Clara M. Dohnalek, 96, of Solon, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Services were held Monday, Sept. 28, at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Visitation was one hour prior to services Monday at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Private family interment followed in Czech National Cemetery.
Clara was born April 8, 1913, near Swisher, the daughter of John and Anna (Biderman) Hynek. She married William Dohnalek on May 8, 1932, in Ely. He died August, 1973. She lived for 63 years on their farm located on the “Airport Corner.” Clara moved to Cedar Rapids in 1995 and most recently resided in the Solon Nursing Care Center. Clara was a member of the ZCBJ, now known as WFLA Lodge 400 and Rebecca Lodges for 50 years.
Her beautiful fruit orchard, garden and many flower beds were main attractions for those traveling to and from the Cedar Rapids Airport. Those who knew her will also remember her for her delicious kolaches, rolls, pies, and cakes. Clara will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Clara is survived by her son David (Barbara) Dohnalek of Swisher; daughter Carol (Edward) Gates of Papillion, Neb.; five grandchildren, Michael Dohnalek of Cedar Rapids, Mark (Pat) Dohnalek of Lees Summit, Mo., Cindy (Dave) Chase of Cedar Rapids, Stephanie (Chris) Wiese of Papillion, Neb., Kurt (Melissa) Gates of Liberty, Mo.; great grandchildren, Lauren Chase of Cedar Rapids, David and Erin Dohnalek of Lees Summit, Mo., Harrison and Amy Gates of Liberty, Mo., Shaeley, Dayton, and Marlee Wiese of Papillion, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Gladys Peterson, Evelyn Hynek, and Alma Roman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William; brother Adolph Hynek; sister Eleanora Clemons; and infant sister Elsie.
Memorials may be directed to the Solon Nursing Care Center, 523 E 5th Street, Solon, Iowa 52333.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Solon Nursing Care Center for their wonderful care during the last few years of her life.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com .