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Spring Cleaning- We will be at the cemetery on Saturday April 29th at 10:00 to perform spring cleaning.  This consists of gardening, clearing branches and vines and generally making the place look great.  We will have help from our friends at the fraternity at UMBC.  Pizza will be served.  Even if you cannot hlpe with the plantings and cleanup, come and visit and show your support.

Open House -On December 11,2016 from 1:00 to 5:00-The Grand Lodge will be leading tours of the cemetery and cultural center and sponsoring Christmas decorating at the cemetery and center.  People are welcome to place their flowers on the graves and joins us for Czech refreshments.  It is also a time to update your records on your family members and show your support.  We hope to see you there.  If you cannot attend and would still like to have us place flowers on the graves for a nominal fee, please contact Christina Condon at 410-309-3145.

Veterans Day- The Grand Lodge will be hosting our Fall business meeting followed by the placing of flags on graves of the veterans.  We will also offer a tour of the Bohemian Natinal Cultrual Center and ancestry workshop.  The cottage will open beginning at 1:00 on Sunday 13th.  Refreshments will be served.

Mildred Hilda Vrzalik- On October 31, 2016 Mildred Hilda Vrzalik (nee Pouska); beloved wife of the late Leo F. Vrzalik; devoted mother of Cammie Hugunin and her husband Glenn and Marie Hillberry and her husband Steven Max; loving grandmother of Heidi, Greg and Holly Hugunin and Dylan and Hannah Hillberry; dear sister of Henrietta Moyer and the late Jerome and Henry Pouska. Millie was a long time member of our Czech community, Sokol, CSHA and the Grand Lodge.  She attended most or our activities, and always brought a long a homemade baked good to share.  Her smile and attendance always brightened our days and whe will be well-remembered and sorely missed.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice .

Marie A. HORACEK– ON APRIL 23, 2011, MARIE A. HORACEK, (nee Kiesling); beloved wife of the late Frank Horacek and devoted mother of Marie Maevers and husband Karl and Ruth Zeller and husband George. Loving grandmother of Stasie and Dale List, Karl Reader and Melissa Maevers, Theodore Zeller and Elizabeth and Jay Fisher. Interment in Bohemian National Cemetery.

Marie Pokorny-1924 – 2014-On November 11, 2014 Marie R.Pokorny (nee Mentlik); beloved wife of the late Albert Pokorny; devoted mother of Al Pokorny Jr. and Tom Pokorny and their wives Cathy and Sharyn; loving grandmother of Sarah Dorman, Joanna Lyle and Ross Pokorny and great grandmother of James and Addison. Also survived by Vicki and Michael Collett and sister Elizabeth Saraullo. Marie was a long time member of Baltimore Sokol and a valued member of the Grand Lodge CSPS. She was active in the restoration project and always provided baked goods for our activities. She is missed.

Louise Zeman Taborsky (Aloisie Pavlina Zemanová Táborská)-30-Jun-1921 to 12-Oct-2014 On October 12, 2014 Louise passed away in Ellicott City Maryland, USA. Louise was the youngest of eight children of Bohemian emigrants. On June 30, 1921, she was born at home, on Rose Street in Baltimore City. She attended local public schools and the Augustine Herman Czech School and was fluent in English and Czech. At Girls Vocational School, she studied dress making and design. When she graduated, she worked at Hutzlers and then Hochschild Kohns doing dress alterations.
When she was around 10 years old, she became a member of Sokol, a Czech social and gymnastic organization where she continued to compete and teach gymnastics through her adult life. In October of 1928, on the grounds of St. Wenceslaus Church, she celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, performing the “Beseda” in traditional Czech dress at the festival.
She raised Pekinese dogs and entered her dog, Ming Toy, in the big pet show in Baltimore. She competed in gymnastics in Baltimore, Chicago and New York City. On July 2, 1939, at the New York World’s Fair, on Czechoslovakia Day, she was awarded second place on high-low bars. She was privileged to meet the President of Czechoslovakia, Edvard Beneš, who made an effort to find her after the event to speak with her and congratulate her.
On Feb. 15, 1943, she married her long-time friend, Emil Taborsky, also a descendent from Czech emigrants whom she met at gymnastics. The two of them continued to teach gymnastics at Sokol. They were in touch with their families in Europe and became interested in the family history. They traveled with their children to Czechoslovakia for the first time in, August 1969. Their trips continued every few years. They also assisted Czech citizens to immigrate to the US with the help of the US State Department and Barbara Mikulski. After the death of her husband, in 2005, Louise was active in the efforts to save the Bohemian National Cemetery in Baltimore, MD. She served as a volunteer in the restoration and preservation of the cemetery which is now a protected historic site, and she was on the Board of Directors of the Grand Lodge ČSPS. At the age of 93, the month prior to her death, she was at the cemetery with her family helping to clear fallen branches in preparation for the Memorial Day Ceremony.
As a child, she attended Mount Tabor Methodist Church and later Towson United Methodist Church where her funeral will be held, on Sunday October 19 at 1:30 pm. She is survived by her children Caryl Jeanne and Roger Taborsky, Jan Parekh and her husband Barry, her grandchildren David and his wife Brigid, Brian and his wife Kelly Reamer, Angela McInvale and her husband Brian, Tara, Jay and Neal Parekh and great-grand-children, Tyler and Brennan Reamer, Julian Palad and Scarlett and Isla McInvale. Donations in her name can be made to the Grand Lodge ČSPS, c/o Shirley Regler, 1141 Gypsy Lane, Towson, MD 21286 or Towson United Methodist Church.

Dolores TaborskyOn February 28, 2014 Dolores “Zel” A. Taborsky, 91, a longtime resident of Oak Crest Village and beloved wife of the late Stanislav (Stanley) Taborsky. Dolores was a graduate of the St. Wenceslaus School in East Baltimore and was an active participant in the alumni association for many years. She worked at Bendix-Frieze as an electronics technician and performed with the notorious Frieze follies which entertained troops during World War II. Her friends from Bendix later formed a club known as the Jester’s Ladies Club which sponsored many social events. Dolores attended many Sokol events with her family and was a charter member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Engineers Club in Baltimore. She was very active with the St. Johns Old Timers (old tenth ward) in later years. During retirement she traveled extensively with her friends Rita and Helen. Dolores was an excellent cook and known for her holiday feasts and Czech specialties. Education was always a priority at the Taborsky household and her children graduated from Hopkins, Duke, and Loyola. She is survived by her children Craig of Baltimore, Alan of Parkville, Lee Ann Bandy and her husband Michael of Columbia, grandson Dean Finckel and cousin Bea Kaspar, her sister-in-law, Louise Taborsky and family.

Family and friends are in invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Tuesday, March 4th, in The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 9 A.M. Inurnment will be in Bohemian National Cemetery on Monday, March 10th at 11a.m. Donations may be made in her honor to The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd, Towson, MD 21286 or St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 2111 Ashland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21205, or the Grand Lodge ČSPS Bohemian National Cultural Center.

John Phillip Hudak, 83, died at home in Annapolis on November 13, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Carl Hudak, who passed away on May 13, 2013.
Born in Baltimore Maryland, he was the oldest child of Marie and John Hudak, a Bohemian mother and Slovakian father. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, and the University of Maryland. He worked for many years as a mechanical engineer with companies such as Martin’s, Northrup Gruman, and Gould. He worked with hydraulics on submarines and naval ships, as well as other types of engineering projects with numerous government contractors in the Baltimore and Washington area. He enjoyed his work immensely, and was adept in using AutoCAD. After retirement, he worked as a consultant in this field.
John was an avid skier, sailor, and Colts and Raven’s fan. He enjoyed following the UM lacrosse team, doing sudoku and crossword puzzles, and building model airplanes, cars and boats. A Germanophile, he was fluent in the German language, and visited the country as often as he could. He was interested in anything mechanical, such as steam engines and aircraft. A voracious reader, he read across a wide variety of subjects.
John was a member of the Grand Lodge ČSPS. There will be a memorial gathering at 1:30 on Sunday November 17, 2013, at the Bohemian National Cultural Center of Grand Lodge ČSPS located on the property of the Bohemian National Cemetery located at 1300 Horners Lane, Baltimore, MD 21205.
Mourning John’s death are his cousin Paul Langford and his wife, Susan Gallo of Annapolis, his cousin Joan Peters of Austin, Texas, his cousin Ann Langford and her husband Jerry Grout of Southern Pines, North Carolina, his aunt, Louise Taborsky of Towson, and 16 other cousins and family members.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, Philanthropy Dept., 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122.

Carl Michael Hudak April 22, 1935 – May 13, 2013, 78, a resident of Annapolis, died May 13 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was born in Baltimore, to John Hudak and Marie Zeman. Carl was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and started his career as an electronics technician, packaging telemetry and electronic flight systems. While working as a technician during the day, he went to evening college over a ten year period and earned his degree in engineering from The University of Maryland. Carl was a co-founder of several start-up companies, and over time was promoted to an executive Vice President position while with Logicon and then with Northrop Gruman. He had over 40 years of experience in applying technology solutions to military and aerospace products, systems, and services. He was also involved in The University of Maryland’s Space Research Group as well as being a member of the launch and telemetry teams at various NASA space centers. Carl spent much of his career involved with aircraft instrumentation, mechanical systems, crew survival and habitability. He also served in the National Guard. Carl was an avid electronic hobbyist and history buff. His last project was to write an historical fiction on the Pendergast court martial that occurred during the last year of the civil war. He enjoyed a life of close family and friends, boats, books, dry martinis, cigars, and the breakfast club at Chick and Ruth’s. Carl is survived by his cousins, Paul Langford of Annapolis, Joan Peters of Austin, TX, and Ann Langford of Southern Pines, NC; and older brother, John Hudak. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park. A private interment will be held Monday afternoon in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Baltimore.

Bohumil Francis Zajicek, age 96 of Baltimore, MD passed away on May 14, 2013 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, MD. Born in Chicago Heights, IL, he was the son of the late Bohumil and Victoria Psotka Zajicek. He had been employed for the State of Maryland where he worked as a draftsman at the World Trade Center in Baltimore. He was a member of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association in Baltimore. He enjoyed being an artist with pen and ink, played the violin and loved his animals. Mr. Zajicek is survived by his nephew, Paul Gentes of Bel Air, MD. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Dolores Vera Zajicek Gentes. Funeral Service for Bohumil Zajicek Tuesday, May 21, 11 a.m. Visitation, Noon Service at McComas Funeral Home, 50 W. Broadway, Bel Air, MD 21014. Those who desire may make a donation to Animal Rescue, Inc., 2 Heritage Farm Drive, New Freedom, PA 17349.

BATA , Bohus T. and Verna Ruth On November 10, 2011 and November 15, 2011 Bohus T. and Verna Ruth (nee Pierce ) also survived by several brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc. 9705 Belair Road Nottingham, MD 21236. Burial at Bohemian National Cemetery, Baltimore,MD21205 Published in Baltimore Sun on November 17, 2011

LOWNEY Ann, Ann Lowney passed away early in the morning  on August 24, 2011.  She lived a long and fruitfull life and before she retired, she was a medical doctor. She was an active part of the Czech communittee and a memeber of the Heriitage Singers.The view was at the Ruck Funeral Home on August 26, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The Funeral Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Churchand the  burial was August 27 at Mt. Maria Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association (CSHA-Heritage Singers).

Please send any cards to215 Felton Road,Lutherville,MD21093.

GENTES, Dolores, a valued member of the Czech community passed away after a battle with breast cancer on Gentes in the morning of Friday April 22, 2011.  She was a long time teacher at the CSHA Czech school.  She is survived by her son Paul and brother, Bohumil.  Viewing will be at Schimunek’s funeral home in Perry Hall on Friday, April 29th from 2-4 and 7-9.  Funeral will be Schimunek’s on Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 AM.

HORACEK , Marie A. ON APRIL 23, 2011, MARIE A. HORACEK, (nee Kiesling); beloved wife of the late Frank Horacek and devoted mother of Marie Maevers and husband Karl and Ruth Zeller and husband George. Loving grandmother of Stasie and Dale List, Karl Reader and Melissa Maevers, Theodore Zeller and Elizabeth and Jay Fisher. Family and friends may call at THE JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME, P.A., 8521 Loch Raven Blvd., (Beltway exit 29-B), on Tuesday morning from 9 to 10 AM at which time all are invited to attend Funeral Services. Interment in Bohemian National Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.jfhmd.com

M. Vanik , beloved wife of the late Frank J. Vanik; devoted mother of John-Wayne Hufnagel, Darlene Ende and Marlene Young. Also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one sister.  Schimunek Funeral Home, Inc., Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Historic Catholic Church, on Monday at 10:30 AM. Interment to follow at Bohemian National Cemetery.

NOVOTNY SR. , John A. On March 16, 2011, John Anthony Novotny Sr ., beloved husband of Mildred Anna Novotny, (nee Kudrna); devoted father of Cecilia Anne Bullough and her husband, the late Capt. Bruce L. Bullough USN Ret., and John A. Novotny Jr. and his wife, Terry Ann; dear brother of Frank J. Novotny Jr. and the late Agnes Richardson and Mary Ecker; dear grandfather of Ben, Liz, John and Bryan; and great-grandfather of Kaitlyn, Hailey, Jonathan, Emily, Kayden and the late Madison and Natalie. CVACH/ROSEDALE FUNERAL HOME, Christian burial Saturday, 10 AM, at St. Wenceslaus Church. Entombment Gardens of Faith Cemetery.

SVEC , Madeline V. On February 22, 2011, MADELINE VICTORIA SVEC, devoted aunt of Charles Supik, Paul Supik, Edward Supik, Mark Supik, Jane Craven and Elizabeth Hale. She was a lifelong resident of the original Czech community near St. Wenceslaus Church and an active member of St. Wenceslaus until health forced her move to an apartment. She attended most Sokol Vinobrani and Sibrinky events. She was also a member of CSHA. Condolences to the Supiks. CVACH/ROSEDALE FUNERAL HOME, Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, 10am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Interment Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Maryland Department of Planning Maryland Historical Trust

As of November 11, 2010, Bohemian National Cemetery was entered into the National Register of Historic Places, a division of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior.

Acceptance into National Register of Historic Places

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Care of Vault (crypt)

The Grand Lodge is looking for volunteers to maintain the crypt.  Twice a year, we need to remove plants and debris from the top of the crypt.  The lodge has a ladder and at least two poele should be there at a time to complete the work.  Please contact Tom Miskimon, Vice PResident of Cmetery Affairs at 443-846-5445.

The Visitors’ Center at 1300 Horners Lane is open for activities, and receptions upon prior arrangement.  The center is available for family gatherings, ancestral investigations, and funeral receptions.  The second floor is stocked with ancestral information, documents and photographs.  The first floor houses the kitchen, meeting area, and displays.  The building has handycap access.  Come and see photos and exhibits and share your memories.  Call Jeanne Taborsky at 410-309-3145, Eva Slezak at 410-488-0958 or Shirley Regler at 410- 296-7585 to confirm times and dates or arrange to meet.

The Carriage House will be open in the spring for the Memorial Day Ceremonies amd receptions.

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