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Goglin Funeral Home, Scotland
Sunday November 7th, 2010
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St. George Catholic Church
Monday November 8th, 2010

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Sylvia Ann Dvorak

Sylvia Ann Dvorak was born Thursday, August 29, 1918 to Mathias “Mike” and Carrie (Trantina) Kokesh on the family farm southeast of Scotland. Sylvia attended Klinkner Country School near the family farm. Her mother Carrie died in 1934, leaving Sylvia to help her father care for the remaining seven children on the family farm. The hardships of the Great Depression and the difficulties of the weather during the “Dirty Thirties” made life on the family farm almost impossible. To help provide for her brothers and sisters, Sylvia left the farm to work as a caretaker for Dr. and Mrs. Traynor in Omaha, Nebraska for several years.  
Sylvia was united in marriage to Edmund Dvorak on April 12, 1937 in Lesterville. They raised four children. They farmed together north of Scotland along with Edmund’s brother, Frank, for 36 years. Sylvia and Edmund retired from farming in 1973 and moved to Scotland. Sylvia loved gardening, quilting and life.  She also valued her many friends.
Sylvia was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Scotland and was very active in the Altar Society and also served as President for many years.  She played integral leadership roles in numerous church functions and operations. As a volunteer, she delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. Sylvia passed away on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland, having attained the age of 92 years, 2 months, and 7 days.
She is survived by a son, James and wife Celestine of Scotland; a daughter, Karen Dvoark and fiancé Lynn Ziegler and family of Sioux Falls; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Dvorak of Parkston; six grandchildren: Michael and Vicki Dvorak and family of Scotland, Charlene and Vince Connelly and family of Sioux Falls, David Dvorak of Scotland, Stacey and Frank Massey and family of Olivet, Robert Dvorak and family of Parkston, and Sharon and Roger Crotten, St. Mountain, Minnesota; and seven great-grandchildren.  
She is also survived by six sisters-in-law: Florence and Agnes Kokesh of  Wagner, Delphie Kokesh of Scotland, Delores Kokesh of Delmont,  Helen Kokesh of Yankton, and Norma Kokesh of Brookings.  
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband in 1987, two sons: Donald in 1968 and Edward in 1979; a granddaughter, her parents, seven brothers: Donald, Joe, Clayton, Raymond, Ernie, Mike, Edward, and three sisters: Elsie Cap, Gracie Hacecky and Frances Thunker.

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Dear Karen, Condolences from the Konstanz family to your family. It will always be a special time being neighbors on the farm. Donna

Donna Konstanz Nov 9 2010 1:02 PM

Karen - I am sorry for the loss of your mother. My sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family. My mother told me about your loss. Sincerely, Connie

Connie Diede Nov 9 2010 11:47 AM

Margaret just told me about your mom, KD. I am so sorry. She must have been a wonderful woman to have raised such a fine daughter. My heart aches for you. jan

Jan Holmgren Nov 9 2010 6:28 AM

Dear Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out about your mother's death. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Love, Margaret

Margaret Sumption Nov 9 2010 5:12 AM

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Dvorak family. I hope you can find comfort in Sylvia's passing, since she is in no more pain. Cherish the memories that have been created to get through the days to come. God Bless.

Bill & Nicole Suurmeier Nov 8 2010 7:15 AM

I have fondest memories of Aunt Sylvia. She was a grand lady. Thinking of all of you and you have many great memories of your mother to hold to. Rita (Thunker) Wilken

Rita (Thunker) Wilken Nov 6 2010 9:39 AM