St. Wenceslaus High
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Overview of downtown, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
pages are available to all St. Wenceslaus 'Oldtimers.' Please send your
photos if you wish to add them to these pages. Include name (plus maiden
name), and year of graduation. Send any biographical or contact data and
news you wish to share. And please pass these pages along to any interested
Donna Jean Smith (Bird) '58
Donna Jean Smith (Bird) 71, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, April 23, 2012.
Jeanne Tompkins (Vlasek) '57
S. Tompkins (Vlasek) 69, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday morning, Dec. 28,
2009, at The Meth-Wick Woodlands Community. Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday
at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church by Father Christopher Podhajsky. Burial:
St. John’s Cemetery.
Jeanne is survived by a son, Gary Tompkins and his wife Linda; granddaughter,
Stacee An; stepgrandson, Matthew; sister, Rose Miller; brother, Edward
Vlasek and his wife Deloris; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Agnes (Barta) Vlasek;
brother-in-law, Donald Miller; and nephew, Brad Miller.
Jeanne was born June 19, 1940, in Cedar Rapids. She graduated from St.
Wenceslaus High School and then Paris Beauty Academy with a cosmetology
degree. Jeanne retired from Rockwell-Collins after 30 years in 1995.
She was a past member of Sokol Gymnastic Association and taught Religious
Education at St. Wenceslaus Church. Always proud of her Czech heritage,
Jeanne enjoyed being a teacher’s aide at the Czech Language School
for Children. Jeanne spent a lifetime sewing, knitting and crocheting,
including 25 years as a volunteer seamstress for the Symphony Guild’s
As a “world traveler,” Jeanne visited 45 countries and islands,
including the Czech Republic. She was a loyal volunteer receptionist at
the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.
In spite of her debilitating illness PLS, Primary Lateral Sclerosis, she
managed to continue her volunteer work at Meth-Wick by reading to and
filling out menus for her fellow residents and friends.
Please make a donation to http://feedingamerica.org
or any food bank in Jeanne Tompkins’ name.
Donna Jean Smith (Bird) '58 with husband Bill
Celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary October 2010
Bill and Donna Jean Smith (Bird) '58
Celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary October 2011
Class of '57
Class of 1957, 50th Anniversay, September, 2007
Trcka '57 with wife Dee
Wessel (Svoboda) '57
(Phyllis) Keegan '57
of '57 group photo in Kolache Heaven
Just hanging out