TOLEDO-Lois Mae Podhajsky, 91, of Toledo, passed away Friday, August 26, 2011 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama with Father Michael Mescher as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in rural Clutier. Visitation was held Monday, August 29, 2011 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama where there will be a Vigil Service at 7 PM.
Lois was born on November 12, 1919, in Tama, the daughter of Michael and Louise (Prueter) Vavra. She was educated and graduated from the Tama High School in 1937.
On June 4, 1940, she was united in marriage to Albert L. Podhajsky of Clutier in the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama.
Over the years, her hobbies included fishing, noted seamstress and loved quilt making and listening and dancing to old time music. She belonged to the Cedar Valley Polka Club, K.D. Lodge, Catholic Order of Foresters, and CCW. She also loved doing cross word puzzles and playing scrabble.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Albert in 2006; two sisters, Irene Gettemy and Eunice Cocayne; and a great grandchild, Noah Speck.
Surviving are her three sons, David (Irene) Podhajsky of Clutier, Thomas (Vicky) Podhajsky of Garwin and Michael Podhajsky of Albion; four grandchildren Lori (Rick) Speck of Garwin, Ellen (Adam) Stoakes of Clutier, Yvonne (Michael) Gardenier of West Liberty, and Byron (Dawn) Podhajsky of Janesville; seven great-grandchildren, Danielle (fianc Cody Prusha) Speck of LeGrand, Jacob Speck of Garwin, Liam Stoakes of Clutier, Gabriel and Chloe Gardenier of West Liberty, and Lauryn and Katelyn Podhajsky of Janesville, a close daughter of her sister, Kathy Cocayne of Dorr, Michigan; and many other nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.