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obit: Veronika Rosak Frnka

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  • Rosemary Ermis
    Mrs. Veronika Frnka, mother in law of a former editor of the Citizen and for almost fifty years a resident of this county, died last Sunday afternoon in
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2011
      Mrs. Veronika Frnka, mother in law of a former editor of the Citizen and for almost fifty years a resident of this county, died last Sunday afternoon in Columbus at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Mrazek.
      Mrs. Frnka was born sixty eight years ago in Roznov, Moravia.  Her maiden name was Miss Veronika Rosak.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rosak, of Roznov, both of whom have been dead many years.  At the age of 18 she was married to Mr. Florian Frnka, in Roznov; and a short time later they came to America, immediately puttting their [omitted in obit] of this county and throughout of this country and throughout the rest of their lives giving to the Stars and Stripes all the allegiance, loyalty, affection and devotion of which the human heart is capable.
      They landed in Galveston in November, 1870 and came immediately to this county.  They located in Frelsburg and made that place their home until 1882 when they removed to the section of the county where the town of Nada now stands.  Two years they moved to Vox Populi.  It was there, in 1900, that the happy family tie was broken by the death of Mr. Frnka.  When Garwood was established Mrs. Franka took up her residence at that place, retaining that place as her home until about eight months ago when she came to Columbus to live with her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Mrazek, widow of the late Chas. Mrazek, who wa so well known and loved by the people of this county.
      Mrs. Franka had not been in real good health since a serious spell of sicknes about four years ago.  For the last eight months she had been in very feeble health; and for the last three months she has been hovering near death, the family physician stating that she could not recover.  Therefore, thought everything possible was done to prolong her life, her spirit failed to respond to the gentle ministrations of her beloved children and the best of medical treatment, and went on to its eternal home.  Thus Colorado County has lost a beloved resident, -- one whose life and work have been part and parcel of the pioneer days and of material influence in the upbuilding of the county.
      Mrs. Frnka and her husband were among the very first to settle in the Vox Populi section -- now the Garwood section; and it was largely through their work and influence that the foundational was laid and development was carried on for that prosperous portion of the county.  In fact, the sweet and noble character of Mrs. Frnka, and her beautiful Christian life, has left an indellible impression, not only upon her children and grand children but also upon the entire community where she lived for so many years.  She was an ardent Christian and a faithful member of the Catholic Church, to which church she belonged all her life; and she raised her children to love and honor the church even as she herself has loved it.  Several years ago she established a Memorial, a Side Altar to the Sacred Heart, in the Catholic Church at Nada; and it was to this church she loved so well, that her remains were carried last Tuesday for burial services.  Father Held conducted the Requiem Mass and preached an eloquent memorial sermon, paying an affectionate tribute to the memory of this good Christ woman.  The remains were laid to rest in the Nada Catholic Cemetery.
      Mrs. Frnka raised eleven children to maturity.  Nine of them survive her.  She is also survived by thirty six grandchildren and five great grand children.  Her surviving children, all of whom are well known and prominent in the life of this county, are Frank, John F., Ed R., Emil and Ben Frnka; Mrs. Fannie Halamirek, Mrs. Millie Kallina, Mrs. Bertha Mrazek and Miss Nona Frnka.  Her son in law, Charley Mrazek, was several years Editor of the Garwood Express and later for several years Editor of the Colorado Citizen.  Following his death his wife edited the Citizen and met with the same splendid success her husband met with.  And Mrs. Frnka's other children have taken active and leading part in development of the county.  All of Mrs. Frnka's children and grand children were born and reared in this county; and all, except two of the grand children still reside here.  The Frnka children; Mrs. Frnka's husband, and her husband's brothers, Jos. V. Frnka, and J. J. Frnka are among the best known people in the county.  In fact, the Frnka family name is almost as well known to the people of the county as the name of the county itself.
      The funeral service was one of the largest attended of any ever held in the county, sorrowing friends and relatives coming from many sections of the State.  Their silent grief and the beautiful floral offerings which covered the grave ____ tender testimony to the [torn page].
      Colorado County Citizen, Friday, November 21, 1919
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
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