Violette Smejkal Miller, 99, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, Monday May 20, 2019, at Hiawatha Care Center.
Services will be held Friday May 24, 2019, 10:00 am at All Saints Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am. Burial will be at Czech National Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter Sandy(Pat)Murphy, daughter Linda Smejkal Smith, son Steven Smejkal, and daughter Kris(John)Bloodgood. Seven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren. One brother, Don(Marge)Richards.
She was preceded in death by husband Louis Smejkal, husband Bill Miller, granddaughter, Maureen Murphy, one brother and one sister.
Violette was born March 8, 1920, in Oelwein, Iowa to parents Ned and Germaine Richards. She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in 1941, and married Louis Smejkal June 8, 1941 in Hannibal, Missouri. Louis and Violette started their family in Cedar Rapids in 1942, she stayed home raising the kids, and began her nursing career after Louis passed in 1956. Violette enjoyed playing bridge, and doing ceramics. Volunteering for the American Heart Association was her passion.
A special thank you to Hiawatha Care Center staff, and Dr. Mary Ann Nelson, for the wonderful care given to Vi for the last four years.
Memorial donations may be directed to American Heart Association, or All Saints Catholic Church.