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Rowena Ceplecha Dec. 24, 1919 - March 13, 2009

REDWOOD FALLS -- Ursula Rowena Ceplecha, 89, of Redwood Falls died Friday at Seasons in Redwood Falls.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Burial with military honors will follow at the Redwood Falls Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service in Redwood Falls and for one hour prior to service at the church.

She was born Dec. 24, 1919, in Prairie Ronde, La., to Joseph Fontenot and Mary McCollough. She left home to work in Ville Platte, La., during her final two years of high school and then entered the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans. She graduated in 1942 and volunteered for the Army Nurse Corps overseas training. She served 2½ years in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, stationed in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, she entered American Airline's Stewardess Training School in New York City and was based in Chicago.

She married Stanley Ceplecha in 1946 in Chicago. They moved to Redwood Falls. She worked as the director of nursing services at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center for 10 years. After she retired, she did hospice nursing in the Twin Cities on alternate weekends. She was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church where she served as altar society president and taught catechism for many years. She was a member of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was a spokeswoman for the Orphan Train, was a member of Minnesota Right for Life, the Republican Party and the Redwood Falls Chapter of Pheasants Forever. She was also a member of the Redwood Falls Board of Education.

She is survived by her children: Maria Ceplecha of Avila, Spain, Melanie Otto of Maple Grove, Isabella Ceplecha of Elgin, Texas, Christopher Ceplecha of Fort Worth, Texas, Jonathan Ceplecha of Redwood Falls and Clare Chesley of Monrovia, Calif.; eight grandchildren; siblings: Charles (and Sue) Ledoux of Tenino, Wash., Louise (and John) Soileau of Palmetto, La., Clarie Adams of Jacksonville, Fla., and Connie (and Charles) Olivier of Houma, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter: Camille Ceplecha; and two grandchildren.