Dorothy M. Cervenka
December 20, 1941 - February 3, 2019
Dorothy M. Cervenka, age 77, of New Prague, died peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in Jordan. Dorothy was born on December 20, 1941 in New Prague to Joseph F. and Mary (Novotny) Preslicka. She attended St. Wenceslaus Catholic School and graduated from New Prague High School. Dorothy married Benjamin T. Cervenka on July 2, 1960 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. In the early years of her marriage, she worked at Munsingwear and cleaned homes. The majority of her life was spent as a paraprofessional for the South St. Paul and Chaska school districts. She was passionate about the special education students that she taught and loved children in general, especially the little ones. She and Ben were honorary grandpa and grandma to the neighbor children, a title she cherished. In her earlier years, Dorothy was athletic. She enjoyed bowling and loved softball; she played both women’s and couple’s softball.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Ben of New Prague; children, Brian Cervenka of Jordan, Sherry Cervenka of New Prague, Scott (Lori) Cervenka of Askov; grandchildren, Benjamin, Sonya (Rick), Cassie (Jordan), Hannah; brothers, Don (Millie) Preslicka of New Prague, Ray Preslicka; sister, Martha Kadrlik of Rochester. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Bessie Pecholt, Ann Hartman; brother, Leonard Preslicka.
Dorothy’s memorial funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Reverend Dr. Steve Trewartha officiating. Visitation will take place 2 hours prior to service at the funeral home from 9 – 11 AM. Lunch will immediately follow the service at the Legion Clubroom.