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Vera Svoboda

September 13, 2011

VERA SVOBODA 

It was fitting that Vera passed away on Labor Day, September 5th, since she labored her whole life to make her family and community a better place.  She passed peacefully with her family at her bedside reminiscing and celebrating her life.  Vera was born on December 20, 1920 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.  She settled in California and raised her two daughters Eva and Ann with her husband Milo, only after they had to escape her homeland when the communists took over. Vera was a true warrior surviving breast cancer at a young age and  taking over her husband's business when he died prematurely at 56.  Her two children (Eva Macho and Ann Smith), four grandchildren (Michelle Sabourin, John Macho, Mark Smith, Scott Smith)  and four great grandchildren (Justin Sabourin, Carly Sabourin, Kevin Macho, Connor Macho) were her pride and joy and she never got tired of spending time encouraging them or laboring for them.  Vera was a very adventuresome woman who loved to travel, having visited all seven continents enjoying many modes of travel while doing so including: hot air balloons, dog sleds, elephants, camels, and a Russian Aeroflot plane.  She will be missed by many!

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There will be a memorial service to commemorate this amazing lady on Friday, September 23rd at 10:00, St. Bede's the Venerable-La Canada.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Vera's honor may be sent to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles or Ronald Mc Donald House of Pasadena. 

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