Helen Wondra, 94

Helen Emily Wondra, 94, of Le Center, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Central Health Care Center in Le Center.

A lifetime resident of the area, Helen was born on April 5, 1914 in Montgomery Township, a daughter of James W. and Anna (Prchal) Kotek. She attended country school and later married George A. Wondra on November 15, 1932, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery.  They farmed in Lexington Township until they moved to Le Center in the fall of 1960. Helen was active in the Starlite Extension Club, enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her pride in her Czech heritage came through in her love for baking, especially kolacky.

She is survived by two sons, Harold (Ellen), Le Center and Richard (RoseMary), Lake Washington; sister-in-law Erma Kotek, Montgomery; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; infant son Ronald; grandson Larry Wondra; brother Jimmy Kotek; and two sisters Anna Holey and Bessie Holey.

Funeral services were held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Montgomery on Friday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., with an hour visitation prior to the service at the church.  Burial was at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery. Pallbearers were Lori Tuma, Darryl Wondra, Ted Wondra, Bernie Wondra, Susan Gillette and Theresa Wermerskirchen.

Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Le Center Funeral Home.

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