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Pribila Kucera, Elsie H.

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September 3, 1923 - November 18, 2015

Pribila Kucera, Elsie H.

 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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Jo and Mike Dever

November 28, 2015 1:35PM

Truly sorry for you and the families' great loss and that we barely got to know her! Mike and I remember Elsie as such a vibrant bundle of energy, joy and openness whenever we visited you in Dallas, those too few times. We knew her as a sharp lady with a wonderful sense of humor but not how active and fit she was back in New Jersey! We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and know you have a wealth of happy memories of her to cherish. God bless you all.

Bonnie Braganza

November 25, 2015 8:11AM

May God's peace be with you. Cherish the memories you created with Elsie Kucera. Francis and I will always remember her for her caring and loving nature. Eileen, its never easy to lose a parent and my prayers are with you, Rudy and Elsie's grandchildren and great grandchildren as they mourn for the loss of this wonderful lady. May the happy memories she leaves behind be a source of comfort for each one of you.

The Knappitsch Family

November 24, 2015 10:46PM

The Knappitsch family would like to express their sadness to Eileen, Angela, Penelope, Chris and Rudy for the loss of your precious Elsie. We appreciated her humor and friendship both in Vienna,Austria and Dallas,Texas. May her soul Rest in Peace with the Lord!

neville and doreen

November 24, 2015 5:54PM

Eileen, we are so sad about your loss. We pray that the peace of God will comfort you and all your loved ones at this time. Elsie was a wonderful lady with a terrific memory. She knew us when we called and communicated so clearly. Our prayers are with you all.

Jeanie and Gerry Essl

November 24, 2015 1:15AM

So sorry to hear of the death of your precious Mom Eileen. May our dear Lord cover the sad hearts in your family with His comfort and peace.

Mary Sheerer

November 23, 2015 12:24PM

Rest in peace Aunt Elsie

Lisa Higgason

November 22, 2015 7:01PM

I so enjoyed getting to know Elsie and will miss her sweet smile and sense of humor. Her entire family is in my prayers. Peace be with you.

Bob Faro

November 22, 2015 11:51AM

She was a wonderful woman and the mother of a childhood friend Eileen. In later years while she was still in Guttenberg I used to stop in for a visit and we had our monthly tea together. Fond memories of a wonderful lady. Condolences to Eileen and all the loved ones.