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Lillian Hoch Macek

POSTED: January 20, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Lillian Hoch Macek, 92, of Roeland Park, KS died Monday, January 14, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She had lived in her home until the final 20 days of her life. She was born south of Wilson on April 30, 1920 to James Charles and Matilda Mayme (Diehammer) Hoch. When she began attending country school, she spoke only Czech.
She graduated from Wilson High School in 1938 and then went on to nursing school in Salina at St. John's Hospital. In 1941 she and her second cousin, Josephine Zeman, and close friend, Elaine Schuler, agreed that if the US went to war, they would join the Army Nurse Corps together. They did so in June, 1942 and served with KU Medical Center's 77th Evacuation Hospital in Europe, North Africa, and Sicily. Lillian was a surgical nurse and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
She married Leon Macek on April 14, 1947 in Salina. They lived in Ellsworth for a year before moving to Roeland Park where they raised their two daughters. In 1957 Lillian returned to nursing, working the night shift for her entire career, and retired from the VA hospital in 1985.
She and Leon then participated often in senior citizens' music events. Leon played the drums at many KC locations, and they loved the dancing and socializing. Leon died on August 12, 1990. In later years Lillian enjoyed making quilts, meeting with the Czech and Slovak Club of KC, baking kolache, and taking part in veterans' activities. She especially loved growing beautiful roses and caring for her dogs.
Lillian was also predeceased by her brother Emil of Wilson. She is survived by her daughters Anita Macek of Roeland Park, Loretta Macek of Mission, grandson Ted Alsop of Madison, WI, and former sons-in-law Edward Alsop of Lawrence, and Richard Malsick of Independence, MO.
A visitation will be held 1-4 pm Sunday, January 27 at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park Chapel. A committal service with military honors will be held at 1:30 pm Monday, January 28 at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the animal shelter of your choice.

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