Hana Rocek, 83, passed away on March 16, 2023. She was a resident of Colorado Springs for 2 years and was formerly a resident of Denver, Colorado. She was a Civil Engineer and Airport Project Manager.
Hana was born on October 10, 1939 to Jindrich Kindl and Bedriska (Jenickova) Kindl in Prague, Czech Republic. She attended Sokolov High School and Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic.
Hana was fond of skiing and tennis. She also enjoyed the Rocky Mountains and the Denver Botanical Gardens, and had an appreciation for the Symphony.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Bayley and husband Chris Bayley; her grandchildren Christian Bayley and Jonathan Bayley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Shrine of Remembrance,1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.
This Obituary Has 14 Condolences
DEBORAH SINGER27 Mar 2023
Such a wonderful and kind neighbor was Hana when she lived here in Denver Colorado.
May she rest in peace and my sincerest condolences to her wonderful family!
Andrea S. Baugher27 Mar 2023
I am saddened to hear of Hana’s passing. She and I were students in German language classes at the Senior Center at Platt Park in Denver for several years. I loved hearing about Hana’s career in civil engineering, especially about her time at DIA. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the tour of DIA she arranged for our class.
Hana entertained my husband and me at her lovely home where we enjoyed tea and homemade Czech goodies and lively conversation. Jay and I had taught English in Prague in 2008 and it was wonderful to remember Prague with Hana.
Hana loved her family so much. It is so nice to have seen pictures of her with her grandchildren.
Hana had a great sense of humor and was so intelligent. I’m grateful to have known her.
Anonymous27 Mar 2023
Sending love to Hana’s family. I know she will be so very missed. She was a kind, warm, generous, loving, and upbeat soul. And she loved her family so much. She was an accomplished individual, but more importantly a good person with lots of love in her heart. Hana was a neighbor of mine, and a client, for years at the Hunt Club and I always enjoyed our conversations. She was also very funny! And I’ll never forget running into her and sitting with her on a flight from Denver to Detroit, where we were both heading to see family.
Kim Douthitt28 Mar 2023
Hana was my boss at work and had a sense of humor that made me laugh. She loved her daughter, grand children and family very much. I’ll always be grateful that she hired me to work in the Engineering department at DIA.
Loy31 Mar 2023
Hana was a friend, a professional colleague and sincerely honorable person.
Oliva and Adéla and all family11 Apr 2023
Hana meant a lot to us she was such kind and lovely person and we will miss her every day. We were really close. And especially me and my granddaughter are heartbroken about it. It is such a pitty than we couldn’t visit her, first time because of the covid and second time because of her sickness. I was speaking with her almost every day for the past years and I miss her so much.
Cindy Ward11 Apr 2023
I just came back from DIA. What a remarkable gift Hana left for us all
I so admired Hana’s intelligence and how she made it in a male dominated profession.
I will miss her keen intellect and our walks always followed by her amazing Appel strudel
I will miss your bright light.
Ingrid Holmdahl11 Apr 2023
Hana was a great friend from many airport conferences through the years. I have so many good memories from our many escapades.
She will be missed, but remembered.
Helen Kabriel11 Apr 2023
It is indeed very sad news, and my heart goes out to all of the family.
As one of her relatives, It must be over 50 years ago that Hana and her husband arrived in Windsor Ontario, Canada. I remember them living in my parents’ basement while they got their bearings, and then eventually move to the States to build an amazing wonderful life there. Being a female engineer, Hana was ahead of her time, and I always thought of her as a force to be reckoned with. She inspired me to reach the same goals. She left her talented mark in her outstanding career, and with her loving family as well. My life was enriched having her in it.
Karen11 Apr 2023
I knew Hana professionally as well as a friend. She introduced me to the Colorado mountains when I first moved here. Now, when I’m in the mountains, I can’t help but think of those great experiences with her. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.
Jane Green11 Apr 2023
Such a great friend, and so many laughs together, and so much we shared in the Denver years and then when she would come to visit us —my husband Bruce and me here in Las Vegas when she was involved in the Ivanpo Airport project… until the great recession hit. She still came back to visit often and we had so much fun. We shared our love of wildlife, gardening and skiing. Oh ..the ski trips in Colorado over the four years that we lived there together. Hana and Bruce were accomplishes black diamonds…I was a shaky novice.
We always exchanged birthday and holiday greetings, and then I was going to visit her in Colorado Springs at her new home. Never happened. I’m still surprised that she’s gone and I offer my love and condolences to all who also treasured her.
Teresa Motley Thomson13 Apr 2023
My sincere condolences to Hana’s family. She certainly loved you and spoke of you constantly when we worked together at the Clark County Department of Aviation. Hana came to us in a professional capacity, and of course completely excelled in that, but she quickly became a good friend. She shared her many interesting life and work experiences and was an incredible mentor. Another coworker who is now in a leadership role at a major US airport just recently told me how he still uses many of the things Hana taught him.
I experienced a rather traumatic divorce and had three daughters then ages 1, 3, and 5 while Hana was working with us in Las Vegas, and Hana was so kind and became a surrogate grandmother to my little girls, even accompanying us on a road trip to a family event.
We corresponded a few months ago and she had a great attitude and said she was not in any pain, which I was so happy to hear.
Hana was a wonderful, kind, intelligent, funny, common-sense person, and I shall not see her like again. I was truly blessed to call her friend and look forward to a happy reunion one day “when change and tears are past.”
Susan and Frank Walker14 Apr 2023
Dear Linda, Chris, Christian and Jonathan,
We are so saddened by the death of your wonderful mother and grandmother. Nothing meant more to Hana than all of you!. She was a remarkable woman, kind and generous, funny, talented, and a great friend!
As you know , Linda, we first met you and your Mom and Dad in Hunters Hill in the 1970’s The end of the Southeast Suburbs back then! Your Mom was a professional woman in a sea of stay-at-home Moms. I believe you were 3 as Kathy was 4. We were backyard neighbors and Hana would often have Kathy over to play with you. You would come over to our house but it was way more noisy! Hana was a great neighbor and friend and I was amazed at her story of
escaping her home Country and leaving everything to make a new life in America. Such courage!
We enjoyed many meals and good times with you; visited Crested Butte, Lakewood and your townhome in Denver and remained in touch for 50 yrs. She was very supportive of my real estate career by referring me her friends and colleagues. When I didn’t receive a Christmas card from Hana last year, I should have contacted her to see how she was. Never procrastinate at our age! I am so sorry!
She lived a beautiful life, always loving you and her friends. We will remember her always in our hearts. She can rest now!
Love and Hugs,
Sue, Frank, Beth, Kathy and Tim
Jill20 Apr 2023
Hana was a wonderful friend and mentor. She gave generously of her time, advice and hospitality. My time working at DIA and skiing with her were very happy times. Sending warm wishes to Linda and her family.