Helen Douglas
Date of Birth
September 17, 1928
Prague, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
June 8, 2024
Wahoo, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Thursday, June 20, 2024 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at Sunrise North Cemetery ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


In care of the family

Helen Douglas, 95, of Wahoo, NE, entered into rest on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo, NE.  She was born September 17, 1928 in Prague, NE to Frank and Christina (Mach) Chmelka.  Helen graduated from Malmo High School.  On January 12, 1951, Helen was married to Ernest Kratky in Malmo, NE and to this union was born three daughters:  Patricia, Carol and Roxane.  Helen helped Ernest on the farm for many years until he passed.  After Ernest passed, Helen worked at Hakel’s prior to moving to Wahoo.  Helen was married to Bob Douglas on March 9, 1979 in Denver, CO.

Helen was a past member of the Malmo Covenant Church and she was a member of the American Legion Post #232 Auxiliary.  She enjoyed playing BINGO.  Helen was an avid collector of plates and knick knacks, but her most prized collection was her salt and pepper shakers.  Throughout the years, the collection grew to over 500 pairs.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Ken) Meduna and Roxane (Larry) Graham; grandchildren, Paul (Tina) Graham and Tara (Mitchel) Meyer; great-grandchildren, Stasia, Jamison, Devin, Ava, Kaeden and Austyn; sister, Gladys Cihal; sister-in-law, Shirley Chmelka; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Ernest Kratky and Bob Douglas; daughter, Patricia Kratky; siblings, Frank Chmelka, Joe Chmelka, Clara Warner, Raymond Chmelka, Richard Chmelka, Leonard Chmelka and Darlene Chmelka.

Condolences for Helen Douglas
  1. David Cavlovic
    • June 12, 2024 - 1 month ago

    I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that all of your old Sampson friends are thinking about you and your family.


    • June 19, 2024 - 4 weeks ago

    Helen was such a wonderful person. So hardworking and industrious. My father was such a lucky guy to have spent the last 30 yrs of his life with such a great lady, and I was fortunate to get to know her over all that time. When I went to visit her not too long ago at South Haven, I’m not sure she actually remembered who I was, but, it didn’t matter, we still had a few laughs anyway! I want to express my condolences to Roxanne and Carol and all of their family members at the passing of Helen as I know it will leave a hole in all your lives. My condolences to you all. Dave Douglas

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