Florence “Dodgie” Pribyl, 88, of Heron Lake passed away at the Mountain Lake Good Samaritan Home on Sunday, December 19, 2010. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Windom. Inurnment will immediately follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Heron Lake.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 from 5-7 PM at the church in Windom and an open house will be held on Wednesday from 12-2PM at the Heron Lake Community Center.
Florence “Dodgie” Louise Pribyl was born on April 18, 1922 to Walter E. and Ethel (Craddick) Dodge in Rochester, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Faribault. She attended Stevens College in Missouri and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in childhood education. She was hired to help establish nursery schools for the children of people who were hired to build the atomic bomb in Oakridge, Tennessee. She married Bernard Pribyl at Scott Field Air Force Base in Illinois on January 5, 1945. Bernie played trumpet in the Air Force Base band. After he left the service, they moved to Heron Lake and purchased the Heron Lake Pharmacy. Dodgie remained in Heron Lake until she moved into the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake in January of 2008. She passed away there on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the age of 88 years, 8 months, and 1 day.
Dodgie was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. She helped out at the drugstore. She was an active member of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Windom. She was a willing volunteer and CCD teacher at the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Heron Lake. She was a 30 year volunteer and leader in the American Cancer Society, a 20 year member of the Southwest Minnesota Mental Health Board, and helped organize the hospital auxiliary. Dodgie was instrumental in starting a kindergarten program and also helped start a library in Heron Lake. She strongly supported the Heron Lake schools, hospital, nursing home, and swimming pool. Her favorite memories were of Sunday picnics to nearby lakes and parks and enjoying her children’s activities. Dodgie belonged to two book clubs, enjoyed reading to children at school, and she also read to residents of the Good Samaritan Home in Mountain Lake.
Dodgie is survived by her daughter, Jan Wilson and special friend Barry Bondhus, of Jeffers, MN, two sons, Wally and his wife Kathy, of Webster, South Dakota, Tom and his wife Sheila, of Roseville, MN, six grandchildren, Steve and his wife Karin, Todd, Sam and his fiancée Mary Stroll, Jenny and her husband Jake Remitz, Jessie, and Nate, two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Madeline, three brothers-in-law Jack Lenberg f Richfield, MN, Vern and his wife Myra Pribyl of Hutchinson, MN, and Frank and his wife Marianne Pribyl of Stevensville, Michigan, sister-in-law, Helen Dodge of Rochester, MN, and many nephews and nieces.
Dodgie was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Bernie, her parents, her brother Bill, and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorials and cards to be sent to P.O Box 111, Jeffers, MN 56145. Please designate which of the following charities you prefer memorial to be sent: American Cancer Society, Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Windom, or Heron Lake Community Center.
Blessed be the memory of Dodgie Louise Pribyl.