Gladys M. Nekola, 78, of Toledo died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Skiff Medical Center in Newton after losing a battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tama by Rev. Michael Mescher. Burial was a private burial, Monday afternoon. Visitation was 3:00 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the Hrabak Funeral Home in Belle Plaine and after 10:00 a.m. Monday at the church.
She is survived by: her son, Rex of Toledo; daughters, Suzanne Nekola of Grinnell, Geri (Jeff) Doyle of Newton, Regina (Casey) Hild of Atlanta, Ga., and Lorraine (Jon) Howard of Omaha; step-sister, Helen Timms of Galveston, Texas, also by six grandchildren; and exchange student Juan Ochra of Lima, Peru/Dubque.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Milo in 2010; her parents; step-brother Bill Hruby; and step-sisters, Albina Waterbeck and Emma Lacina.
Gladys was born April 9, 1932 in rural Vining to William and Agnes Ledvina Benda. She went to school through the eighth grade. She married Milo C. Nekola on January 16, 1951.
She was a homemaker. She held office with the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assocation, and was a member of the Carrol Township Homemakers, Tama St Patrick's Catholic Church, Eagles Auxiliary and the Rosary Society. Gladys was always a very social person, who enjoyed meeting people and going places, she enjoyed the farm life, cooking, baking, casinos and travel. Some of her trips were to the Middle East and Europe as well as seeing the United States via Amtrak, along with attending Polka Festivals and auctions sales. She enjoyed her kids, grandkids, relatives and friends.
There were no strangers in Glady's life, she will be greatly missed by everyone who ever met her. She left us with so many great memories and fun times.
A memorial fund has been established.