Wilma Marie Vavra Trejbal
Born February 7, 1930. Died March 30, 2018.
Wilma was the youngest of 4 and last surviving child of Marie Skolil and James Vavra. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio. As a child she moved with her family to a farm in Twinsburg, Ohio where she lived through graduating from Chamberlin High School in June 1948.
In August 1948 Wilma married Jaroslav (Jaro) Trejbal and they moved to Cleveland where Wilma worked as a telephone switchboard operator and jewelry store bookkeeper. Their next move took them from the city to Aurora, Ohio where they purchased a very old farmhouse and started their family that would eventually total 5 children. All family members helped in refurbishing the house although Wilma was forever chided that she would never make it as a drywall professional by using a butter knife to putty joints.
Wilma joined a major grocery chain at their distribution office in Solon, Ohio working with product buyers where she remained employed for 14 years. Many times her family were the genuine pigs in trying out new products or the happy recipients of Easter and Christmas candy samples. She and her husband Jaroslav often enjoyed Friday evenings out with friends playing pinochle or dancing at local clubs to live bands. Wilma and Jaro were active members in the Cleveland Aquarium Society until moving to Winter Park, Florida in 1971. Their many friends were of great support when they suffered the loss of their 5 year old son while living in Aurora.
Once settled in Florida Wilma worked as a bookkeeper for an industrial bearing company in west Orlando and then the accounting department of a downtown Orlando based law firm where she remained until her retirement. During this time Wilma became active in American Business Women’s Association and helped start a new Association chapter.
After retirement Wilma donated her time as a Pink Lady at Winter Park Hospital assisting family and patients and working in the gift shop. After the death of her husband Jaro, Wilma joined a Widow and Widowers Club where she enjoyed group lunches and dinners and trips to various cities around the U.S.
Always one to keep active, Wilma also worked part-time in her youngest son’s auto repair shop keeping the paper-side of the business organized and was considered the part-time mother of the shop employees.
In her spare time, Wilma knitted blankets for her children and their children, delighted in watching birds alight on the many feeders that surrounded her house and learned to paint.
Wilma is survived by children Jerri (James) Nagy, Cheryl (Tim) Shea, Scott (Corene Byrd) Trejbal, Shannon (Mayra Toto) Trejbal, grandchildren Christine (John) Dawson, Casey Shea, great-grandson Cole Dawson and great-great grandson Jaxson Dawson.
In lieu of flowers, Wilma’s children request donations to support Alzheimer’s research and eradication.
To the Trejbal family my heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I have very fond memories of both your Mom and Dad I for sure will never forget either one of them. As I know a piece of your heart went with your Mom but also remember she left you a piece of her heart. May you find comfort in your Family and friends. With heartfelt sympathies to all your family Linda and Dick Shreves
Linda Shrevesravenna, OH