Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa
Miss Rosalie TREJTNAR, was born at Zajeciny, Zamberk, Bohemia, April 8, 1846 and died [of liver cancer] at her home in Diagonal, Iowa,
November 12, aged 78 years, 7 months, 4 days.
On August 3, 1868 she arrived in Iowa, coming by train as far as Afton and was met there by Joseph D. KAFKA who had come
to this country from Bohemia two years previous and they were at once married and began housekeeping near Mt. Ayr, where
they lived the first five years.
They then moved to Lenox where they resided for twenty-seven years. Since the year of 1900 they have made their home in
Diagonal. The union was blessed with seven children, four of whom were removed by death, also their beloved father.
The deceased leaves to mourn her demise one daughter, Mrs. G. M. [Pauline] CARLISLE of Kansas City, Missouri and two sons,
Joseph A. KAFKA of St. Joseph, Missouri and George E. KAFKA of Diagonal.
It is the testimony of all who knew her that
she was a good woman, a devoted wife and a loving mother. We mourn the loss and the vacant chair can never be filled, but
unto Him who gave us a mother we may say, "The Lord gave and the Lord taketh away."
Funeral services were held from the Bohemian church, Rev. Wm. CALDWELL conducting the services to which the relatives and
a large circle of friends attended.
The remains were laid to rest beside those of her departed husband in the cemetery nearby [Bohemian Cemetery, rural
Diagonal, Ringgold County, Iowa.]
NOTE: The deceased children of Joseph D.
and Rosalia (TREJTNAR) KAFKA: John KAFKA, born February 1870, died 1873; Felix KAFKA, born 1884, died 1886:
Anna KAFKA, born 1871, died 1873; and, William KAKFA, born 1873, died 1879; as per census and cemetery records.
In the summer of 1866, Joseph D. KAFKA, the Antonin JEZEK family, and the Vit DOLECHECK family came to
Ringgold county from their home in Klasterec, Czechoslovakia. The voyage across the Atlantic Ocean took six weeks.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2009
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