Miroslav "Miro" Medek, 72
Miroslav "Miro" Medek, passed away on September 1, 2017. He was born in Prague, in former Czechoslovakia on December 27th, 1944. He grew up in Zvolen where, in addition to playing volleyball and hiking, he loved to play his guitar in jazz bands. Miro served in the military in Czechoslovakia, then later completed his graduate degrees focusing on political economics and systems engineering at the College of Economics in Bratislava.
In 1979, Miro emigrated to the United States by way of political asylum in Greece with his wife, Daniela, and two daughters. They made Springfield, Virginia their home, where soon after settling down, their son would join the family. Throughout his 30 year career, Miro worked as a Computer Scientist/Database Engineer with several technology companies to include SEED Software and Mantech International. He continued his professional career with the MITRE Corporation from 1991 – 1996 then transitioned to MitreTek Systems in 1996. After a successful career as an accomplished technologist, and receiving numerous awards for his skills and expertise, Miro retired from Noblis-ESI/nee MitreTek Systems in 2006.
In his free time Miro loved Hiking, Sailing, and riding his touring bike. He enjoyed officiating his children’s swim meets and later in life joined Slovakian heritage organizations to develop friendships with others who had left their homes in Slovakia to follow their dreams of becoming Americans.
Miro is survived by his sister, Irena Medekova of Bratislava, Slovakia, his two daughters Lucia Medek of Richmond, Virginia and Henrietta Mahoney and her husband Darren Mahoney of Wilmington, Delaware. He is survived by two sons, Miro Medek of Nitra, Slovakia, and his wife Ivana Medekova, and Thomas Medek and his wife Katherine Noll of Brooklyn, New York. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Audrey, Aidan, and Veronika, and his Nephew Branislav Medek, in Bratislava, Slovakia. While Miro was married in life to Zdenka Medekova and later to Daniela Medek, he shared his final years with his companion and friend, Wanda Kellum.
A memorial and service will be held on Friday, September 15 at Miller Funeral Home, located at 3200 Golansky Blvd, in Woodbridge, VA. A visitation will begin at 6pm, followed by a memorial service at 7pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Miro’s honor. It is located at 1400 Inspiration Pl SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.