forgot to put lipstick on her lower lip and she noticed it half-way through class. She ran out of class like she had to go put out a fire, then she came back in about 2 minutes later and humorously scolded us for not telling her that she had forgotten her make-up. It was truly one of the funniest high school memories that I have to this day.
Name: Mary Osborne
Date: Friday July 08, 2011
Mrs. Machacek was one of my favorite teachers at FSHS because she taught me how to write papers! She would make you write and rewrite papers until you got it right! I have been an elementary teacher for 35 years and I value the lessons that Mrs. Machacek taught me! My sympathy to you on the passing of this great lady!
Name: Greg Anderson
Date: Friday July 08, 2011
Dear Family, I want you to know how much I enjoyed having Mrs. Machacek as a teacher. It is because of her, I learned to love English literature and especially the works of Mark Twain. I am a college instructor now, and what I learned from her is being given to new generations. Many blessings to you all.