Jarmila Hana Hofmann (Kozlikova)
We are so very sorry, Vernon, to hear of Hana's passing. We have fond memories of cruising with both of you, and we will remember the good times we had together. We wish you strength in this difficult time, and maybe we will meet again on a future cruise. Ben & Adriana
She held me in her arms with tears in her eyes as I took my first breath.
In return, I held this amazing woman in my arms with tears in my eyes as she took her last breath.
Two of the most powerful experiences ever know...
Hana has taught me to live and die with dignity and grace.
Thank you Hana.
Vernon, Vernon Jnr and Carolyn,
I hope it's a comfort to you all to know that Hana is so fondly remembered by so many people, near and far.
Although it's many years now since she lived here, her no-nonsense approach to life is legendary here in Gateshead, where Hana was a force to be reckoned with both on and off the Squash courts. Apart from our 'battles' on the squash court, Hana insisted on dragging me to the dental hospital to get my teeth seen to, and encouraged me to attempt to cook with the words: 'You can read can't you? You can read, you can cook!' She introduced me to Apple Strudel and, on one calamitous Sunday evening, to red wine. (I've never touched red wine again to this day!)
Each one of us whose lives she touched shares your loss today and our world is sadder for her passing. Her courage and determination throughout the years of her illness will remain an inspiration to all of us. May she rest in peace.
We will miss her at the bridge table with Vernon. We spent many happy hours cruising together. Hana was a fun and lovely lady. We send our love to the family.
George & Sally King (Palm Desert, CA)
I will refer to her as Jara, for that´s the name we called her. As my aunt, Jara was one of my closest relatives. In spite of that, we did not see each other many times, because of the distance that divided our homes. I am trying to recollect the days I and my family stayed with her. My most vivid memories are about walking in a park full of trees and flowers. Once in Pruhonice park, near Prague and another time in Trebon, not such a long time ago, just last year. Even then, sufferring a terrible illness, she stayed calm, enjoying her life as it was. I do not remember a single time she complained of anything, pain, fear, ... And that was admirable about her. The rationality she lived with. My wife Sarka stayed in her and Vernon´s house, with our 2-year old older daughter and pregnant with our younger one, 14 years ago. Since then, she always talks about Jara as of one of the best persons she has met. Terka (the older daughter) had another chance to see Jara thanks to Carolyn and her family, visiting in Oklahoma with them last summer. Jara gave Terka a lot and Terka was really very fond of her. Now we are sorry we did not have more occasions to see her. It is too late now. We are all terrible sorry. It is a hard time for Vernon, Carolyn, Vernon Jr. and their families, for Jara´s sisters Alena and my mum Iva. We are with you, feel with you, in spite of being elsewhere.
Dan and the family, Sarka, Terka and Edka