by Marge Womach


Location: NW ¼ NW ¼ of Sec 18 Twp 21 R 33;  one mile W of Odessa & one mile S.

Mary Zicha, a widow, deeded the 2.43 acres for a Catholic Cemetery to the Catholic Bishop of Spokane, a corporation, filed on Apr 7, 1917 in Deeds: Book 59 page 479. 

The consideration was $1. Subsequent deeds for the surrounding property specifically exclude the full 2.43 acres of cemetery land from the transactions.  



Cemetery Data From Church Ledger of 1918

(Page 12-The Cemetery)  


Over two acres have been deeded to us free of charge by Mrs. J. Zicha. Mrs. J. Zicha wishes to be buried near her husband. Hers should be a place of honor. Mr. F. R. Kucera is the custodian. The following persons own family lots. The lots are 30 X 15 or thereabout:


Vostral, Vaclav Sr.                   L            NW of Cross

Vostral, Frank                          P            North of his father

Horak, Louis                            S            Row II-North of Gate (E of J. Groh)

Kremreiter, L.                          Q            Row II-South of Gate (E of Joe Reitner)

Reitner, Joe Sr.                        R            Row I-South of Gate (W of Kremsreiter)

Geissler, Frank (1 ½ lots)       B            On the main Road-(South)

Geissler, Fred                         H            On the main Road-(North)

Vostrel, Joe                            D            Along wagon road-SW of Cross

Svoboda, John                        T             Row I-North of Gate

Kucera, F. L .                          G            1st lot North, along main road

Stadler, Louis                         N            Where his child lies buried

Nechanicky, Jos                     C            SW of Cross-(Corner)

Havlicek Family                     -             North of and including grave of Th Havlicek

Kriegler, Joe Sr.                      -             (is entitled to a single lot, special section, for work

Janikula, Joseph                    -             Along Frank Geissler’s to the south, 15 X 30


(As the land deed was dated in 1916, this may well be the earliest record of the church pertaining to the use and ownership of the cemetery; previously, it was legally the private property of Mrs. Zicha.) Other mentions pertaining to the cemetery in the 6 financial ledgers: (Dates are not always posted; also a potential gap between event and payment.)


1905, Nov 1                Vostral, Jos/Jas                            payment made

1918, Jan 9                  Havlicek                                      remitted on debt

                                     Family lot to Joe Janikula

1918, May 5                Janikula, funeral of                     paid 7-31-18

1918, Nov 27              Finstad, O. E. (cemetery fund)   paid

1919?, Mar 2               Vostral, Vaclav funeral              paid

1923, May 21              Thompson, D. V.                        grave paid

1923, May 30              Haverlicak, Thos                       cemetery paid

1923, Aug 6                 Rhuby, Mrs.                             cemetery paid

1923, Oct 22                Rhuby, Mr.                              cemetery paid

                                     grave alongside wife

1926, Dec                    Bok, A. A.                               cemetery plot paid



Odessa Catholic Cemetery, Odessa, Lincoln County, Washington     

Submitted by Marge Womach, March 24, 2004 

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