Vickie’s life began on May 19, 1924, in rural Grant Township in Marion County. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Oborny) Stika. Vickie attended the Youngtown School in rural Marion County. She was united in marriage to John E. Smolik on September 30, 1946, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Pilsen, KS. Vickie was a homemaker and worked alongside her husband John on the family farm. Vickie spent numerous hours tending to her large vegetable garden and flower gardens. Every year she canned ample food for her family to enjoy over the winter months. She is remembered most for her Czech heritage in her baking of kolache and rolicke plus numerous other family favorite recipes. Not only was her baking enjoyed by her family but sought out by others in the community. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren all loved to spend time with her in the kitchen learning all her techniques. She enjoyed polka music and polka dancing in her free time. Vickie was a member of the St Mark’s Holy Family Catholic Church and a very active member of St. Mark’s Altar Society serving on the funeral dinner committee for decades. She thoroughly enjoyed the St. Mark’s quilting circle. Vickie was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Marion.
Her greatest joy was her family which includes daughters Theresa Linton of Phillipsburg, KS and Kathy ( Paul) Swan of Marion; grandchildren Ashley (Wes) Delaney of Phillipsburg, Lacey (Randall) Beaver of Hays, KS, Katrina (Justin) Griffin of Strong City, KSand Becky (Tim) Makovec of Marion; great grandchildren Zackary Delaney, Wyatt Delaney, Leah Beaver, Kandace (Stuart) Wakeman and Kassady Griffin, Morgan (Dustin) Looney, and Tyler Makovec; great great grandchildren Ava and Emrie Looney; and many nieces and nephews.
Vickie passed away at St. Luke’s Living Center on Tuesday May 3, 2022. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings Louis Stika, Valarian Stika and Henrietta Waner. Her family will gather with friends on Friday May 6th from 6-8 p.m. at Yazel Megli Funeral Home, Marion. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday May 7th at 10 a.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Marion by Father Brian Bebak. Vickie will be laid to rest in Marion Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the John and Vickie Smolik Memorial Fund to benefit the Marion Cemetery in care of the City of Marion. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Vickie at www.yazelmeglifh.com.