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Marian L Dvorak Elza
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Birth: Feb. 2, 1920
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 2011
DuPage County
Illinois, USA


(February 2, 1920 - June 1, 2011)

Marian L. [Dvorak] Elza, 91, of Westmont died after a short illness on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at ManorCare Health Services in Westmont.

Born on February 2, 1920, Marian liked to tell the story about how she was born on a cold Groundhog's day after her mother slipped and fell on the ice. She was born in Chicago but it wasn't long before her parents, Albert and Anna (Kocar) Dvorak, moved to 16 North Warwick Street in Westmont. She married William (Bill) Alexander Elza on February 6, 1937 and they had five daughters and five sons. Marian was preceded in death by her husband; sons William A. Elza, Eugene B. Elza, Raymond Elza, William T. Elza, and James Harold Elza; and by daughters, Elvina Rose Hale and Dorothy Ann Morgan; and Marian's sister, Vivian Rose Dobias. The family moved In July 1967 to 306 South Adams Street after a fire destroyed the house her father built on North Warwick St. She was Westmont's longest living resident.

Marian graduated from Westmont Central School and attended Hinsdale High School. For a student project/competition at Central School, she created the slogan "Westmont the Progressive Village" that was used as a banner on the printed Westmont newspaper for many years, and eventually evolved into "Westmont Progress" today. As a girl, she performed with a small dance group doing Czech folk dances for the town, and was a sought-after pianist to accompany choirs and perform in many town and school events. Despite failing vision, she continued to play polkas from memory to the delight of her family and friends throughout her lifetime. She worked at the old Zolotar dry cleaners on Quincy (across from the train station), at Prince Castle in LaGrange, and was respected manager at LAB-TEK (then located on E. Burlington Ave in Westmont and later in Aurora), a Division of Miles Laboratories out of Elkhart, Indiana, that eventually became Miles Scientific.

She attended the Holy Trinity Church in Westmont, and was an avid attendee at the Westmont Pow-Wow days and concerts in the park, and enjoyed traveling to visit children and grandchildren.

One of the best part of Marian's heritage was in passing along her artistic talents in sewing, cooking, and her love for music. She was a former member of the Faithful Circle Quilters in Downers Grove and enjoyed creating stacks of quilts. She also loved to crochet, made extensive Barbie Doll wardrobes for her granddaughters, and passed on her embroidery talents to every daughter by the time they were five years old.

She is survived by a daughter, Marlene Brown of Shawano, WI; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Raymond Klemak of Drummonds, TN; a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Gordon Schupmann of Bedford, NH; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren. Marian cherished her personal relationships and made strong and long-lasting bonds with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

Viewing will be held at Toon Funeral Home in Westmont on Tuesday, June 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (8:00 to 9:00 a.m. for family), followed immediately by services officiated by her grandnephew, Frank Szewczyk, who is Pastor and Spiritual Director at St. John's United Church of Christ. Burial will occur immediately afterward at the family plot in Clarendon Hills Cemetery.

No matter how long we have them, we aren't ready to let go. We love you and will miss you, Mom.

Family links: 
  Albert Mike Dvorak (1887 - 1970)
  Anna T Kocar Dvorak (1899 - 1938)
  William Alexander Elza (1915 - 1985)
  William A. Elza (1938 - 1938)*
  Eugene B Elza (1939 - 1939)*
  Raymond Elza (1942 - 1942)*
  Marian L Dvorak Elza (1920 - 2011)
  Vivian R Dvorak Dobias (1921 - 1995)*
*Calculated relationship
Clarendon Hills Cemetery
DuPage County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section Y Block C Lot 24b Grave 8
Created by: Kathryn Cabral
Record added: Dec 21, 2013
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Rest In peace Marian
- Kathryn Cabral
 Added: Apr. 12, 2014

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