September 3, 1923 - November 18, 2015
Elsie Helen Pribila Kucera passed away peacefully in Dallas at the age of 92 on November 18, 2015 after a brief illness. She remained cheerful and in high spirits right up until her passing. Elsie was born in New Jersey on September 3, 1923 and attended Memorial High School in West New York, NJ. She worked at Western Electric in the administrative office after graduating. She married John Kucera in 1947 and they lived together in Guttenberg until April 1986 when John died. After John’s death, Elsie continued to live in Guttenberg among her relatives and friends. She made her first travel by plane in 1996 to visit her daughter, Eileen , and family in Vienna, Austria . She enjoyed her summer stay in Europe sightseeing in Austria and visiting the homeland of her ancestors in Slovakia and the Czech republic. After her return from Vienna she remained in Guttenberg until 2006 when she moved to Dallas to live with her only child, Eileen and her family. Elsie adjusted to life after the move from the east coast to the sunny southwest.
She was always the “cup half full” person, kind and thoughtful, with a great sense of humor. She was talented in sewing, embroidery, and crochet with a legacy of beautiful pieces. Her family will long be trying to match her cooking abilities with her wonderful traditional Eastern European recipes served on magnificent ‘works of art’ china and porcelain. As a member of the Sokols Club, she adhered to the theme of “Healthy mind and body” throughout her life, winning a bronze medal in gymnastics in her younger days. She never held a driver’s license relying on her own two feet to take her where she needed to go, truly a self sufficient woman with a heart of gold.
Her grandchildren were a source of pride to her and she loved being with the great grandchildren. She attended services at Holy Trinity Church and Christ the King where she was a member of the Altar society. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Kucera. She is survived by her daughter, Eileen and her husband Rudy Moras, grand children: Christopher, Penelope and her husband Daniel Fontenot, and Angela and great grandchildren Nicholas and Andrew. She also has numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews most of whom live in New Jersey and California. She will be missed by all for kindness, sense of humor and commitment to her family.
Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238
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