Barbara J. Dvorak
Barbara J. “Barb” Dvorak, age 59, of St. Paul, died unexpectedly, Sunday, February 24, 2019, at her home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 1, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Reverends Rayappa Konka and Ray Kosmicki concelebrated the Mass. Burial was in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Firefighter Final Rites were conducted at the church and cemetery and the Wood River Fire Department and Auxiliary served as Honor Guard. Peters Funeral Home, of St. Paul, is assisting the family. Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation. Condolences and memories may be shared with Barb’s family by visiting www. petersfuneralhome.net. Barb was born on September 3, 1959, at St. Paul, the daughter of Robert A. and Marlene J. (Svoboda) Holt. She was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Paul and later confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. She grew up on a farm north of St. Paul and attended St. Paul Public School. As a young girl she was involved in 4-H and Girl Scouts. She graduated from St. Paul High School in 1978, where she was active in pep club and school musicals. She then attended Kearney State College where she received her bachelors degree in education in 1982. She was united in marriage to Roger R. Dvorak on July 10, 1982, in St. Paul. The couple lived in Wood River where they raised their family. Barb worked at various jobs in the area over the years, including Casey’s in Wood River, Dandelion Daycare in Wood River, KDL and Noah’s Ark in Grand Island, as a para educator at Shelton High School and as a cook at Wood River High School. After being involved in a car accident in 2014, she became a full time “Zoom Grandma,” who would zoom to care for her grandchildren at a moments notice. In September 2018, the couple moved to rural St. Paul, where she lived the rest of her life. She joined the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Wood River in 1989. When her children were young she served as a Girl Scout leader and assisted with Boys Scouts. She was also a longtime member of the Wood River Fire Department and Fire Department Auxiliary. Barb enjoyed sewing and was passionate about following the wrestling teams of Wood River and St. Paul High Schools. She dearly loved spending time with her three grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Roger Dvorak, of St. Paul; mother, Marlene Holt, of Grand Island; children and spouses, Matthew and Karee Dvorak, of Doniphan, and Michaela and Eric Jackson, of Oxford; grandchildren, Max Dvorak, Bryar Jackson and Bryant Jackson; brother and sisterin- law, Bill and Christal Holt, of St. Paul; niece, Brittany Holt, of St. Paul; mother-in-law, Evelyn Dvorak, of St. Paul; sister-in-law and husband, Sharon and Ken Zlomke, of Lincoln; and brothers-in-law and wives, Bob and Betty Dvorak, of St. Paul, Ron and Julie Dvorak, of St. Libory, and Randy and Karen Dvorak, of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Holt; nephew, Derek Holt; and father-in-law, Alvin Dvorak.