ForeverMissed

Jitka Mucha, our beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, lost her courageous battle with cancer on the afternoon of 3 January 2011. We will never forget her beautiful smile and cheerful laughter, her passion for life, and her love for the outdoors, music and family - especially her granddaughters.

We are all so fortunate to have been part of her life. She will remain forever in our hearts.

Husband Frank
Sister Eva and her husband Jirka
Son Tom and his wife Laura
Son Dan and his wife Laurie
Granddaughters Sophia and Sasha

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jitka's memory to the World Wildlife Fund here.

Feel free to share your thoughts and memories of Jitka by writing a story or leaving a tribute below.

January 8
January 8
Čas utíká.
Všichni se měníme ale ty jseš stále stejně krásná v našich s vzpomínkách ty jsi nezestárla!
Moc chybíš!
January 3
January 3
Entering the new year with a mindset inspired by your passion for life, wishing I could tell you about my college acceptance and meet up for walks in the city. Love and miss you grandma.
January 3
January 3
Miss you as always and keep remembering all the good times we had together. Love you
October 13, 2022
October 13, 2022
  Drahý Franto a kluci,
  moc bych tobě a klukům chtěla říct, jak velice nás mrzí, co se stalo. Ani v tom nejhorším snu nikoho z nás nenapadlo,
  že by nám Jituška mohla navždy odejít.
  Ikdyž jsme si zároveň všichni uvědomovali vážnost té zlé nemoci, jež ji postihla, přesto jsme věřili, že ona
  tuto nemoc porazí svou obrovskou a neoblomnou chutí do života, kterou jsme na ní velice obdivovali a milovali.Snad právě
  pro tyto krásné vlastnosti nikdo z nás do poslední chvíle nechtěl uvěřit té strašné zprávě, že se ta zlá nemoc vrátila a onu
  krutou skutečnost, že už Jitušku neuvidíme, si nejsme schopni připustit dodnes. Moc mě mrzí ta velká vzdálenost, jež je
  mezi námi, jelikož bych vás ráda objala a podržela za ruku, neboť v těchto chvílích všechna slova, která teď píšu nemohou
  vyjádřit ten velký zármutek, jež cítíme a současně také upřímnou touhu poskytnout vám co největší podporu v této
  přesmutné době.
  Moc na vás myslíme a máme vás moc rádi!!!  Martina Denešová
13. 1. 2011

April 19, 2022
April 19, 2022
Spring in Praha for Jitka who loved the gardens and parks and flower and trees, always brings her to mind as I wander. Right now she would be concerned about the drought like conditions here but she would also enjoy the most beautiful city in the most beautiful season. I think of her as I enjoy the green city and know how much she hopes for peace and for the future of children around the world.
Norma J. Hervey, Ph.D.
Professor of History
April 18, 2022
April 18, 2022
Happy birthday! As ever we are thinking of you and missing you, but particularly at this time of year when the garden is bursting with new growth, colourful flowers, busy bees and noisy birds. We could really use your help and advice. We're still working on taming the garden and making it our own.
March 18, 2022
March 18, 2022
From Norma J. Hervey, Ph.D.

My dear Jitka, Although I did not have the opportunity to know you well, living in your lovely home and reading the tributes to you over these years create a very vivid sense of you and how loved you have been by so many. This will be my last opportunity to acknowledge you as eye problems will not allow me to navigate the memorial site and, very likely, will not long allow me to write. I want to say that your presence in our troubled times would have been a significant contribution not only to your family or your friends but a compassionate person during a pandemic, a political and economic strugge, many tragedies - we all know your compassion would have been a gift to many. As with my husband, even the son we lost in his 20's, and many colleagues and friends, I have to recognize that this era is not an easy time in which to live but that does not relieve our pain in losses.
Norma J. Hervey, Ph.D.
Professor of History
January 3, 2022
January 3, 2022
Thinking of you today especially as we enter the New Year. I am inspired by your kindness and positivity going forward into 2022, I hope to one day be half the woman you were. 

Your granddaughter,
Sophia
January 3, 2022
January 3, 2022
Moje první a poslední jediná, chybíš mi.
July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021
Ano je to dlouho co jsi odesla, ale v myslenkach jses porat s nama.
July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
Už je to 55 let. A bylo to krásné. A bylo to krátké. Vzpomínám, je mi to líto, že nejsi.
April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021
HAppy birthday in heaven. They are so lucky to have you, as we are missing you so much down here !!!! Hugs Eva&Clem
April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021
It was your birthday yesterday and Laura and I had you in our thoughts while we tended our lovely garden. You would have loved it so much with all its wildflowers, birds and bees.
April 19, 2021
April 19, 2021
Happy Birthday Jitko !
Každý rok mě Nikolka připomene tebe
April 18, 2021
April 18, 2021
Miss you my love, moje první a poslední a jediná
April 18, 2021
April 18, 2021
Dear Jit ka, Praha in spring - flowering cherry trees, toddler with soccer balls, opening trees and singing birds - I know how much it meant to you and I hope that the "next place" offers you even greater joys.
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
10 years since you were taken from us. It seems both like yesterday and a million years ago.
We think of you often when we walk out in the countryside, with the dog or spend time in the garden. Always reflecting on the things we imagine you’d have enjoyed.
January 4, 2021
January 4, 2021
NAzdarek, vzpominame na nase krasne spolecne chvilky, moc nam chybis!!!
Eva&Clem
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
I cannot believe it's been 10 years. I'm angry that I didn't get more years with you, but I promise to cherish the ones we did share forever. You were an incredible human, I'm inspired by your charisma and love everyday.
Your granddaughter,
Sophia
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
My dear Jitka, I never dreamed that I could be glad that those I loved left us, grieving forever, but thankful that each of you did not have to endure 2020. Our son was only 25, Bill left in 2009, and you and others dear to me are gone but, for the first time, I find comfort in each of you escaping the challenges of this year; t he Irish Prayer means more than ever, especially the last lines, "And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand." Norma
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
I often will have a random memory and smile about how our paths crossed. It’s so hard to believe that 10 years have passed. I have so many found memories of dinners together, travel adventures, sharing ideas, and so much more.
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
Just last week Barrie Allen and I were talking about the valuable teachers that graced the School with their presence. You were one of them.
The rest of us miss you! Monica
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
Už je to deset let a já vzpomínám.
January 3, 2021
January 3, 2021
For all these years the students and teachers at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City have missed your calm, sweet, compassionate, and stimulating teaching and friendship. Our great loss. Your friend and colleague, Marvin Terban
April 18, 2020
April 18, 2020
My dear Jirka, There are three very special people in my life who were born today, one a young Czech,now 22 studying to be a psyhiatrist, one a proessor in his 60's and you. How I wish you were with us in this struggle against the panemic as you always brought hope and vitality. Prayer that your family, who miss you so very much, will not be afflicted. For all children, I long to solve problems for their futures. Love, Norma
April 18, 2020
April 18, 2020
We just hired a very young chemistry teacher, and she reminded me of you.
You are missed.
Monica
April 18, 2020
April 18, 2020
Happy birthday my love, I visited with you, looking at many beautiful pictures of you, with the children, dogs, birds, nature in raw, even with me, always smiling as only you knew how. To say only that I miss you cannot describe the feeling of my loss. Love you, wherever you might be.
April 18, 2020
April 18, 2020
Jitka is very much missed by all the students who were lucky enough to have her as a wonderful teacher at Columbia Grammar and Prep School in New York City and by all her colleagues who were lucky enough to have her as a treasured colleague and dear friend.
Happy Birthday, dear Jitka.
Marvin and Karen Terban
April 18, 2020
April 18, 2020
Happy birthday! You are constantly missed and always in our minds.
Whenever I’m in the garden or walking in our beautiful country park, I imagine how much you’d enjoy it too.
January 6, 2020
January 6, 2020
Ahoj Jitko
Tak další rok přešel a stále na tebe nemůžeme zapomenout.
Chybíš!
Eva
January 3, 2020
January 3, 2020
You are missed everyday grandma. We were just in Thailand and all the wildlife reminded me of you. I think you would have loved it. I think I get my love for animals from you, thank you for passing that gift to me.
Sincerely,
Your granddaughter Sophia
January 3, 2020
January 3, 2020
Tribute by Norma Hervey:
My dear Jitka. This holiday season in Praha would warm your heart and I know how much you would love the music, the decorations and Christmas markets in every section of this great city.  I found the light show on the National Science Building to be awesome on January 2 and thought of you and how much you would have loved it too.  I often think of you when at the Philharmonic or in the gardens or just when I realize how much I love this city and its people.  How I wish you could have had many more years to enjoy it all.  Love,
Norma
Norma J. Hervey, Ph.D.
Professor of History
January 3, 2020
January 3, 2020
Always in my dreams and remembrances, miss you as much as ever.
January 3, 2020
January 3, 2020
It is with continued sadness that I remember Jitka as a great teacher, a wonderful friend, and an extraordinary person.
We speak of her often in school, those who remain and were her friends.
I was happy to see that Sophia inherited her love for nature and for animals, and I hope that Frank has found peace.
June 10, 2019
June 10, 2019
It's the end of another year at Columbia Prep and I'm thinking of you.
Here I am as always except for the fact that next year will be my last year teaching.
I miss our discussions about opera, science and life. There's no one else like you and I feel privileged to have met you.
I too have my problems with cancer. Was diagnosed two years ago and the struggle continues...
I hope you're at peace wherever you are.
Miss you,
Monica
April 18, 2019
April 18, 2019
My dear Jitka,
I realized when I saw it was your birthday that there are many very special people in my life who were born this week, the best time of the year in Praha with blooming trees and bushes, singing birds, a rebirth of hope in what often seems a dark time. All of these are legacies of your interests and caring and it is a privilege to remember you often - and I do. I only wish that you coulod have enjoyed it all for many years as you deerve to do given the gifts you hae given and those who love you. It is true,forever missed. It has been important to me to know about your interests and your family. Bill died in 2009 but hs life was fun. Our son died in 1984 in his mid 20's, my primary endless grief. But I have to say that knowing people like yourself gives meaning to life even as we grieve losses. Remember the Irish Prayer, "May the Road rise up to Meet you... Your life, shorter than it should have been is a reflection on someone who was always loved by everyone who knew you and who indeed was "held in God's hand."
Norma
Norma J. Hervey, Ph.D.
Professor of History
January 4, 2019
January 4, 2019
I miss you every day grandma. Forever loved by the Mucha’s xo
December 27, 2018
December 27, 2018
From Norma Hervey
The site no longer recognizes me so I am sending this to you and your family.
Dan, thank you for sharing the wonderful photos; it is true that one picture is worth many worshippers. I know of no one who loved all aspects of life as much as your mother as is evidenced by the photos and by our memories. It is hard not to feel that she was cheated of sharing your lives and you paid an even greatr price in her absence. Memories are special - cherish yours forever.
Norma Hervey
Norma J. Hervey, Ph.D.
Professor of History
herveynj@gmail.com
[alternate: herveynj@luther.edu]
December 27, 2018
December 27, 2018
Drahá, další rok uběhl bez Tebe. Přežívám a vzpomínám a je mi smutno a často si opět myslím, kde bych Tě nejraději potkal...
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January 8
January 8
Čas utíká.
Všichni se měníme ale ty jseš stále stejně krásná v našich s vzpomínkách ty jsi nezestárla!
Moc chybíš!
January 3
January 3
Entering the new year with a mindset inspired by your passion for life, wishing I could tell you about my college acceptance and meet up for walks in the city. Love and miss you grandma.
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Our new place

October 28, 2011

Laura and I sold our first house and we’ve taken our first steps on our path to the countryside. We are renting an apartment in an idyllic spot that I know you would love. We’re overlooking a small fishing lake on the grounds of an ancient country estate on the edge of a quintessential English village. I think of you so often now whenever I look out the window. There are two resident herons fishing in the mornings and evenings. I can just picture your eyes lighting up at their graceful flight around the lake. Each night we go to sleep to the mournful serenade of a tawny owl. There’s even a great crested grebe! I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen one of those. The woods are full of deer and other various critters. Wildlife just surrounds us and I know that would have made you so happy.

 

 

About my mother

October 16, 2011

On August 3rd, 2011, we held a ceremony for my mother in Prerov, Czech Republic – her birth place and now her final resting place. I shared some of these words with the family and friends who joined us.

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Thanks everyone for being here to mourn, remember and celebrate my mother’s life. I’d like to tell you about her. 

She loved life

Everything my mom did demonstrated her love for life.

+ Her smile and cheerful laugh.+ Her relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and even pets (namely Teddy, her yellow Labrador Retriever).

+ Her passion for work. She was a committed teacher who loved her students, and they loved her.

+ She loved traveling. Iceland, Alaska, Hawaii, London, Paris, Prague, the San Juan Islands are a few of her favorite places.

+ Music, opera, the arts. Her favorite Opera, La Traviata, she recently introduced and explained to her granddaughters Sophia and Sasha.

+ Wine and food. Nothing relaxed her more than a glass of wine after a long day at work.

+ Her garden. Some of her happiest times, even while she was sick, were spent gardening.

In her most difficult times during her illness, she remained hopeful, optimistic, forward looking, courageous and cheerful. She simply wanted to live.

She loved the natural world around her

She loved to experience, study and protect the natural world.

+ She experienced the environment through hikes, bird watching and mushroom picking. She loved to do this with family and friends, most recently with Sophia and Sasha.

+ She studied the natural world as a scientist and teacher. She loved reading about nature, animals and evolution. She admired authors like Stephan Jay Gould and Bill Bryson.

+ She wanted to protect the natural world. The work of conservation groups like The Audubon Society, The World Wildlife Fund and the Sierra Club was important to her.

She loved us

+ She loved my Dad, and everyone who knew them could see that. Their relationship has been a model for me.

+ She loved Tom and me. She took such good care of us, through her last days. She inspired us to be interested in ideas, places and people. I owe so much to her: my curiosity and interests, the quality of my personal relationships, my optimism and confidence, and my capacity to love and be a parent.

+ She was a caring, loving sister, daughter and mother-in-law.

+ My mom adored her granddaughters – Sophia and Sasha. She was well on her way to introducing them to the things to which she introduced me. We will do our best to make sure that she is always a part of their lives.

In the past few years, my mom organized family trips to France and Hawaii – the Hawaii trip for my Dad’s 70th birthday. These were special gatherings that gave us life long memories. These are the types of things she did for us, because she loved us so much.

Saying goodbye

My mom left us too early. As she told my Dad, she had plans and she needed more time. 

We had plans with her too:

+ To travel with her even more.

+ To celebrate her 70th, 80th and 90th birthdays.

+ To watch Sophia and Sasha graduate college and get married.

+ To sit around together and just look at each other without saying anything.

+ To love her and to give her more time to love life, the world and all of us.

We miss her and love her very much.

 

 

Memories....

August 23, 2011

In August last year we were visiting Frank and Jitka in their new home in Woodinville. Jitka started to feel better. They had so many plans for the future.

Jitka was so exited with her new garden. Every morning we took a walk around the property. Jitka took daily notes and/or pictures about plants.

We watched the deer and birds eating the raspberries. She was happy to share it all with everybody, her family, friends, birds, deer even the bear.

It was August, almost the end of the summer. We did not know something else would end way to soon.

All we are left with are memories and we thank you for them.

Olda a Maria

 

 

 

 

 

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