Virginia A. Lucier Hoyt

April 2, 1934 - September 17, 2020

Virginia A. Lucier Hoyt, age 86, of New Prague, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.  Virginia was born on April 2, 1934 in Fargo, North Dakota to Charles E. and Cora A. (Vraa) Lucier.  She graduated from Owatonna High School and received her teaching degree from Mankato State Teachers College.  Her first job brought her to New Prague High School, where she would spend her entire career.  She was a tireless advocate of women’s sports and was instrumental in starting programs for girls, such as gymnastics.  Teaching was her passion and she could be found at school long after the school day ended, whether engaged in advising extracurricular activities like Pep Club and Homecoming or manning the gates at football and basketball games. Gregarious by nature, she developed many close friendships over the years with students she taught and her cheerleaders.  She was well-known for her summers working at the New Prague Golf Club.  After retirement she served many years on the school board and as an election judge.


She met her future husband, John G. “Jack” Hoyt in the autumn of her life and they married in 2001 in New Prague.  At that time, Virginia became very active in the American Legion and VFW Auxiliaries, since Jack had served in the military.  Their marriage was short-lived with Jack’s death just 5 years later.  Virginia was extremely close to her nieces and nephews and proud also to be a great-aunt and then a great-great-aunt.  She was proud to share the stories of their accomplishments and the time spent with them, as well as the family she knew as her New Prague family, the Moores.


Virginia is survived by 6 nieces and nephews and their St. Paul families and her New Prague family, the Moores; 14 great-nieces and –nephews; 6 great-great-nieces & -nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents; sister, Betty Dress.


Private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Kevin Clinton officiating.  Mass will be live-streamed on  Burial will follow Mass at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to NPHS Athletic Department.

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Pat O'Malley
3 months ago

As a young teacher when I arrived in New Prague, Lucie was one of the first teachers I met, and I knew then I had made the correct decision about starting my career in the Czech-German community. She loved the students and took pride in being an educator, a mentor to her colleagues and a wonderful role model for her students. She was a strong advocate for establishing women’s athletics at the high school level and paved the way for future female student-athletes. I will admit Lucie was sometimes known for lengthening the staff meetings before school with “just a… Read more »

Stacy Dress Fairbanks
3 months ago

Miss Lucier was Auntie to me. I am the youngest of her 6 nieces and nephews. I’ve enjoyed reading all of the memories and how my aunt touched so many of your lives, and the impact that she had. I remember her saying many times, that her students were her children. And she had a lot of children. I have fond memories as a child, visiting Auntie in New Prague. It was a much smaller town then. She will be missed, and thought of often.

Chris Lind
3 months ago

Miss Lucier was a wonderful person. She was so encouraging to be around. She could even make square dancing cool. May she rest in peace.

Karen Kubes
3 months ago

Miss Lucier was such a surrogate mom to us at the high school. She was always there to lend an ear or offer encouragement. I had mono the end of my junior year. Miss Lucier knew I wasn’t the healthiest eater…she always stopped by our table at lunch time. Well, my senior year she brought me a glass of orange juice every day at lunch.
She was a great lady and will be missed.

Dennis F. Dvorak
3 months ago

Linda and I send our sympathy to the family of “Lucy.” Lucy set a standard of leadership, commitment, and role model for young women. I took over her job as Pep Club and Homecoming advisor. I used her role model of leadership by keeping her philosophy intact, that students come first in and out of the classroom. We celebrate Lucy’s life as a former colleague and my wife as a former student while attending NPHS. Her contributions to New Prague Schools will be a legacy that hopefully will never be forgotten.

Karl Tise
3 months ago

As Bob Brinkman already observed, we, her colleagues, knew her as “Lucy.” I joined the staff in 1973, and a unique, somewhat surprising, lifetime friendship began. Losing Lucy hurts, but she gave me so many memories to treasure–I’ve never known anyone like her–not even close. As I saw her obituary, memories came flooding back, but one stands out. On her last day of workshop the year she retired, I found the building largely deserted as I walked into the teachers’ lounge to find Lucy alone at a table. Knowing her well, I suspected she was having a tough time leaving… Read more »

Stacy Dress Fairbanks
3 months ago
Reply to  Karl Tise

Thank you for sharing that wonderful memory. She was truly remarkable.

Cheryl Sticha Rezac
3 months ago

I also was lucky to have Miss Lucier as my teacher. I will never forget, it was the day for the Presidental Fitness Tests..The Flex Arm Hang..Miss Lucier put me up, I fell down, she put me up, I fell down..With a smirk on her face she said “Don’t you live on a farm?” HaHa clearly I did not do much work on the farm.
All these years she greeted you with a smile and fun conversation! Such a wonderful woman!

Dave Sticha
3 months ago

Whats really odd is that your story is something i recall as well 😀

Desiree Church
3 months ago

I, too, was a cheerleader under Miss Lucier’s tutelage. Miss Lucier dealt with a couple of my personal issues with respect and grace. I will always appreciate this and am saddened by her passing. It truly feels like the end of an era. I like the fact that the Moore’s were her New Prague family – condolences to all.

Margaret Schoenecker Kartak
3 months ago

Years ago when there was no “traveling” girls ANYTHING, Miss Lucier organized a summer traveling softball team with other women PE coaches In the area. We didn’t win any trophies, but we had fun and learned a lot about being supportive and contributing members of a team. She was truly a “pioneer” in the area of women’s sports in New Prague. That’s just one example of her lasting legacy.

Sharon Hanson
3 months ago

I was saddened to read of the passing of Miss Lucier. She was a wonderful teacher and friend. She will be missed.
Sharon Brown Hanson – Class of 1963

Bob Brinkman
3 months ago

“Lucy”, as she was known to the staff, was a dedicated, professional educator who always had time to share her thoughts and offer advice to those who asked. Working with her at football games for many years, serving on the NP Retired Teacher Scholarship committee she set up, working the popcorn stand at the State Bank or just visiting causally, she always had opinions. She touched many people in a variety of ways.

Judy Peterson
3 months ago

I knew “Lucy” as a co- worker at NPHS . She was always fun, always dedicated. I am so glad to hear of her marriage—I was not aware of that. Prayers to you all

Dawn Peters
3 months ago

I was saddened to hear about Ms. Lucier’s passing. I was also one of her cheerleaders. Beyond that, I was fortunate to be mentored, coached, and encouraged by this wonderful woman and teacher. She gave her heart and soul to the school, community, and her students. She had a great sense of humor; and I remember her sending a funny postcard from her trip to the mountains, checking on us when we were popping popcorn before a football game, and oh yes, holding our arms out horizontally during cheerleading practices! She understood students “trials” and we all knew we could… Read more »

Becky Wolf
3 months ago

My sympathy goes out to her family, she will be missed in our community. “Miss Lucier” is how I will forever remember her. I was a cheerleader in high school and I was one of the fortunate people to have been guided with her advice and reprimanded when it was needed. I always knew she cared. When my high school years were over and I moved back to New Prague, she continued to show her kindness and caring by visiting with me and my husband at every opportunity. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. Becky Wolf

Rebecca Mirelez Gladhill
3 months ago

She was an icon in the community. Always willing to help and a champion for New Prague sports and extra curricular activities. Leaving a legacy……RIP Luci

Linda Lovley
3 months ago

She was truly inspirational. Miss Lucier will always hold a special place in my heart. It was an honor to have known her. I am grateful to have a long list of wonderful memories of time spent with her. What a treasure she was for the New Prague school district and community. My condolences to her nieces, nephews and the Moore family.

Terence M. Doherty
3 months ago

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family. I never had much interaction with Ms. Lucier, but going to school at New Prague High School during 1967-71. You couldn’t deny her influence on the students. She was an ardent advocate for woman sports. We as students were greatly influenced in our own careers by all our teachers there at NPHS. Mrs. Virginia A. Lucier Hoyt will be greatly missed, but her influence keeps marching on in her students.

Veda Sirek
3 months ago

So sad to hear…she was in NP a couple of years before I came to teach in 1958. The day before school started she sat with me and went over the typical NP names of students. She often gave me rides to school. A great colleague!
She touched many student’s lives. May she Rest In Peace.

Michelle Sirek
3 months ago

What a remarkable teacher! She will be missed…RIP
Holding the family in my prayers through this difficult time.

Katherine Forberg
3 months ago

So Sorry to hear of “Lucy”s passing. She was an icon in NP. Everyone loved her. She started silver readers at Raven Stream and brought many retirees to listen to our 1st graders read. It was a highlight of their week (not to mention our teachers). Many thoughts and prayers.
Kate Forberg

Kathy Pedersen
3 months ago

She certainly will be missed. Our Sympathies to the Family.
Ken and Kathy Pedersen

Jean Vanasek Piazza
3 months ago

Miss Lucier touched and shaped so many lives including mine. So many wonderful memories; one cannot think of NPHS without thinking of Miss Lucier. Yes, even after 50+ years, she is still and always will be Miss Lucier to me. And to this day I still warmly remember my last day of PE class my sophomore year when Miss Lucier played the song “Getting to Know You” from “The King and I”. Thank you Miss Lucier for taking the time getting to know me.

Paula Kalton
3 months ago

So sorry. She is well remembered. Special!!

John and Toni Sacco
3 months ago

So sorry for your. Lucy was a gem and loved our community and our community loved her.Deepest condolences. Her smile and enthusiasm will be missed.

Sandy Eaton
3 months ago

Lucy….. there was no one like her! As one of her cheerleaders, I can remember at cheer practice, standing with our arms straight out to our sides for what seemed like hours, strengthening our arm muscles! Lol… Rest in peace dear Lucy!

JeNean and Steve Erickson
3 months ago

Our condolences and love to Lucy’s nieces, nephews and their families. Early on Miss Lucier influenced my choice of career path and gave me and many other girls precious opportunities to participate in girls’ sports. Later on she was a generous friend to us, our children, and grandchildren. Rest In Peace, Lucy. We’ll miss you.

Dick and Lenore Krava
3 months ago

Our sympathy to you, Steve, JeNean and the rest of her New Prague family.

Linnea Hautman
3 months ago

She was so fun and it was so easy to talk to her. Thinking of you JeNean and family.

Gina Privratsky
3 months ago

I always enjoyed swapping Phy. Ed. teaching stories with her.

Russ and Katie Seurer
3 months ago

She was the best.
Her legacy will live on. Such fond fun memories we have of her.

Sandy LeMay
3 months ago

What an awesome woman. She impacted so many. She was out going and friendly to all.

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