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Hilda Josephine Kucera, 81

April 6, 2011
Traer Star-Clipper

Hilda Josephine (Wacha) Kucera, 81, passed away March 30, 2011, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Traer, with Fr. David G. Kucera as celebrant. Interment followed at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, rural Clutier. Visitation was held on Friday, April 1st at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Traer from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a public rosary at 7 p.m. Arrangements by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.

On February 20, 1950, Hilda was united in marriage to Vitus Kucera at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, rural Vining. They lived for a short time east of Traer before moving to a farm west of Clutier. They farmed until 1984, when Vitus retired from farming. They later divorced.

Hilda's passion was gardening. She grew many different varieties of flowers to place in St. Wenceslaus church and Corpus Christi chapels and her home. Her colorful gardens slowed traffic driving past the farm. One of her favorite flowers was cannas, planting in excess of 350 hills. She grew various vegetables, which she canned for her growing family, and raised and sold hundreds of boiler chickens. Hilda also enjoyed baking kolaches, rolicky, angel food cakes and pies for her family and friends. She loved playing cards with the neighbors. She also loved babysitting for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed fishing with them. Her face would always light up when they came to Grandma K's. She always made sure she had treats to give them. Hilda was very active on various community and church committees. She was a member of the KD Lodge and Women Foresters. She also sold Stanley Home products for many years.

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Preceding Hilda in death were her parents, George and Louise (Chaloupek) Wacha; two brothers, Edwin and George; three sisters, Esther (Anton) Hlas, Edna (Ed) Buresh, and Rita (Charles) Hlas; one daughter Kathy; and two sons, Loren and Gerard, all three died in infancy.

She is survived by 12 children, Ron of Traer, Richard (Marlene) of Cedar Falls, Fr. David of Parkersburg, Dennis (Gayle) of Traer, Barbara (Don) Hulme of Denver, Michael (Karen) of Des Moines, Martin (April) of Traer, Betty Devine of Des Moines, Janice (Jack) Halupnick of Traer, Brian (Susan) of Cedar Rapids, Kevin (Pam) of Toledo, and Julie (Al) Nuzum of Baxter.

Hilda is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene (Milo) Dvorak, Traer and Marcella Dvorak, Toledo; two sister-in-laws, Rose Wacha and LeNora Wacha, both of Toledo; and a brother-in-law, Ed Buresh, Traer.

A memorial fund has been established.

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