BEATRICE PRYATELBeatrice Margaret (Hoeschen) Pryatel, 92, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013.
Beatrice Margaret (Hoeschen) Pryatel, 92, passed away Friday, May 24, 2013, in Mala Strana Health Care Center in New Prague, Minn.
Beatrice was born May 15, 1921, in Albany, Minn., and grew up in Freeport, Minn. Her parents were Margaret (Fabeck) and John Herman Leo Hoeschen. Beatrice was the third child of seven children in the family; six girls and one boy – Evelyn, Helen, Beatrice, Jeanette, Leo, Joan and Viola. She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Freeport. Beatrice was an excellent student, sang solos, took part in plays and participated in a harmonica band.
After Beatrice’s completion of school, she moved to Duluth to work. There she met her husband, Fred William Pryatel. They were married in January of 1940 in Duluth and raised their three children. When Beatrice’s husband retired, they moved to Cloquet.
Sewing was Beatrice’s favorite hobby. She was an excellent seamstress; making her children’s clothes, garments for herself and very complicated tailored dress pants for her husband. Fred was so proud of her work. She taught herself how to crochet and made a tablecloth for each of her children and grandchildren. Beatrice was also an excellent cook. There was always a big feast when the family gathered. She spent many days baking and preparing special meals for holidays and visiting friends. Beatrice took pride in setting the tables with fine linens, China and silver. She loved playing cribbage with her husband, sons-in-law and with the Cloquet Senior’s cribbage group.
Beatrice traveled to Florida for several years with her daughter and husband; and at the age of 83, she went to Germany with her son and his wife to visit two grandchildren who were living there. Beatrice’s favorite movie was the “Sound of Music,” and she visited the spot where the movie was filmed.
Beatrice was the ancestor of her great-grandfather, Anton Hoeschen, who emigrated from Altenbeken Pendora Germany in 1824 with a wife and 10 children. He was Freeport, Minnesota’s developer, buying up as much land as possible to divide for his children. He encouraged his family to become active in the community and financially assisted them in starting many businesses, one of which still exists today, the Swany White Flour Mill. A story is written about Beatrice’s great-grandfather, Anton Hoeschen, in the centennial book named “Freeport: 100 years of Family, Faith and Fortune” and in the December 2000 National Geographic Magazine.
Beatrice was proud of her German heritage. She and her sisters enjoyed singing together in German. Beatrice was also very dedicated to her family and her faith making certain that her children never missed Sunday Mass - walking in rain and snow storms on Holy Days, First Friday Communion and all the Lenten services. At the Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet, she worked for the church bazaar, served at all the funerals, walked to daily Mass, and was a member of the “Daughters of Isabella.” When Beatrice sold her Cloquet home, she moved to the assisted living in New Prague, Minn., to be closer to family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Fred; siblings Evelyn, Helen, Jeanette and Leo; and daughter-in-law Barb (Bierden) Pryatel.
Beatrice is survived by her children, Lois (Tony) Kochevar, Shirley (John) Gornick and Ronald Pryatel; sisters Joan Barrutt and Viola Ware; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and numerous relatives.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Tuesday, May 28, in Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 102 Fourth St. in Cloquet. Interment at New Calvary Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the church social hall.
Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Care with online guestbook at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net
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