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Zdenka "Jenny" Ann Pavlish
Zdenka “Jenny” Ann Bruna was born Tuesday, September 2, 1924 in rural Tabor Bon Homme County to Joseph and Frances (Stybla) Bruna. Jenny completed eighth grade at Wysup Country School.
Jenny was united in marriage to Milo J. Pavlish January 29, 1946 at St George Catholic Church, Scotland, SD. She and Milo farmed near Scotland until their retirement in 1970. They then moved into their newly built home in Tyndall.
Zdenka worked at the Tyndall Bakery for 16 years and then worked occasionally for Gary and Linda Merkwan at Legacy Furniture over the next two years.
She loved cooking for family. Jenny is remembered for her delicious potato dumplings and kolaches. She was a hard worker, a true servant. The family never knew where she was because she was always working. Jenny’s enjoyment of tending flowers and mowing was evident in her beautiful yard. She was helpful and generous. Jenny even shared her clothesline and spare garage.
Jenny enjoyed crocheting doilies for family members while she relaxed. She was known as the town seamstress, sewing and mending clothing for many people. When family and friends visited, she would always tell them “Say hi to the family.” When Jenny was finished with a conversation with family-she would dismiss you. Jenny had a sweet tooth and always had cookies in the freezer and a candy dish on the table. She regularly shared her baked goods with friends and family.
Zdenka was a favorite with staff at Prairie Heights Health Care in Aberdeen because she was content to be by herself. She was a resident there for five years, until her death, Tuesday, November 10 at the age of 96.
Zdenka Pavlish was preceded in death by her husband Milo January 24, 1984; parents, Joseph and Frances Bruna; six brothers and sisters, Joseph, Lillian, Mildred, Frank, Charles, Libby, and Vlasta (Patsy) and one daughter Kathy Elic.
She is survived by her daughter Peggy Pavlish, grandchildren Amy (Greg) Teply, Cory (Kerry) Schortzman, Jason (Peggy) Schortzman; great grandchildren Meagan (Seth) Palmer, Justin Teply, Ashlyn Schortzman, Jaidyn Schortzman, Trinity Schortzman, Bridyn Schortzman, Caleb Schortman and Leah Schortzman.
Thoughts and prayers to Aunt Zdenka's family. The loss of a mother is always difficult. She is of the "greatest generation" and will be missed for her smile and certainly her baking.
Robert Soukup Nov 14 2020 8:16 PM
Sending you all love, hugs, and prayers. Such a beautiful smile and amazing lady! God bless.
Rosemary Souhrada and family Nov 14 2020 7:10 AM
Our love and prayers go out to all of her family. I remember when growing up, enjoying our visits to each others farms. Aunt Denny had a real talent for baking and sewing most anything. We will miss her dearly.
Don and Joyce Sykora Nov 14 2020 5:09 AM
My thoughts and prayers to her family, Aunt Denny will be so missed. My fond memories were when I came to visit my Dad we would make a trip to Tyndall to see Zdenka and she would always have a treat ready for us, if it was cookies or kolaches and coffee. I loved those times and will always remember her as a giving, caring person. I will miss her.
Judy Whitmore Nov 13 2020 11:48 PM
We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers . We have many good memories of our Aunt Denny and that beautiful smile. We will all miss her.
Dewane and Betty Frohreich Nov 13 2020 8:56 PM
My thoughts & prayers are with all your families...Zdenka was a sweetie...always had a smile...Us 3 girls so enjoyed our visit w/her and you Peggy when we were up to see her a few years ago. I still remember when I stayed at your farm to help her out when you girls were little.
Agnes Grovijahn Nov 13 2020 8:13 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Zdenkas family. We always enjoyed visiting with Aunt Zdenka when we were in SD.
Linda and Lee Fleischer Nov 12 2020 6:03 PM