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April 25, 2024

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Gladys Vodvarka, 95, of Dodge, died Thursday, April 25th. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, April 30th at 10:30am at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Dodge with Rev. Walter Jong-A-Keim as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery with lunch following at the church hall. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00pm at the church. Memorials may be directed to Dodge Fire and Rescue or the family for future designation. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.

Gladys Vodvarka was born on February 17, 1929, to Joseph and Marie (Kudlac) Vrba in Clarkson, NE. She grew up in rural Clarkson and attended Langley School District #34 and graduated from Schuyler High School. On May 3, 1948, Gladys married Frank Vodvarka at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. The couple had one son, Vern. Gladys and her husband lived on the family farm outside of Dodge where they raised cattle, pigs, horses, and chickens and row crops. In the early years on the farm you could find Gladys tending to her many laying hens along with helping with the cattle and other farming operations. In the later years on the farm Gladys helped anywhere she could with meals to the fields, opening cattle gates, and book work. In 2013 Gladys moved to Parkview Nursing Home in Dodge.

Gladys was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

Gladys is survived by her son, Vern (Becky) Vodvarka of Dodge; grandson, Brian Vodvarka of Yankton, SD; granddaughter, Amanda (Ryan) Clausen and their children Carson and Emma of Dodge.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 2001; parents, Joseph and Marie Vrba; parents-in-law, Frank and Bessie Vodvarka; sisters and brothers-in-laws; Anita and Jim Poulas, Wilma and Loran Votruba; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Leo Blaha.