Lavina Dohmen Svihel, 93

Lavina M. Dohmen Svihel, 93, of New Prague, died on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital in New Prague.

Lavina was born January 20, 1920, in Helena Township, Scott County, a daughter of Sigmund and Anna (Schommer) Schmitz. Born and raised in the St. Benedict area, she attended St. Benedict School and then lived in New Prague since her marriage. Lavina married Albert F. Dohmen on April 9, 1940, in St. Benedict. Albert died in 1969, and she then married Leslie E. Svihel on October 23, 1970, at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague. She worked as a sales clerk at the Mickus Five & Dime, Jerry’s Fairway Foods, Bilek’s Bakery and West End Liquor. Lavina was a member of the Catholic Aid Association and the St. Wenceslaus Council of Catholic Women, and she enjoyed playing cards with friends and family.

She is survived by a daughter Helen Pexa, New Prague; two stepdaughters Bonita (Robert) Taraba, Montgomery, and Pamela (Timothy) Dorn, New Prague; three grandchildren Timothy and Janet Pexa, Montgomery, Cheryl Pexa, Eagan, and Kimberly and Van Guentzel, Burnsville; five great-grandchildren; two great-greatgrandchildren; and a sister Amanda Shimota, New Prague.

She was preceded in death by her first husband on June 6, 1969; her second husband on March 9, 2009; son-inlaw Dan Pexa; her parents; and brothers Clarence, Jerome, Erwin, LeRoy, Ralph and Milo Schmitz.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 8, at 11 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, with Rev. Kevin Clinton officiating.

Interment will be at the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague. Pallbearers will be Timothy Pexa, Janet Pexa, Cheryl Pexa, Kimberly Guentzel, Van Guentzel and Chuck Shimota.

Visitation is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Wenceslaus Church.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are with the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague.

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