St. Paul, Minn. Alba Benda 97, passed away on February 3, 2011 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Home, a Franciscan hospice in St. Paul, Minn., following her second onset of cancer. She rested comfortably in her final days with the care and help of her five children, Michael of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Pamela Zoroufchi of Saint Louis, Mo., David of Woodbury, Minn., Ivan of Exeter, New Hampshire, and Regina VanSpeybroeck of Dallas, Texas. Their children and spouses, Mary Spiess Benda, Jaffar Zoroufchi, Ingrid Hackbarth Benda, and sister-in-law, Sister Ludmilla Benda, were also present.
A memorial service was held at St. Anne's Church, Sunfish Lake, Minn., on Monday February 7 at 4 pm, and a celebration of life social was held at Southview Senior Living, 1984 Oakdale Avenue, West St. Paul, on February 4 at 2 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Church, Belle Plaine, in early spring.
Alba was born on March 1, 1913 at Clutier. She attended school in Clutier and high school at Mount Mercy, Cedar Rapids. She married Cyril Benda of Toledo, on February 6, 1934. They lived on farms near Clutier and then Toledo for the first 13 years of their marriage, and Alba worked the farms with her husband. They moved to Tama in 1947, and then to Belle Plaine in 1951. They operated a Gambles hardware store for years in Belle Plaine. They moved to Cedar Rapids in 1957, Des Moines in 1959, Clyde in 1960, and back to Belle Plaine in 1963. Her husband, Cyril was killed in an auto accident in 1973. Alba moved to an independent apartment at Southview Senior Living, West St. Paul in 2006, where she could be near her sons Michael and David.
Alba Marie Benda
Alba loved dancing, going to Danceland and Armar Ballroom in Cedar Rapids, and listening to Guy Lombardo, all of the big bands, and the Lawrence Welk TV show. She was known for her Bohemian pastries, kolaches and rholichy, dill soup, cucumber pickles, duck, and sauerkraut. In recent years, she enjoyed making frequent trips to the St. Paul farmer's market for fresh produce and flowers. She loved playing bingo, and was often seen with a friend at each side, giving them assistance as needed.
Alba is survived by 18 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, her sister, Martha Husak Street of Johnston, Iowa, a brother-in-law, Leo Benda, three sisters-in-law, Martha Strochota, Helen Benda, Marcy Benda Parker, and Sister Ludmilla Benda. She was preceded in death by her brothers Joseph Husak of Polk City, Iowa and Louie Husak of Belle Plaine, IA, her parents, Agnes and Joseph Husak, her sister-in-law Hilda Benda Zmolek and brother-in-law John V. Benda.
Mohou ji - rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Good Counsel Home, 2076 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.