Bessie Katherine Kopriva
(1872-1956)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Michael "Mike" Cizek

Bessie Katherine Kopriva 2 3

  • Born: 23 Sep 1872, Lidice, , , CSK 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Michael "Mike" Cizek on 13 Jan 1890 in Chelsea, Tama, IA, USA 1
  • Died: 8 Dec 1956, Traer, Tama, IA at age 84 3
  • Buried: Clutier, Tama, IA, USA 3

   Another name for Bessie was Bessie Koptrivo.5

   FamilySearch ID: GVSY-KPV.

  Noted events in her life were:

1. She immigrated in Oct 1883 to New York, New York, NY. Bessie and her brother Joseph Kopriva Jr. immigrated with their mother and their stepfather, Frank Kuchynka.

2. Census in 1900 in Carroll Twp., Tama, IA. 6 The 1900 census recorded owning a farm: Mike Chizek, farmer, 34, born Feb 1866, living with wife Blanch, 28, Aug 1871. The census recorded they were married for 10 years and had birthed 5 children, all alive in 1900. Living with them: Anna, 8, Dec 1891; Clara, 6, Dec 1893; Fred, 4, Jan 1896; Albina, 2, Mar 1898; and daughter Aggie, 0, May 1900. All the children were born in Iowa. Mike and Blanch and their parents were born in Bohemia. Mike immigrated in 1880 and had become a U.S. citizen. Blanch immigrated in 1884.

3. Census in 1950 in Traer, Tama, IA. 7 The 1950 census recorded at 1 Woodlawn Street in Traer: Merrill Beecher, depot agent for railroad, 59, living with wife Albina, school cook, 52; son Richard, car salesman, 22; and mother-in-law Bessie Chizek, 77 whose name is crossed out. Merrill was born in Pennsylvania, Bessie in Czechoslovakia, and Albina and Richard in Iowa.

4. Obituary: The Gazette: Iowa Deaths: Traer - Services for Bessie Cizek, 84, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. In St. Paul's Catholic church. Burial in St. Vaclav cemetery, Clutier. On 10 Dec 1956 in Cedar Rapids, Linn, IA. 8

5. Obituary: Traer Star-Clipper: Mrs. Mike Cizek Found Dead in Her Traer Home on 14 Dec 1956 in Traer, Tama, IA. 9 (photo)
Mrs. Mike Cizek Found Dead in Her Traer Home
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Services for 81-year-old Resident Held Tuesday in St. Paul's Church, Traer
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Bessie married Michael "Mike" Cizek on 13 Jan 1890 in Chelsea, Tama, IA, USA.1 (Michael "Mike" Cizek was born on 2 Feb 1865 in Tábor, , Bohemia, Czechoslovakia,1 4 10 died on 28 Jan 1942 in Traer, Tama, IA 1 10 and was buried on 31 Jan 1942 in Clutier, Tama, IA, USA 1 3.)


Sources


1 The Courier (Waterloo, IA), 29 Jan 1942, page 8. Obituary of Mike Cizek.

2 FamilySearch.org, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KLWV-XYG Merrill E Beecher and Albina S Chizek, 1918.

3 Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/50363993.

4 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9LK-GS3 Blanch Chizek in household of Mike Chizek, Carroll Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing sheet , family 12, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240460.

5 Ancestry.com, "Iowa, U.S., Births (series) 1880-1904, 1921-1944 and Delayed Births (series), 1856-1940," Albina Stella Chizek b. 5 Mar 1898 in Chelsea IA father Mike Chizek b. Bohemia mother Bessie Koptrivo b. Bohemia.

6 1900 United States Census, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9LK-GSS Mike Chizek, Carroll Township, Tama, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 1B, family 12, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240460.

7 "1950 United States Census," https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6FQK-4LJT Merrill Beecher Traer IA.

8 "The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)," 10 Dec 1956, page 8.

9 Traer Star-Clipper (Traer, IA), 14 Dec 1956, page 1. Mrs. Mike Cizek Found Dead in Her Traer Home.

10 Ancestry.com, "Iowa, U.S., Death Records, 1880-1904, 1921-1952," Certificate 864/215 Mike Cizek, b. 2 Feb 1865 Czecho-Slovak d. 28 Jan 1942 Traer IA father Joe Cizek mother Mary Cizek spouse Bessie Cizek.



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