Mildred Ann Klapal, age 89, of Broken Bow, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Off Broadway Assisted Living in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were July 27 at the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Glen Emert officiating. Burial was in the National Bohemian Cemetery near Comstock. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Ann Klapal was born Dec. 15, 1922, on a farm southeast of Comstock, to John and Anna (Kluna) Stefka. When she was 3-years-old the family moved to a farm north of Comstock. Mildred attended Longwood School District 6 for five years. The family moved west of Comstock and she attended school at the Glasier School District 29. Mildred graduated from Comstock High School in 1939, at the age of 16.
Mildred was united in marriage to Frank J. Klapal April 22, 1942, in Broken Bow. In December they moved to Broken Bow. To this marriage three sons were born; Frank Marvin, Bryon Stefka, and Gordon John.
Mildred was a member of the United Methodist Church, and a member of the ZCBJ and WBFO Lodge 112, since 1934. She was an avid reader, enjoyed sewing, and playing the piano and her accordions. She loved music of all kinds and also participated in family activities. Mildred was a member of the Broken Bow Does 68, the Home Demonstration Club, Jaycees, the Broken Bow Fireman's Auxiliary, the Sparkettes, and a blood mobile volunteer. She was a Cub Scout leader for three years, taught Sunday School for three years and taught Vacation Bible School.
Mildred worked for Becton-Dickinson in Broken Bow for many years.
Survivors are her two sons, Frank Marvin (Ann) Klapal of Aurora, Colo., Bryon (Eula) Klapal of Castle Rock, Colo.; three grandchildren, Shawn and wife Susan of Aurora, Colo., Brandi and husband Steve West of Monument, Colo., Bryon Troy and wife Jessica of Castle Rock, Colo.; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Leonard (Donna) Stefka of Fort Scott, Kan.; brother-in-law, Eldon (Patricia) Klapal of Dothan, Ala.; three nieces and nephews. Mildred is preceded in death by Frank, her husband; son, Gordon; her parents, and her sister Libbie.
Mildred will be missed, but most of all she will be remembered for her love of family, and her love of polka music. She was very proud of her Czech Heritage.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 2, 2012