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Carol Jean Dvorak

Carol Jean Dvorak, 69, died Monday, August 25, 2008 at Dow Rummel Village after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Carol Bauer was born at home on August 29, 1938 near Artesian, SD to Gerald and Bertha (Rankin) Bauer. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Artesian High School where she excelled in Basketball and was a member of the Glee Club and 4H. She earned her degree from Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls and worked at Modern Press (CCL Label). She married John Dvorak of Parker on July 9, 1960 and made their residence in Sioux Falls. She devoted her life to raising her 4 children by being involved in every aspect of their lives. She also volunteered many years of her life at Avera McKennan Hospital (over 2000 hours), Parish Altar Societies, Dakota Chapter MS Society, President of the Sioux Falls Ostemy Group, and many other service organizations. She was a well-recognized member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she attended for many years. She enjoyed many hobbies including gardening, cross-stitch, playing cards and bingo, and had a perfect 300 game during league bowling. Prior to her death she was able to embark on her dream vacation, a cruise to Alaska, with her children. Blessed for having shared her life are her sons, David, of Harrisburg; Gerald (Lisa), of Sioux Falls; Matthew (Tracie), of Yankton; daughter, Laurie (Rodney) Nibbe of Apple Valley, MN; 13 grandchildren; and 5 siblings, Vernon (Kay) of Coon Rapids, MN; Harlyn (Dorothy) of Byron, MN; Beverly (Ardell) Donahue of Fedora; Dale (Barb) of Sioux Falls; and Rick (Le) of Brookings. She will also be missed by the staff and friends at Dow Rummel Village, as well as her lunch and card groups. She is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Geri Ann; daughter-in-law Arlys Dvorak; son-in-law: Duane Malkow; one brother, Marvel; and twin sisters Karen and Bonnie. Visitation will be Wednesday, 4 PM at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:45and a Scripture Vigil at 7 PM.

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