Helen Ourada

Helen Ourada

Helen Ourada, 90. of Prague, died Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at St. Joseph's Villa in David City.


Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Kracl Funeral Chapel Facebook Page


Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 10, 2024, 10:00 A.M.

St. John's Catholic Church, Prague  

Con-celebrants Rev. Carson Kain and Rev. Tony Shukei

Visitation Friday 5-7 with 7 P.M. Rosary at the church

Visitation Saturday one hour prior to Mass

Committal in the church cemetery

Lunch following at the church hall

Memorials to Masses or Family Choice


Helen Marcie (Havlovic) Ourada was born June 21, 1933, to Vaclav (James) and Otilla (Koranda) Havlovic.  She was third in line of their eleven children.  She grew up on the family’s farm near Plasi and attended District 19 School through the eighth grade.  She then went to provide in-home babysitting services with several families in the area and talked about being gone from home weeks at a time.

She met Leonard Ourada at a dance, and they were married at Saints Cyril and Methodious Catholic Church - Plasi on June 28, 1954.  To this union seven children were born, and together they raised their children on a farm near Prague.  Helen, being a homemaker, grew a large vegetable garden and loved flowers.  She had a green thumb and could grow almost anything.  She also raised chickens, ducks and geese selling them to local people, as well as selling fresh cream from the milking cows on the farm.  Helen was a great cook and an excellent baker.  She baked hundreds of kolaches, horn rolls, buns, sticky buns, pastries and pies for several occasions such as weddings, graduations and for customers near and far.  Throughout the years she worked at Hakel’s Restaurant, Codr’s Tavern, White Way Café, Prague Bar and Grill, Eddie’s Bar and Kolac’ Korner.  She enjoyed time with her friends at coffee club and cherished her time with her Czech Sisters.

Helen was a long-time parishioner at St. John the Baptist Church, a member of the Rosary Society and  PCCW.  Her faith was important to her, you could find her carrying her rosary with her and she attended daily mass until going into the nursing home in April 2019.  She was blessed to receive the sacraments of reconciliation and communion recently.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard (10/10/1998), son Greg Ourada (3/25/2022); sisters, Josephine Polacek, Frances Woita, Marcie Havlovic, Lillian Palik and brother William Havlovic; brother-in laws Jerry Polacek, Leonard Woita, Edward Pacula, Louis Palik, Eldon Strizek, Dean Cudaback; sister-in-law Mary Havlovic.

Survivors cherishing her memory include her children Jim (Diana) Ourada, Osceola; Steve (Arlene) Ourada, Dan (Dayle) Ourada, Roger Ourada all of Prague; Terese Croghan, David City; and Robin (Buzzy) Nyffeler, Columbus;  six grandchildren, Jill (David) Edelman, Lincoln, Justin Ourada, Prague, Andy (Tara) Croghan, Linwood, Matt (Chelsie) Croghan, David City; Tyler Croghan, Schuyler, and McKenna Kovar, David City; Great-grandchildren Karsyn, Cooper,  Kade, Brooks and Baker Croghan; Siblings: Emily Pacula, Wahoo, Caroline Cudaback, Schuyler, Lucille Strizek, Valapraiso, Tom Havlovic, Omaha  and Bernadette (Jim) Jelinek, Atkinson, Sister-in-law Janet Havlovic, Columbus; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

The Ourada family would like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Villa Nursing Home, Butler County Health Care Center, doctors, nurses, St. Croix Hospice and Father Tony Schukei for their care, kindness, love and support.