A joint celebration of life will be held for Frank James Svoboda and Mary Ann Svoboda on Saturday, June 8th, at 2:00 PM at the Allen First United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow.
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Frank James Svoboda, 85, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, story teller and friend, died on 12/2/08, at his home in Burlington, WA.
Mary Ann Svoboda, 83, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died on 3/6/13, at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA.
FRANK JAMES SVOBODA
2/4/23 - 12/2/08
Frank was born in Fullerton, NE, the youngest of two children, (sister Josephine - deceased) both to Johan/John Svoboda, an immigrant from Poland who became a US citizen in 1928, and Josefa Rousova', an immigrant from Bohemia who became a US citizen in 1930.
Frank attended school in Fullerton, and won the NE State marble championship in high school, then spent much of his teenage life "riding the rails" throughout the US. He served in the US Army during WWII, between 1943 & 1946 where he was briefly stationed at Ft. Lewis and then served in the Pacific theater.
He returned to NE and married Mary Ann Heeckt on 6/1/46. They had three children; Roger Kent, Dennis Frank (deceased) and Katherine Jo Ann.
Frank worked for Goodyear Tire for 10 years making V-Belts before moving the family to Burlington, WA, where he worked as Purser for the Washington State Ferry Service until his retirement in 1984.
Frank was an active member of Elks Club and enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandchildren. He'd taken Dale Carnegie memory training and prided himself for remembering people's names years after they'd met. He loved to make wine, play cards, show off his "yo-yo" skills and occasionally filled in as home-room "father" at West View Elementary school. He enjoyed his cat Mandy, fishing, playing golf and was an accomplished carpenter, spending much of his time "puttering" in his shop making furniture and gifts (chimes) for family and friends.
MARY ANN (MARIAN) HEECKT SVOBODA
12/11/29 - 3/6/13
Mary Ann (Marian) was born in Lake View, IA, daughter of Freda Katherine Cramer, who died in 1936 of Scarlet Fever at age 25 and Otto Heeckt, an immigrant from Germany who served in the US Navy during WWII. Mary Ann was the oldest of four children, survived by sister Phyllis Hyde and brothers John Heeckt and Paul Koeppen.
Marian previously worked as a Secretary at Cascade Cannery in Burlington and Hulbush Funeral Home. She was active in PTA, regularly volunteered as room mother, enjoyed being on the local Bowling League and was an active member of the local Orthopedic Guild. She attended Skagit Valley College and enjoyed interacting with young people and volunteering at Northern State Hospital.
She was an accomplished seamstress/tailor, sewing extensively for her family and friends. She had a talent for interior decorating, refinishing furniture and she loved gardening, canning, and caring for her home. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Marian's family would like to thank the staff at Casmiro's Family Home for their loving and compassionate care these past few years.
Frank and Marian were married for 62 years and were active members of the First United Methodist Church. They enjoyed camping with the ANA-SAMS (camping club) where they shared potlucks and camping with friends and became yearly "Snow-Birds" in Arizona.
They are survived by son, Roger (Daryl), CA, daughter, Katherine McKenna-Smith (Joseph), WA, 9 grandchildren, Douglas, Emily Thiel (Josh), Kelly, Eric (Eugena), Jason (Stephanie), Desiree, Amanda Pachler (Kevin), Ian Brynilsden (Shari) & Scott Brynildsen (Chris) and 4 great-grandchildren, JD Svoboda, Madelyn Ferry, Audrey Pachler, and Teagan Thiel.
Frank and Marian will take their final journey to NE in the fall where they will be laid to rest between their parents.
In lieu of flowers please send charitable donations to Seattle Children's Orthopedic Hospital or
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 7, 2013