Mary Lou Kriha, 70

Mary Lou Kriha, 70, of New Prague, died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at Central Health Care Nursing Home in Le Center.

She was born on May 20, 1935, in Jefferson, IA, to Henry and Blanche (Perkins) Blasnitz. She was raised in Iowa and moved to New Prague in 1951. She attended Jefferson Public School and Iowa Nursing School.

Her marriage to Leonard F. Kriha took place at St. Joseph Church in Jefferson, IA, on January 10, 1957. Mary Lou was a LPN at Queen of Peace Hospital for over 30 years.

Mary Lou is survived by her husband; children, Bob Kriha, Steve (Michelle) Kriha, John Kriha, Susan Kriha, all of New Prague; three grandchildren; four sisters, Marge Beecher, Churdan, IA, Gladys Ferguson, Grand Junction, IA, Wyon Bennet, Jefferson, IA, Doris Murphy, Springdale, AR; one brother, Donald (Joyce) Blasnitz, Ft. Dodge, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Thomas Kriha, who died on September 14, 1975; one daughter in infancy; three brothers, Bill, Charlie and Darrel Blasnitz; four sisters, Maxine and Beverly Blasnitz, Kay Jacobs and Joyce Jirik.

Funeral services were private and interment was in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague.

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