MADISON — Services for Elsie S. (Hartl) Kratochvil, 97, of Madison will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Historic Presbyterian Community Center for Arts & Education (formerly the Presbyterian Church) in Madison at Fourth and Nebraska Sts. The Rev. Cynthia Stewart will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Resseguie Funeral Home, 108 W. Fifth St. in Madison.
Elsie was born on Nov. 16, 1915, on Maple Crest Farm in Stanton County on land owned by the family since 1894. She was the fourth youngest of 13 children born to Anton and Amelia (Stoklasa) Hartl. She was raised on the farm and attended rural school before graduating from Stanton High School in 1933. After completing her normal training, Elsie taught in several rural schools in Stanton County for five years. She continued with her education during the summers at Wayne State Teachers College.
On June 6, 1939, Elsie married Arnold Earl Kratochvil at New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson. The couple farmed and later operated a John Deere dealership.
Elsie was a 50-year member of PEO Chapter AL. She served the Madison Presbyterian Church in many capacities. She had longtime friends in the Dimick Township Ladies Club.
She loved to travel and always had an atlas at hand. Elsie was a wonderful Czech cook and gardener. She had a love for Husker sports.
Elsie is survived by three children and their spouses, retired nurse and dietitian JoAnn and Senator Les Seiler of Hastings, retired Command Sergeant Major Arnold Michael “Mick” and Mary Kratochvil of Gretna and Washington State Park Ranger Kevin and Dellene Kratochvil of Concrete, Wash.; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Ginger McCormick, Richard and Kay Gorton, Stephanie Seiler, Gregory and Melissa Seiler, Bradley and Melissa Seiler, Tracy and Mike Beaman, Jennifer and Brian Steventon; 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; eldest child, Arnelle Snell; and her 12 Hartl siblings, Rudolph, Anton, Miles I, Libbie, Bessie, Emily, Joe, Jarmil, Lumir, Mary, Miles II and Gabriel.
Donations in honor of Elsie may be directed to the Historic Presbyterian Community Center for Arts & Education by making checks payable to Preservation Madison Inc.