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Linn County Obituaries


  • unknown paper
    7-27-1945
    Michael Bezdek
    Michael Bezdek 75, a lifelong resident of Linn County, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a lingering illness. He was born in Putnam township, Linn county, the son of Martin and Katherine Bezdek.
    Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Anna Skalsky of Ely and Mrs. Frances Broz of Amana; a brother, Martin Bezdek of Fairfax and several nieces and nephews.
    Services will be conducted in the Polansky chapel at 10:30 a. m. Saturday by the Rev. Gilbert Laketek. Burial will be in St John's cemetery. Friends may call at the Polansky chapel.

  • Unknown paper
    2-11-1938
    Mrs. Mary Holub.
    Mrs. Mary Holub died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Klimes, 529 First Avenue W, at 3:35 P.m. Thursday after a lingering illness. She was born in Bohemia March 22,1865, coming to this county with her parents when a small child.
    Survivng are three children, Mrs. W. G. Kohl, Iowa City, Louis L. Holub, route 3, and Mrs. Joseph Klimes; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Skalsky, Ely and Mrs. Frank Broz, Walford; two brothers, Michael Bezdek, Cedar Rapids, and Martin Bezdek, Fairfax, and nine grandchildren. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death, as did her husband who died thirty-six years ago.
    The body was taken to the Teahen mortuary, from which it will be returned to the home at 4 p.m. Friday. The rosary willl be recited at the home at 4:30 p.m. Friday by the third unit of the Rosary society and by the Rev. D. J. Lenihan. She was a member of St. Patrick's church, where funeral services willl be held at 10 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. D. J. Lenihan, Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery, Prairieburg.

  • Unknown paper
    7-22-1936
    Mrs. Katherine Zabokrtsky
    Mrs. Katherine Zabokrtsky, widow of Frank Zabokrtsky, died at her home in J street and Twenty-eight avenue SW, at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday after a lingering illness.
    As Katherine Bezdek she was born in Bohemia, Nov. 25, 1861 and came to the United States with her parents seventy years ago., settling in Johnson county. In 1878 she was married to Frank Zabokrtsky, who died March 17, 1924. She had been a resident of Cedar Rapids for seventeen years and surviving are three children; Mrs Joseph Andrle, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Frank Kofron, Mason City; Joseph Zabokrtsky of Walford, six grandchildren and six great-grand-children. She slso leaves three sisters, Mrs. Anna Skalsky of Ely; Mrs. Mary Holub, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Frank Broz of Amana, and three brothers, John and Mathias Bezdek, Cedar Rapids, and Martin Bezdek of Fairfax..
    Funeral services will be held in the home Friday at 8:30 a.m. and in the St. Ludmilla church at 9 conducted by the Rev. John T. Chihak. Burial will be in the Bohemian National cemetery. The family requests no flowers.
    The body will be taken from the Polansky chapel to the home at 3 p.m. Thursday where friend may call. The Rev. Father Chihak will recite the Rosary at the home at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

  • Unknown paper
    12-17-1937
    John Bezdek Kills Self With Shotgun On Farm Near Paris
    John Bezdek, 60, of 39 Eighteenth avenue SW, fatally shot himself Thursday at 12:10 p.m. with a 12-gauge double-barreled shotgun. The shooting occurred in the farm home of Wes Kubec, near Paris, Ia. Mr. Bezdek had been in ill health for the last ten years and had been staying on the Kubec farm in an effort to recuperate.
    Dr. R. E. Munden, deputy county coroner, who investigated, pronounced the case a suicide and said no inquest would be held.
    Mr. Bezdek was born in Putnam township, Linn county, March 3,1877. In 1901 he was married to Barbara Kubec and they moved to South Dakota where they engaged in farming for seven years. They then returned to Cedar Rapids where he was a painter. he had resided here since then.
    Mr. Bezdek is survived by his widow, a son, John, 1613 Twelfth Avenue SE, and four daughters, Mrs. I. J. Hamilton, 2214 J street SW, Mrs. Lester Stodola, 208 Wilson avenue SW, Mrs. Lester Binko La Salle, Ill., and Mrs. Clarence Atwood, 39 Eighteenth avenue SW.
    He also leaves three sisters; Mrs. Frank Skalsky, Ely; Mrs. Mary Holub, Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Frank Broz, Walford, and two brothers, Martin Bezdek, Fairfax, and Michael Bezdek, Cedar Rapids.
    The body was taken to the Kuba funeral home where services will be held, Sunday at 2 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday evening.

  • Unknown paper
    11-11-1946
    Frank J. Lawrence.
    Frank J. Lawrence, 704 E avenue NW, resident of Cedar Rapids the last six years, died in his home at 7:50 a.m. Monday after a long illness. He was born in Prairieburg July 26, 1880.
    He was married at Oxford Junction April 4, 1910, to Mary C. Ruley, who survives. Also surviving are 12 children, Melvin J. of Toddville, Louis F. of Springville, and Roy G., Clara J., Larry P., Stanley L., Francis J., Marion T., Richard P., Mrs. Viola Myers, Betty Jean Lawrence and Delores Marie, all of Cedar Rapids;, three brothers, Victor J. of Anamosa, Mike of Prairieburg and John of Oxford Junction; a sister, Mrs. Mary Bednashek of Prairieburg, and five grandchildren.
    He was a member of St. Patrick's church, where funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. D. J. Lenihan. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery, Prairieburg.
    The Rosary will b e recited by Msgr. Lenihan at 8 pm. Tuesday in the Teahen chapel, where friends may call.


  • Contributed by, KulaLacat@aol.com
    Cedar Rapids Gazette
    unknown date
    Hubert Leonard Powers 74, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1996, in St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, after a long illness. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Prairieburg, by Rev. Richard Ament. Burial St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Murdoch Funeral Home, Central City, where a parish vigil service begins at 7 p.m.
    Survivors: include his wife, Zita: a son, Ron of Cedar Rapids, two daughters: Sherry Batchelder and husband Greg of Denver, Colo. and Kathy Patterson and husband Larry of Cedar Rapids; a brother, Sal Powers and wife Marlene of Prairieburg: two sisters, Bea Drexler and husband Ray of Cedar Rapids, and Marie Lattner and husband Bill of Dallas, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Liz Powers and Ollie and Bessie Kula, and a son, Rick.
    Born the son of Leo and Elizabeth Holub Powers on Nov. 5 1921 in Prairieburg, Hubert married Zita Himes there on May 16, 1944. He retired from the Delaware County Road Department, where he was employed for 11 years. Hubert was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and The Good Ole Boys of Prairieburg.
    A memorial fund has been established.


  • Contributed by, KulaLacat@aol.com
    Cedar Rapids Gazette
    Sun. Nov 8. 1992
    Bessie A. Kula 98, of 200 Olive Dr. SW, formerly of Prairieburg, died Friday evening in Mercy Medical Center. Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Prairieburg. Burial church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Murdoch Funeral Home, Central City, where a Scripture service begins at 7:30.
    Surviving are two daughters, Beatrice Drexler of Cedar Rapids and Marie Lattner of Dallas Texas; and a son, Hubert Powers of Prairieburg.
    Also surviving are seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
    Bessie was born to Joseph and Theresa Bezdek Holub on Nov. 5, 1894, in Prairieburg, where she married Ollie Kula on April 2, 1918. She was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ollie; seven brothers; and four sisters


  • Contributed by, KulaLacat@aol.com
    Cedar Rapids Gazette
    Fri. Aug 10, 1990
    Margaret F. Holub, 74, of Central City, formerly of Prairieburg, died Thurday morning in Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, following a lengthy illness.
    Born April 1, 1916, near Prairieburg, she was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Central City.
    Surviving are a brother Leonard of Central City, and a sister, Leona Mershon of Anamosa.
    Services; 1:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Central City, by the Rev. Marvin Salz. Burial: St. Joseph's Cemetery, Prairieburg .
    Friends may call after 4 p.m. today in Murdoch Chapel, Central City, where a rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. and a Scripture service held at 7:30 p.m.
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