After a courageous battle with breast cancer for several years, Shella Kobza, 84, of Dubuque passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Stonehill Care Center, with her dedicated son, Daryl at her side.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 28 at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, with Sr. Margaret Anne Kramer officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.
Shella was born on January 24, 1934 in Beech Bottom, West Virginia the daughter of, Detmer and Jessica Eicholtz. She attended Wellsburg high school in West Virginia, class of 1951, where she played women’s basketball, played piano and sang, participated in many missionary camps and was lead majorette in the marching band.
In 1954 she graduated from Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing, The Sisters of Saint Joseph, the Mother Hospital of West Virginia. She started her career in nursing at Wheeling Hospital and eventually became house supervisor.
She met the love of her life, Frank Kobza in Wheeling, West Virginia. The two were married on November 3, 1956 and moved to Gary, Indiana.
In 1963 they moved to Dubuque where her husband owned Stampfers Shoe Department and she worked at Finley Hospital in the nursery until retirement.
Shella was very active in the Dubuque Women’s Club, serving and chairing several projects and fund raisers. She produced and edited the first TV Christmas Program for the Dubuque Women’s Club.
Shella was also involved in St. Anthony’s Church. She worked and chaired several programs and Fall Festivals.
She was a talented artist, working with watercolors, oils and acrylic. She attended many art classes at Mt. Carmel. She had a love of gardening and enjoyed working in her rose garden with her husband, Frank. She won numerous awards for her roses, including her and Franks pride and joy, the ribbon for Best of Class- Tri state Garden Club at the show at the Dubuque Arboretum. Her roses were showcased in many shows at the Arboretum. Shella also enjoyed cooking and baking cookies, especially during the Holidays.
Surviving are her two sons, Daryl Kobza, of Dubuque and Detmer Kobza, of West Burlington, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and her parents, Detmer and Jessica Eicholtz.
A Shella Kobza Memorial Fund has been established.