Darlene Delma Trachta, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Ed and Joan Hemphill Hospice at Unity Point. Celebration of Life Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids. Burial will follow in Czech National Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids.
Darlene was born June 21, 1924, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Jerry and Josephine (Dostal) Merta. She was united in marriage to Leonard Modracek on Sept. 19, 1942. He passed away June 14, 1944. Darlene was united in marriage to Ernest "Ernie" Trachta on Feb. 6, 1946. She enjoyed crafts, ceramics, sewing, crocheting and gardening, and was a noted baker and cook. Darlene loved going to various Czech dances throughout the Midwest with Ernie, regardless of the weather. She was proud of her Czech heritage through writing, speaking and listening to the language. Darlene was a member of WFLA Lodge 262, CSA Prokop Velky Lodge 137, Czech Heritage Foundation, NCSML and the College Township Friendship Circle.
Darlene is survived by her children, Bonnie (Marvin) Rohlena of Keystone, Cheryl (Tom) Elgas of The Villages, Fla., and Joyce Barnd and companion Jim Stratton of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Jeff Rohlena, Kelly (Scott) Ronnebeck, Todd (Dani) Elgas, Chad (Jaime) Elgas, James (Christy) Barnd and Jessica (Jesse) Christenson; 12 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Delores (Larry) Phillippe of Belle Plaine, Dorothy Vavricek of Springville and DeeAnn (George) Sundberg of Bertram; sisters-in-law, Peg Zach of Cedar Rapids, Judy Schreiber of Marion and Betty Merta of Lisbon; as well as her nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Leonard Modracek and Ernie Trachta; a grandson, Steve Rohlena; and her brothers, Don (Maxine), Robert (Kate), Eldon (JoAnn), Kenneth, Richard, Marvin and Jerry (Helen) Merta Jr.
Memorials may be directed to the NCSML in her name.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.