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NAME: Chamra, Vencil (m. Mary Pitka)
OBIT: Tama paper [d. 16 Sep 1939]
VENCIL CHAMRA DIED SATURDAY AT AGE OF 78Prominent Retired Otter Creek Farmer
Saturday morning at 10:30 in the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Wm. Kaufman, three miles northeast of Chelsea, occurred the death of Vencil Chamra, prominent retired Otter Creek township farmer. Death was caused by informities of old age. Mr. Chamra had been in poor health for the past four years, but was able to be up and around until the day before his death when he became very seriously ill and went into a coma from which he did not recover.
Vencil Chamra was a son of Jacob Chamra and Mary Trasak Chamra. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa, Nov. 1, 1860, and died while a resident of Tama county, Iowa, September 16, 1939, having reached the age of 78 years, 10 months, and 15 days.
When he was a child his parents moved to a farm six miles north of Chelsea in Otter Creek township, which farm remained his home continuously until 1937. He received his education in the rural schools.
Mr. Chamra began assisting his father with farming as a small boy, loving farming and made every effort to learn it thoroughly.
On Dec. 25, 1886, he was united in marriage with Mary Pitka of Toledo. Shortly after their marriage, his parents moved to another farm, and left the young couple to operate the home farm. His wife died January 21, 1933 and after her death Mr. Chamra and his son, James, operated the farm. On February 27, 1937, Mr. Chamra moved to Tama and spent a month in this city, after which he made his home among his six children in Tama county, and at Rose Hill, Iowa.
To Mr. and Mrs. Chamra were born seven children, six of whom survive. They are Frank of Rose Hill, Mrs. John (Emma) Enegar of Chelsea, Mrs. Joseph (Agnes) Cibula and Mrs. James (Blanche) Vokoun, both of Elberon; Mrs. Wm. (Louise) Kaufman of Chelsea, and James ofToledo. A daughter, Anna, died at the age of 16.
Surviving are twelve grandchildren, Mrs. Martin Walsh, and Charles, William, and Robert Chamra, all of Rose Hill; Joseph and Helen Enegar and Mrs. Edward Kaplan, all of Chelsea; Milvoy Cibula and Helen and Darlene Vokoun, all of Elberon; and Edward and Richard Chamra of Toledo.
There also are three great grandchildren, Betty Enegar and Jimmie Kaplan of Chelsea, and Wayne Chamra of Rose Hill.
Mr. Chamra's death is mourned by four sisters and two brothers, who are Mrs. Joseph Lacina of Tama, Mrs. Frank Dolash of Tama, Mrs. Joseph Pitka of Gladstone, Mrs. Albert Siedel of Chelsea, Albert Chamra of Chelsea, and Frank Chamra of Clutier.
Three sisters and a brother preceded him in death, Mrs. Joseph Ludvicek, Sr., Mrs. Frank Hulka, Mrs. Joseph Melsa, and Joseph Chamra, the last dying in infancy.
The funeral service was held Monday morning at 9 o'clock from Hrabak's Funeral home in Chelsea. Fr. W.F. Panek officiated. Mrs. Agnes Mercer and daughter, Kathleen, and Miss Florence Steiner sang, Mrs. Mercer accompanying at the organ.
Pallbearers were Frank J. Kupka, Frank Musel, Severin Musel, John Koutney, Sr., Joseph N. Sell, and James Zeman. Interment was in Stayskal's cemetery southwest of Vining.
A large crowd of relatives and friends attended the funeral. Among those from a distance were Mrs. Anna C. Wignall and Joseph Hulka, of Farnhamville, Ia.