Priscilla Drake Anderson Dvorak passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, Sept 1st. She was born in La Crosse at Grandview Hospital to Dr. Nels Philip Anderson and Evelyn Drake Anderson on May 1, 1926. Priscilla was the 5th child of 7; she had a delightful childhood and loved being in a large family.
Priscilla graduated from Aquinas High School in 1942 and Mount Mary University in Milwaukee with a degree in Social Work in 1946. Her post graduate work was at Viterbo and University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
Priscilla worked one year as a social worker and then married William Fox Dvorak on August 9, 1947 and was blessed with a large family of 3 boys and 3 girls. She was later employed by Catholic Charities for 16 years.
Priscilla had an adventurous spirit and her love of both domestic and international travel is embodied by her catch phrase “go while you can.” She took all 30 family members, ranging in age from 8 months to 84 years, on a special trip to Mexico. Priscilla loved gardening, reading, theatre, and playing cards. She grew up in Blessed Sacrament parish and worshipped at St Elizabeth’s in Holmen during later years.
Priscilla had a generous heart and spirit, always adjusted to the world around her, set the standard for aging gracefully, was quick to laugh, and left an outstanding legacy that is her family.
Priscilla is survived by her children; Bill Dvorak (Nancy), Mary Pat Olson (Dennis), Ann Rice (Ed), Mike Dvorak and John Dvorak (Carolyn), 8 grandchildren: Bill Dvorak (Molly), Missy Cyranek (Rob), Amy Dvorak, Matt Dvorak, Michon Olson, Joe Rice (Marian), Marina Dvorak, Izzy Dvorak; 9 great grandchildren: Will, Olivia, August, and Charlotte Dvorak, Madison, Taylor, and Joey Cyranek, Will and Quinn Rice and many nieces and nephews.
Priscilla was preceded in death by her parents, 6 siblings, husband William, daughter Patricia, and grandson Nicholas.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 Friday September 6, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 515 North Main St., Holmen. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 4 to 7:00 PM, at Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Home, 1501 West Avenue South, La Crosse, and from 12:30 until the time of Mass at Church on Friday. Father John Parr will officiate.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the Gunderson Health Care Hospice Program for their wonderful care.
Memorials may be given to St Elizabeth’s, Holmen, Birthright of La Crosse, or a charity of your choice.