OBITUARY

Jirina Etteldorf

August 17, 1941April 9, 2018

Jirina Manasova Etteldorf, former 40 year resident of Little Rock, Arkansas died April 9, 2018, in Bonney Lake, Wa. Eldest of two, Jirina was born August 17, 1941 in Brno Czechoslovakia to Vladislav and Jirina. She fled her home country to Austria after the Soviet Invasion and then came to the United States. She was a well accomplished Classical Pianist. Very creative, she was best known for her cooking, love of food and owner of Jirinas’ Lunchbox. She was grateful for the love and kindness of her friend Delaine. Jirina was the mother of five children including Jitka Pohlodek, Michelle Tetnowski and Yvette Etteldorf as well as three stepchildren including Kent Etteldorf and Marcella Etteldorf. She was a grandmother of three and great grandmother of two. Her wishes were to be cremated. To share a memory please go to Dignitymemorial.com. Jirina Manasova Etteldorf will be immensely missed.

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Jitka Pohlodek

April 22, 2018

Christmas! Think it's 1978. Mama eating her Chlebicky. Me at the bottom.

Jitka Pohlodek

April 22, 2018

Mama Kent, Yvette and I at Denny's around 2002.

Jitka Pohlodek

April 22, 2018

Yvette Michelle, Mama and I Christmas time in the late 90s in Los Angeles.

Vince Buffa

April 22, 2018

Mama and me, I believe it was my tenth birthday, 1979.

Jitka Pohlodek

April 22, 2018

Jitka Pohlodek

April 18, 2018

Mama, I can still see her back in the mid-70s with her long red wig and her pink lipstick. I can also see me screaming and pulling off that wig as she tried to hand me to the teacher on the first day of kindergarten. She said my daughter doesn't want to go, we'll see you next year for the first grade. On summer evenings, as a child, I used to play outside in the woods. The trailer walls could not contain the sounds of Mama's beautiful piano playing of Tchaikovsky and Mozart as it echoed off the trees. I felt a sense of peace and safety when I heard her play. You can't mention Mama without thinking of Christmas. We celebrate on Christmas Eve. She would start layaway in August for all the kids gifts and start baking and boxing away cookies in October. By Christmas there must have been thousands as we gave away plates to all our friends families. We waited, excited for the once-a-year taste of her ridiculously delicious Czech chlebicky (correct spelling!). Platters were dropped off to loved ones but making sure we kept a couple hundred for our family! She made Christmas so special, an event. I don't know how she managed it but I'm thankful she gave this memory to so many. A couple of weeks before she passed she said to me she was looking forward to seeing her parents. I can only imagine that she has. Miss is not a big enough word for how I will feel, so MILUJI TE and VESELE VANOCE MAMA!

Marcella Kendrick

April 16, 2018

Wanted to add something from my childhood it was the best memories

Vince Buffa

April 16, 2018

Jitka and Mama would talk almost every night about food cooking,recipies etc. I would always think of little sarcastic remarks that Jitka would relay to her and Mama would crack up. Then she would have to think of something to get me back. It's going to be sad and empty to not have that anymore...We took Mama to Tunica on Jitkas birthday one year and it was the best trip ever. We had adjoining rooms , Jitka won money and we all had a blast.....Klevitskis?? ..you beat me to it Shelly ! I spent several Christmases with her and the main attraction was the Klevitskis..We would set up a factory round the table and we each were in charge of something. Damn things were dangerous,they were so good. And no one knows this but she had a crush on Anthony Bourdain . Sorry Mama, gotcha again! Love you.

Marcella Kendrick

April 15, 2018

She was my mom the only mom I knew I don't remember my real mom she was a great cook I loved her we didn't talk a few years now I regret that wish I could take it back and enjoyed the last few years she was my mom I still remember the great times I spent with her

Shelley Brixey

April 15, 2018

I am so sorry for your families loss, and it is a huge loss. Jirina aka Momma was the most caring, giving, loving woman I ever met. I loved her as i did my own Mom. So many wonderful memories growing up around her. So many laughs and talks. You made me feel apart of your beautiful family. Thank you for always making Klavitshis! I loved them so much even though I have no clue how to spell it! They were the best! I love you. Please give my Mom a hug from me! Rest in love sweet Momma. Shelley