Albert John Petrik Albert John Petrik, 86, long-time Gayville area farmer, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. His Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with Rev. Mark Lichter officiating.�? Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.�? Visitation was 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with a rosary at 7 p.m. followed by a scripture service at 7:30 p.m. Albert was born Feb. 4, 1922 at Tyndall, to John and Anna (Travnicek) Petrik. He married Irene Frances Marek on Jan. 21, 1947 in Yankton.�? In addition to�? his passion for farming,�? Albert�? was committed to his community as�? a member and president of the Gayville Board of Education, and the Farmers Cooperative Board, including�? time as its�? president; Yankton County 4-H leader; Eucharistic minister, Sacred Heart Church; Knights of Columbus; and Yankton Elks Lodge #994, Although Albertâ�?�?s formal education in a country schoolhouse ended after the eighth grade, he took enormous pride that�? each of his eight children graduated with a college degree.�? �? He is survived by his wife, Irene; and children, Ann Morgen (Bob), Tabernacle, NJ, Carol Gregg (Jim), Crookston, MN, Marjorie â�?�?Maggieâ�?�? Murphy, (Mike Hamilton) Kona, HI, John Petrik, (Rebecca) Bismark, ND, Nelda Werkmeister, (Dennis) Paulina, IA, Mary Young, Wilmington, DE, Jim Petrik (Sharon), Gayville, and Jeff Petrik (Melissa), Knoxville, TN.�? He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Albert was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Martha Slama; a son-in-law, Thomas Murphy; a granddaughter, Gretchen Gregg, and a grandson, John Gregg.
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