George Vachta

George Vachta, age 92 of Cresco, IA passed away at his home on Saturday, January 4, 2020, surrounded by his family.


George Vachta, age 92 of Cresco, IA passed away at his home on Saturday, January 4, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco, IA, with Father Jacob Rouse officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery Cresco, IA. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the time of service Saturday at the church.

George was born in Protivin, IA to George and Agnes (Schneberger) on November 21, 1927. George was the oldest of 4 children. He attended and graduated from Rudolphinum School in Protivin, Iowa. While attending school, he worked at the General Store and Mill in Saude, IA.

After graduation George joined the Navy. He went to the Great Lakes Naval base in Chicago for four weeks of boot camp. After that he was sent to the naval Hospital in San Diego, CA to attend Hospital Corps School. Following Corps School he went to Operating Technician training school. The rest of his naval enlistment he spent working in surgery. This training served him well as upon his discharge he got a job at the Cresco Hospital as an operating room technician and later as an x-ray technician. George loved his work at the hospital. When he got off work at the hospital, he also had a part-time job at Hoines Drug Store for many years, even after his retirement from the hospital.

He met Teresa (Anderson), the love of his life at the Mercy Hospital in Cresco. They met when the two of them got stuck in an elevator together at the hospital. On April 23, 1951, they were united in marriage at the Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco. They became parents of three children, Linda, and twins, Tom and Don. They lived in Cresco all of their life.

George enjoyed camping with his wife and children and later with his grandchildren. He and Teresa led a marriage encounter group for young couples for several years. He was a member of the Calvary Cemetery Board for many years and belonged to the American Legion Post of Cresco. George and Teresa took trips throughout Canada and the United States, also making a trip to Germany. George loved to spend time in his shop making toy boxes, farm sets, cradles, and various other wood projects for his family. He loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

George is survived by his two children, Linda (Ken) Hemesath of Waucoma, IA and Tom (Mary Ellen) Vachta of Cresco, IA; four grandchildren and his seven great-grandchildren: Lonnie Langreck and Lincoln; Dr. Laura (Mark) Smith and Claire Teresa, Mary Grace, Ethan and Emily; Tyler (Jessi) LeClear Vachta, Antalya and Aurelia; Brian (Yokuthon Metinova) Vachta; his brother Ed Vachta of Wellman, IA, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Teresa on October 23, 2008, and his son, Don on August 7, 1975, his sister Millie and her husband Leo Kolbet, his sister Mary and her husband Jerry Jacoby, and his sister-in-law Ethel Vachta.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Howard County Community Hospice.

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