Transition ~ Guneter Cenek, April 12, 1920 -- May 30, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

  Guneter Cenek a resident of Eureka Springs, was born April 12, 1920 in Berlin, Germany, a son of Emil and Frida (Sanders) Cenek. He died on Friday, May 30 in Bentonville at the age of 88.

  Guneter's first trip to the United States was during WWII when he arrived as a German prisoner of war in New Jersey. He always stated if he hadn't been sent there he would never have survived. He was left for dead at The Battle of Mount Casino, Italy.

  The next time he came to the U.S. was for a visit with his sister who was visiting her daughter in Berryville. While in Berryville, he met Kathryn Drabke whom he married and spent 25 years of marriage with until her death three years ago. They made their home in Eureka Springs, a place he loved dearly where they had many friends.

  Cenek was a tool and die maker. He loved to walk, travel and play soccer. He also enjoyed teaching and helping young kids in the area how to play soccer.

  He is survived by his stepdaughter, Olga M. Jensen of Holiday Island; one grandson, Chris D. Jensen and wife Jennifer of Virginia Beach, Va.; one niece, Babs and husband Vaughn Farmer of Berryville; and two great-grandsons, Christopher and John Jensen of Virginia Beach, Va.

  On July 13, 1978, he married Kathryn Drabke who preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his parents, two sisters, Dorothea and Ruth, and one brother, Franz.

  Memorial services were held on Tuesday June 10 at the Eureka Springs Cemetery with Rev. Eugene Rose officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Katie Hanshaw Memorial Chair PO Box 1900, Green Forest, AR 72638. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at