NAME: Cibula, Katherine (m. James/Vencel Prusha)
Mrs. James Prusha Dead at Age 74 - Leaves Four Children, 9 Grandchildren
Mrs. James Prusha Sr., farmwoman residing 3 1/2 miles northwest of Chelsea on Highway 30, died Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at her farmhome. She had been an invalid for three years with rheumatism and suffered a stroke last Thursday afternoon which caused her death.
Katherine Cibula, daughter of M- - - Cibula and Marie Stanek Cibula, she was born Nov. 28, 1869, in a log cabin on a farm southwest of Vining, Ia., and died Aug. 12, 1944, while a resident of the northwest Chelsea farming community, having reached the age of 74 years, 8 months and 15 days.
She attended a rural school in Otter Creek township.
On March 13, 1889, she married James Prusha and they began housekeeping on a farm in Otter Creek township. A year later they went to Nebraska and farmed nine months, returning to Tama county after their first crop failed. They farmed on various places in the north Chelsea community until 47 years ago when they bought the present farm. They increased this farm from 89 acres to 150 acres.
Mrs. Prusha was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church of Chelsea.
Despite her long illness she was cheerful and happy. She dedicated her life to helping others and took particular interest in her family and grandchildren.
She and Mr. Prusha observed the 52nd wedding anniversary, March 13, 1941, with all of thier children and grandchildren present.
Mrs. Prusha is survived by her husband, two sons, Emil at home and James Prusha Jr. of east of Tama, two daughters, Mrs. John (Julia) Kratoska of Fairband, and Mrs. Louis J. (Caroline) Kvidera of near Toledo.
Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Lillian, Maxine, Paul and Floyd Prusha of east of Tama, Roger and Margery Kvidera of near Toledo, Mrs. Francis (Valesta) Ahles of Jesup, Mrs. Nick (Velma) Ahles of Waterloo, and Woodrow Kratoska of Fairbank and a great grandchild, Sharon Annette Ahles of Waterloo.
She was preceded in death by daughter Agnes at the age of 13, brother, Frank Cibula of Vining on March 2, 1944, and also by a half brother and half sister.
Funeral service was held Monday morning, Aug. 14, at 8:15 from the farmhome and at 9:15 from St. Joseph's Catholic church at Chelsea with Father Panek officiating.
Pallbearers were three grandsons Paul Prusha, Roger Kvidera, Woodrow Kratoska and Frances Ahles of Jesup, melvin Cibula of Chelsea and John Koutney, Jr. of Chelsea. Burial was in the Stayskal cemetery west of Vining.