Carol Chvala, age 83, of Sedona, AZ, born December 3, 1930 in the township of Cooperstown, Manitowoc County, WI, died Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Sedona, AZ of respiratory arrest. She was the youngest daughter of the late Wencel and Emma Frelich Chvala, Maribel, WI.
Carol graduated from Denmark High School in 1948 and in 1951 from Holy Family School of Nursing in Manitowoc, WI. She never married but left a legacy of accomplishments as a Registered Nurse and supervisor in the fields of Psychiatry, Obstetrics, Medical & Surgical Nursing, specializing in Labor & Delivery in hospitals in Wisconsin, Colorado and California. In the mid-1950's, she was a flight nurse for the Flying Tigers, treating military patients being transported from South Korea, the Philippines, etc. to the USA.
While residing in Torrance, CA she did coursework in computer programming & mathematics at El Camino College and then worked in the aerospace industry in 1956 developing computer systems for wind tunnel testing at North American Aviation. In 1959 she joined TRW Systems, Redondo Beach, CA, where for ten years she programmed/tested in "machine language" and Fortran II, the software that supported the Missile Guidance and Computer Simulation programs for the Mercury, Gemini, Centaur-Surveyor, Mariner, Minuteman, OGO & LEM programs & Apollo projects. She also worked for TRW Medical Programs Office Staff as a Hospital Planning Analyst developing hospital designs from the ground up, including the design of nursing stations, patient rooms, intensive care units, hospital information systems defining medical equipment & operational requirements, data collection and analysis and information flow. She was involved in the design, testing, and implementation of on-line remote terminal medical data handling systems that addressed patient date and registration, transfers, discharges, etc. She worked on planning projects for new hospitals in Texas, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Oregon, Chicago, Canada & Ventura, CA. Because of these experiences, Carol was published in the June 1976 AORN Journal for an article titled, "OR Supervisor's Role in Planning the Surgical Suite."
In 1969-71, she worked at Centinela Community Hospital in Inglewood, CA as nursing staff supervisor in labor and delivery and later as Director of Hospital Supply Services.
When Carol was about 37, she took up flying and held a commercial pilot's license and instrument rating. She owned a Cessna 150 for five years. Another favorite hobby of hers was horseback riding.
Carol was very family-oriented and was exceptionally close to her nieces and nephews, who will miss her immensely. She was also very close to her brother & sisters and was always there for them during times of medical crisis.
She is survived by her half-sister, Beverly (Dan) Skaletski, her step-sister, Grace Petska, plus 15 nieces and nephews. She also leaves special cousins, Vivian Petrie and Gwen Hronek. She was preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses: Rose (Victor) Rameker, Mamie (Charles) Konop, Emily (Richard) Warren, and Wencel (Jim) (Marie) Chvala. She was also preceded in death by nephew, Eugene Rameker.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kellnersville. The Rev. Ralph Merkatoris will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial with burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. The Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home of Kellnersville is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com
The family extends a special thank you for the exceptional care given Carol by the caregivers at Caring Hearts of Sedona, LLC., and to Hospice COMPASSUS for all their support in her final days. Also, to Carol's neighbor & friend, Priscilla Anderson, for her tremendous support and assistance to Carol in her later years.
A special thank you for loyal support and friendship to Carol's good friends; Dr. Vern & Anne Cotter, Virginia McClure; Kay Rusch; and Elinor Palmer as well as many other family and friends.
But, the one person who Carol truly depended on and who worked tirelessly at taking care of all Carol's needs was her niece, Virginia Veague. All of Carol's family would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to Ginny for taking such good care of this very special person in our lives.
Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral Home
1124 Main Street Kellnersville, WI 54215
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from July 6 to July 11, 2014