Marcella Jeanette Kocourek 

*12 Sep 1916 - †7 Jun 1954


a) Woman Killed in Head-On Crash East of Brillion
Husband and Other Driver Also Injured
Mrs. Vondrachek is County’s 2nd Auto Fatality in Week
Marcella C. Vondrachek, 38, of Rt. 1, Reedsville, was instantly killed in
a head-on collision on Highway 10 a mile east of Brillion at 10:55 p.m. Monday.
County Coroner Dr. Theodore Teitgen said an inquest would be held.
Mrs. Vondrachek’s husband, Charles F., 42, swung their car off the pavement to
avoid a car driven by (name omitted for privacy). The (omitted) car was coming
in the wrong lane of traffic, it was reported.
The maneuver failed. (Omitted) car struck the Vondrachek auto which was a full
foot off the pavement on the shoulder of the road, according to Dr. Teitgen.
The cars were telescoped together so tightly two tractors from neighboring farms
had to be used to pry them apart.
Green Bay Hospital
Vondrachek and (omitted) were taken to St. Vincent Hospital at Green Bay, where
both were reported in “fair” condition Tuesday. The husband suffered chest and
facial injuries.
Dr. Teitgen said Vondrachek’s brother, Joseph, was following the couple home from
Brillion. He said the brother told of seeing the car approach. Charles Vondrachek
kept edging his car towards the shoulder to avoid the (omitted) auto which was
veering into the wrong lane of traffic. The collision occurred on the shoulder of
the highway.
The auto death was the second tragedy in the family since the first of the year.
On March 15, their 11-year-old son (omitted) fell from the barn on their farm and
suffered a brain injury from which he is now convalescing…
Funeral Rites Thursday
Services will be held 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Reedsville Funeral Home and 9 a.m.
and St. Mary Catholic Church. The Rev. William Koutnik will officiate and burial
will be in the church cemetery at Reedsville.
Mrs. Vondrachek was born Marcella Cecilia Kocourek Sept. 8, 1915, in the town of
Maple Grove, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kocourek Sr. On May 17, 1938, she
was married to Charles F. Vondrachek. The couple lived on a farm in the town of
Survivors include the husband; two daughters, at home; two sons, also at home
(names omitted for privacy); the parents, eight brothers, Leonard and Clarence of
Manitowoc, M-Sgt. Roman of Phoenix, Ariz., Harold, John and Lester of Rt. 1,
Reedsville, Ralph of Rt. 2, Two Rivers, and Elroy of Rt. 1, Two Rivers; three
sisters, Mrs. Joseph Anhalt of Rt. 2, Two Rivers, Mrs. Norbert Meidl of Rt. 4,
Manitowoc, and Mrs. Jerome Ebert of Manitowoc.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7:30 p.m. Tuesday until the hour of
services. The St. Ann Altar Society of St. Mary Catholic Church, Reedsville, will
say the Rosary at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The deceased was a member of the
Manitowoc Herald Times, June 8, 1954 P. 1

  • 12 Sep 1916
  • 7 Jun 1954