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2011 Souhrada Family Reunion - # 31

August 13 and 14, 2011

Edina, Minnesota

Hosted by Mark and Marlene Slettehaugh and Loren and Arlene Leslie


Saturday - August 13 - 5:30p.m. Supper
Hosted and served at the home of Mark and Marlene Slettehaugh and Darryl Daws

Sunday Morning August 14 - 10:30 Kolache Continental Breakfast
Hosted by Leota Campbell Anderson, Bonnie Campbell, Connie Campbell Schiffert, Ron & Jill Campbell and Sarah Schiffert Johnson
Served in the Party Room at 7230 York Ave S., Edina, MN
Sunday August 14 - 12 Noon Czech Lunch
Hosted by Loren and Arlen Leslie
Served in the Party Room at 7230 York Ave S., Edina, MN




 To view the entire picture album from this year's reunion, click here


Our Souhrada family was blessed with a beautiful summer evening as we gathered Saturday at the home of Mark & Marlene Slettehaugh and Darryl Daws for dinner that they prepared. After we were seated two young members of our family, Rachel Rhodes and Colton Daws, served our meal. The Campbell Family hosted our Sunday morning Kolache Breakfast and following this we watched a slide show of pictures of our past 30 reunions assembled by Peter Souhrada. A Souhrada Family History area was set up by Anton Vanicek to help us get better acquainted with our Souhrada Family history. He encouraged us to bring our own family records up to date.

Before lunch Leota Campbell Anderson told the story of how one spoken sentence started our Souhrada Family Reunions. "Tell Leota I want to meet her before she goes home."  Dalyn Souhrada spoke these words 31 years ago to his sister, Donna Urman at Anna Souhrada Rassmanís funeral. The following day 5 of 17 Souhrada cousins, Bill Rassman, Marlys Gronwoldt, Dalyn, Donna, Leota and their spouses met at Dalynís farm home. They enjoyed their time together and sent invitations to all 17 of their Souhrada cousins to attend a Cousin get-together the following month. Within a few years the invitations list grew to over 200.

Then in September 2000 Frank and Linda Souhrada searched our homeland and found Frankís 3rd cousin Jiri Souhrada and his wife Vera. These past many years Jiri and Vera have held many World Wide Souhrada Family Reunions in the Czech Republic.

Lunch was ready to be served and Leota thanked God for the food that we were about to enjoy. Our noon meal that consisted of a great variety of delicious Czech dishes was prepared and beautifully served by a caterer hired by Loren and Arlene Leslie. This same caterer also baked our delicious breakfast koloches.

Dave Souhrada conducted our family auction this year with the wonderful help of younger members of our family - Rachel Rhodes, Savannah Callaway, and Calvin and Mary Kotrba. At our business meeting Peter Souhrada expressed his gratitude for Leota Campbell Andersonís information and photos she sent him from our past reunions to be included on the website. The 2012 Souhrada Reunion was discussed and will tentatively be held at Dalyn and Phyllisí farm home, Lime Springs Iowa. This is the original farmstead of Dalynís grandparents, Vaclav and Katherine Souhrada who immigrated to the USA in the 1870ís.

In Memory of: Three members of our Souhrada Family, Hope Souhrada, Viola Leslie, and Frank Souhrada III passed away this past year and all will be greatly missed. Hope Souhrada went home to be with our Lord Jesus this past year just a few days before Christmas. She and her late husband Johnny were the parents of Janel Souhrada Stephens and Dave. Both Hope & Johnny were very active in our reunions, attending almost all until the past few years. They not only hosted our 4th Reunion but also co-hosted many others. Viola Leslie attended the very 1st Souhrada Cousins Get-together. The only reunions she missed were those few that were too great a distance for her to travel. She was the wife of Carl Leslie, and mother of their 2 sons, Dr. Loren & Richard. Violaís life was one of love - love of God, love of family and love of teaching.  Frank Souhrada III, brother of Peter Souhrada, was the one who was able to locate Jiri and Vera Souhrada during his early travels to Pisek, Czech Republic. He and his wife Linda attended many of our family reunions and will be sorely missed.

By Leota Campbell


35 Souhrada Family Members attended the Saturday Evening Supper
Leota Campbell Anderson

Molly Lamon Brett

Bonnie Campbell

Kelly Leman Christensen

Jerry and Maureen Flynn Currier

Zachary Currier

Aaron, Cheryl and Colton Daws

Barb Flynn Erickson

Kathleen Flynn

Sarah and Kieman Johnson

Gary and Rosemary Knutson

Mary Kotrba

Rick and Cheryl Loman

Loren and Arlene Leslie

Colleen Lamon Mortimer

Jim, Kathy and Rachael Rhodes

Connie Campbell Schiffert

Mark, Marlene Slettehaugh and Darryl Daws

Ardis Souhrada

Dave and Cherie Souhrada

Peter Souhrada

Janel Souhrada Stephens

Anton Vanicek


41 Family Members gathered Sunday at 10:00 a.m. to enjoy a Koloche Continental Breakfast and a delicious Czech Lunch

Leota Campbell Anderson

Savannah Callaway

Bonnie Campbell

Ron and Jill Campbell

Jerry and Maureen Currier

Zachary Currier

Aaron, Cheryl and Colton Daws

Darryl Daws
Barb Flynn Erickson

Michael and Kathleen Flynn

Sarah and Keiman Johnson

Gary and Rosemary (Souhrada) Knutson

Calvin, Sarah and Mary Kotrba

Loren and Arlene Leslie

Viola (Souhrada) Noska

Jim, Kathy (Daws) and Rachel Rhodes

Connie Campbell Schiffert

Mark and Marlene Slettehaugh

Dave and Cherie Souhrada

Dalyn and Phyllis Souhrada

Peter Souhrada

John and Donna (Souhrada) Urman

Kayla Urman

Janel Souhrada Stephens

Anton Vanicek


If you donít want to miss the details about next yearís reunion as soon as they are available, please provide us with an email address so that we can send as many invitations electronically as possible.  Or, if you wish to add or update your mailing address, please email Pete Souhrada by clicking here.


Note on the reunion pictures: To provide any updates or corrections to the captions, or to contribute additional pictures, please send an email to the webmaster.