Olga M. (Sindelar) Drahozal, 85, of Cedar Rapids, and recently of the Solon Nursing Care Center, Solon, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at the care center from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Funeral Mass was held June 21 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church by Father Christopher Podhajsky. Burial was in Czech National Cemetery. The Czech Heritage Singers honored Olga with song at the funeral home.
Survivors include her children, Ruth (Mike) McCormally of Cedar Rapids, Wesley M. (Beth) Drahozal of Des Moines, Walt (Jan) Drahozal of Solon, Art (Rukhsana) Drahozal and Denise M. (Jeff) Upah, both of Cedar Rapids, Becky Jo (Terry) McGurk of Aurora, Colo., and Peter A. (Annie) Drahozal of Eldridge; 20 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Wesley; her parents, Mike H. and Lydia L. (Sultes) Sindelar; and a brother, Leo Sindelar.
Olga was born June 26, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, and was a lifelong Cedar Rapids resident. After graduating from St. Wenceslaus High School, she attended Mount Mercy College. On Aug. 7, 1948, she married Wesley J. Drahozal at St. Wenceslaus Church in Cedar Raids. Wesley died April 14, 2011.
Olga was a teacher for many years at the Cedar Rapids Czech School for Children and a member of the Czech school board. She was also a dedicated Camp Fire Girls leader for each of her three daughters’ groups and taught them many songs and folk dances.
Proud of her Czech heritage, she was a charter member of the Czech Heritage Foundation and a member of the board. She belonged to the National Czech and Slovak Museum Guild, the Federation of Czech Groups, Sokol Cedar Rapids, Lodge Cedar Rapids 262 Western Fraternal Life Association, Cadets of Saint George Branch 45 F.C.S.L.A., and the Czech Village Association.
She was a loving, dedicated wife and mother and truly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church or to the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.papich-kubafs.com under obituaries.